Please mark your calendars!  Ignacio Rodriguez-Iturbe's seminar has been RESCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY APRIL 22, 2010!
Ignacio Rodriguez-Iturbe is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, at Princeton University.   Dr. Rodriguez-Iturbe conducts research at the interface of hydrology and ecology is the recipient of the 1998 Horton Medal in hydrology,  the  2002 Stockholm Water Prize, and the 2009 William Bowie Medal.  
Thursday APRIL 22, 2010
Speaker: Ignacio Rodriguez-Iturbe, James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton University
Time: 3 pm - 5 pm Thursday, February 11, 2010
Location: 209 Emerson Alumni Hall 
Seminar Title:  Hydrology and Biodiversity:  A Crucial Link for a Sustainable Future



The diversity of life on earth is essential for the functioning of the ecosystems which make possible the well being of human societies. This Biodiversity is intimately linked to the dynamics of the water cycle on earth, e.g., the hydrologic cycle. Among many other crucial factors, both the habitat capacity of different regions as well as the dispersal mechanisms of different species are linked to the dynamics of the water cycle and to geomorphoclimatic characteristics of the different ecosystems. Thus, the biodiversity of freshwater fish depends on the runoff characteristics existing on the different parts of a river basin as well as on the structure of the drainage network. Similarly, the diversity of forests is very much dependent on the rainfall regimes of the regions they occupy. Among the most important causes of biodiversity loss are the decrease of appropriate habitat (particularly from conversion to agriculture) and the impact of anthropogenic climate change. These two factors are studied in the possible reduction of tree diversity in the Mississippi-Missouri River System. The controlling role of hydrologic dynamics on fish diversity in that system as well as in the vegetation of wetlands as the Florida Everglades is also examined.  



Wendy Graham, Ph. D.
Carl S. Swisher Chair in Water Resources
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