Events in Kitsap County
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Practical Evolution: Why Understanding Natural Selection Matters for All of Us
There's plenty of controversy and misinformation out there about evolution, but the basics are straightforward. If some individuals produce more offspring than others, any heritable traits they have will be more common in the next generation. Multiply that by tens or hundreds of generations and you can get some pretty big changes. In this talk, we'll look at evolutionary implications of the choices we make, and how understanding evolution can make for a better world.
Dr. Jennie Hoffman - Jennie has been broadly engaged in the field of climate change adaptation for over a decade. She helps organizations integrate climate change into their work through direct engagement and targeted research, and develops and leads adaptation-related workshops and trainings for diverse audiences. Her areas of expertise include decision making under uncertainty, climate change vulnerability assessment, and adapting conservation, planning, and resource management for a changing climate. She recently contributed to an award-winning vulnerability assessment guidebook and associated training course, and is author or co-author of several books and reports, including Climate Savvy: Adapting Conservation and Resource Management to a Changing World. She has a PhD in marine ecology.
Climate Risk Governance and Washington
Environmental policy's history has deep roots in Washington. Our Evergreen State also has been a leader in climate risk governance but why and to what end? Dr. Troy D. Abel shares his insight on our state's struggle to develop effective climate policies and how funding by the National Science Foundation can influence research and policy.
Dr. Troy Abel is the Academic Program Director of the Huxley on the Peninsulas Program and an Associate Professor of Environmental Policy in the Department of Environmental Studies. His scholarship informs a teaching program committed to fostering an interactive classroom and student research collaborations. He is currently involved in several large grant projects focused on environmental governance including one from the National Institute of Health. He is an award-winning author of several books including FIVE SEASONS IN ECTOPIA: Rainforest Immersion and Conservation Action in Costa Rica.