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AERC: Association of Ecosystem Research Centers

2012 AERC Symposium

October 18

The Ripley Center Theater, Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C.

"The Role of Ecosystem Science in National Security"

The Program: : Building on last year's briefing topic of Benefits of Ecosystem to Humans in the 21st Century in which the theme focused on the benefits that ecosystems provide society; sometimes referred to as "ecosystem services", this year's Briefing will address on The Role of Ecosystem Science to National Security. Presentations by nationally recognized experts with focus on the importance of ecosystem science to 1) water security, 2) food security, 3) energy security, and 4) disease transmission. These presentations will by interdisciplinary in scope and will couple the natural sciences that are the core of ecosystem research with their connections to social issues importance to the future of this country and the world.

12:00 - 1:00 pm

Lunch for registered attendees (please register)

1:00 - 4:45 pm

Scott Miller Ph.D., Deputy Undersecretary for Science, the Smithsonian

Welcome and Introduction
David E. Smith Ph.D., President of the Association of Ecosystem Research Centers (AERC)

Title: Human Ecology, Human Resilience, Human Security
Howard Passell, Len Malczynski, Marissa Reno, Daniel Villa
Presented by: Howard Passell Ph.D., Sandia National Laboratory, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Title: Societal Reliance on the Global Freshwater Resources
Presented by: Paolo D'Odorico Ph.D., Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia

Title: The Role of Ecosystem Science in Food Security
Presented by: Molly E. Brown Ph.D., Biospheric Sciences Branch, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Title: Environmental Consequences of Past and Future Energy Production in the United States
Presented by: Avner Vengosh Ph.D., Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University

Title: Environmental Change, Infectious Disease, and Biosecurity
Presented by: Richard S. Ostfeld Ph.D., Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

4:45 - 5:00 pm

Flash presentations
Flash presentations by representatives of federal funding agencies about opportunities and direction for the next year will follow Presentations.

5:00 - 6:30 pm

Reception for attendees following the Symposium.