January 17, 2007
Charles Harmon Director of University Relations, Dr. David L. Bechler Biology Department (229) 293-6063
Impact of Global Warming? Polar Bears subject of VSU ConnellLecture
The 25th Anniversary of Valdosta State University’s Annual Clyde
Eugene Connell Visiting Lecture Series will be a discussion on the
“Long-Term Trends in Polar Bear Ecology in Relation to Climatic
Change.” Dr. Nick J. Lunn, Research Scientist with the Canadian
Wildlife Service, Environment Canada, will be the lecturer. The
event, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for
Thursday, January 25, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. in VSU’s Whitehead
Polar bears and their future have been in the headlines in recent months with discussion centered on the possible impact of global warming. On December 27, 2006, U.S. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne announced the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to list the polar bear as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act and initiating a comprehensive scientific review to assess the current status and future of the species. Dr. Lunn was quoted in the national media following the Interior Department’s announcement. He previously has been interviewed or appeared on CBS’s 60 Minutes, the Canadian Broadcasting Company’s News In Depth, CNN, and ABC’s the Foreign Correspondent.
Lunn’s primary research interests lie in polar marine ecology, with particular emphasis on marine mammals. He has been involved in studies of polar bears, arctic seals, Antarctic fur seals, penguins, and albatrosses. Currently, his research is directed towards polar bears and ecological relationships within marine ecosystems.
Lunn received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the University of Alberta and undertook his Ph.D. with the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge, United Kingdom.
The Clyde Eugene Connell Visiting Lecturer Program, coordinated through VSU’s Biology Department, was the first endowed visiting lecturer program established at Valdosta State. The program is named after former VSU biology professor Dr. Clyde Eugene Connell.