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Cranes Alas, we are done for the semester. Thank you for your interest in our seminar series! We are glad to have seen so many of you attending our seminars. This is what we are about: to provide informative seminars and to engage with you! See you again in the fall!

Our last seminar was on Tuesday, April 3rd, when Dr. Leslie Thompson and Dr. Mary Murimi presented the theme "Climate and Food", on topics such as food security and nutrition. Dr. Todd Brashears from the Department of Agricultural Education and Communications was our discussant.

Thank you for making this possible! See you in fall.


Our March seminar was presented by Dr. Fernando Riosmena, with the theme "Climate and Migration". Dr. Riosmena was visiting TTU from UC Boulder, Colorado.

Our February 6 seminar featured Dr. Robert Forbis from the Department of Political Science who discussed the energy portfolio of ERCOT and other US energy grids. In particular it focused on the mix of alternative energy resources, where they are being produced, and how they are being used—and the distinction for consumers faced with a choice between regulated and deregulated electricity markets.

Older seminars are below and you can download them for free on iTunes.

May 2, 2017

Jennifer Smith | Department of Biological Sciences| Gardening and Plant Adaptation
Debbie Zak | Director of Zoo Crew at Northridge Elementary| Gardening in Lubbock
John Zak | Department of Biological Sciences | Gardening and Climate Variability

Watch Jennifer's Seminar | Watch Debbie's Seminar | Watch John's Seminar | Watch the Panel Q & A

April 4, 2017

Katharine Hayhoe | Department of Political Science | Spirituality
Kevin Young | Senior Pastor at St. John's United Methodist |Spirituality and Climate
Ken Baake | Department of English | Theological Responses to the Discovery of Oil

Watch Katharine's Seminar | Watch Kevin's Seminar | Watch Ken's Seminar | Watch the Panel Q & A

March 7, 2017

Eric Crouch |Transportation and Parking Services | Transportation & Parking Sustainability Efforts
Lon Mirll | TTU Operations Division | Energy Management at TTU
Robert Forbis | Department of Political Science | Innovative Municipal Sustainability Initiatives
Carey Hewett | TTU Operations Division | Sustainability Efforts on Campus

Watch Eric's Seminar | Watch Lon's Seminar | Watch Robert's Seminar | Watch Carey's Seminar

February 7, 2017

Jaclyn Cañas-Carrell | Department of Toxicology | Climate Change in Environmental Toxicology
Heather Greenhalgh-Spencer | College of Education | E-Waste and Environmental Education
Jerry Dwyer | College of Education | Applied Mechanics and Mathematics to Glaciology
Patricia Solís | Department of Geosciences | Youth Mappers Program

Watch Jaclyn's Seminar | Watch Heather's Seminar | Watch Jerry's Seminar | Watch Patricia's Seminar

December 6, 2016

David Driskill |College of Architecture | Transforming Alleys into a City of Spanish-Indebted Courtyards
Jennifer Vanos | Department of Geosciences | Microclimates
Jason Hodges | PLA at Prairie Workshops | Resilient Landscapes

Watch David's Seminar | Watch Jennifer's Seminar | Watch Jason's Seminar | Watch the Panel Q & A

November 1, 2016

Chris Cook | Office of Communications & Marketing | Coverage and Consumption of Climate Science
Melanie Sarge | College of Media & Communications | Key Issues of Public Communication
Ron Roberts | KAMC News Lubbock | Cliamte News

Watch Chris' Seminar | Watch Melanie's Seminar | Watch Ron's Seminar

May 3, 2016

Matthew Barnes | Department of Natural Resources Management | Detection of Invasive Species using eDNA
Samantha Kahl | Department of Natural Resources Management | Preventing Brown Tree Snake & Habitat Suitability
Steve Presley | Department of Environmental Toxicology | Invasive Species on Emerging and Resurgent Diseases

Watch Matthew's Seminar | Watch Samantha's Seminar | Watch Steve's Seminar | Watch the Panel Q & A

April 5, 2016

Robert Forbis | Department of Political Science | Shifting Utility Monopolies to Solar
Anne Epstein | Private Practice & Lubbock Board of Health | Health Risks from Unconventional Oil and Gas Development
Steve Moon | Lubbock Power and Light | Energy Efficiency

Watch Robert's Seminar | Watch Anne's Seminar | Watch Steve's Seminar | Watch the Panel Q & A

March 1, 2016

Chuck West | Department of Plant and Soil Science | Water and Agriculture
Alex Pearl | Texas Tech School of Law | Water Resources and Climate Change
Kerry Griffis-Kyle | Department of Natural Resources Management | Wetlands
Ken Rainwater | Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering | Water Resources

Watch Chuck | Watch Alex | Watch Kerry | Watch Ken | Watch the Panel Q & A

February 2, 2016

Shaowen Wang | UIUC Department of Geography and GIS| Big Data
Alan Sill | TTU High Performance Computing Center |High Computing Systems that Help with Climate Modeling
Guofeng Cao | Department of Geosciences | How Social Media Plays a Role in Big Data
Patricia Solis | Department of Geosciences | Responsibilities and Opportunities of a Revolution

Watch Shaowen| Watch Alan | Watch Guofeng| Watch Patricia | Watch the Panel Q & A

December 1, 2015

Gad Perry and Regan Ribordy|TTU Office of International Affairs | Opportunities for International Research and Cooperation
Bruce Clarke | TTU English Department | Planetary Immunity: The Gaian System
Nathaniel Wright |TTU Department of Political Sciences |Greening the Hood: What Strategies do Nonprofits use to Create Sustainable Communities?

Watch Gad & Regan's Seminar |Watch Bruce's Seminar | Watch Nathaniel's Seminar

November 3, 2015

Andy Wilkinson | TTU School of Music | Promises of Rain
Sarah Fritts | TTU Natural Resource Mangement | Do Wildlife Matter?
Brian Schrek | TTU Department of Political Science & National Wind Institute | Talking about climate change:
Public Discourse, Beliefs, and Policy Preferences.

Watch Andy's Seminar | Watch Sarah's Seminar | Watch Brian's Seminar

October 6, 2015

Allison Pease | TTU Natural Resource Management | Potential Impacts of Environmental Change on the Functional
Structure of Stream Fish Assemblages
Robert Perl | TTU Architecture | Ten Ideas About Buildings and Sustainability
Brett Houk | TTU Archaeology| The Ancient Maya: A Case Study in Climate, Culture, and Collaps

Watch Allison' s Seminar | Watch Robert's Seminar | Watch Brett's Seminar

May 5, 2015

Alex Pearl | TTU School of Law | The Tragedy of the Vital Commons
Dr. Brian Hirth | TTU National Wind Institute | Commercializing Texas Tech University Research to Optimize Global Wind Plant Performance
Caleb Crow | TTU Operations and Department of Political Science | Getting Our House in Order: Reducing the Climate Impact of Texas Tech University through Sustainability

Watch Alex's Seminar | Watch Brian's Seminar | Watch Caleb's Seminar

April 7, 2015

Dr. Lisa Gittner | TTU Department of Political Science | Modeling Obesity and its Connection to Climate Change
Dr. Glenn Cummins | TTU College of Media and Communications | Public Engagement and Climate Change Using Online Media
Dr. Jorge Salazar-Bravo | TTU Department of Biological Sciences | What Natural History Collections Can Tell Us About Climate Change

Watch Lisa's Seminar | Watch Glenn's Seminar |Watch Jorge's Seminar

March 3, 2015

Dr. Joey Young | TTU Department of Plant and Soil Sciences | Turf Management Strategies to Mitigate Urban Heat Islands
Dr. John Barkdull | TTU Department of Political Science | Adapting Political Science to Climate Change
Dr. Dustin Sweet | TTU Department of Geosciences | What Fossil Soils can Tell us about the Ancient Climate History of the Southern Plains

Watch Joey's Seminar | Watch John's Seminar | Watch Dustin's Seminar

February 3, 2015

Dr. Annette Sobel | Texas Tech Health Sciences Center | The Complexity of One Health
Dr. Michael SanFrancisco | Dean, Texas Tech Honors College | Atmospheric Transport of Microbes and Emerging Disease
Dr. Veronica Acosta-Martinez | TTU Department of Plant and Soil Sciences | Climate Stress Effects on Soil Microbial Communities under Agroecosystems

Watch Annette's Seminar | Watch Michael's Seminar | Watch Veronica's Seminar

December 2, 2014

Dr. Warren Conway | TTU Department of Natural Resources | Salinas and Snowy Plovers of the Southern High Plains: Harbingers of Climate Change
Dr. Sara Spurgeon | TTU English Department | How we talk and write about water
Dr. Tim Dallas | TTU Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering | Shining Light on Solar Energy

Watch Warren's Seminar| Watch Sara's Seminar | Watch Tim's Seminar

November 4, 2014

Dr. Cristina Bradatan | TTU Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work | Drought and Conflict in Three Texas Settings
Dr. Patricia Solis | TTU Research Development Team & Department of Geosciences | Geography Mapping as a Collaboration Process for Interdisciplinary Teams in Climate Change Research and Education
Dr. Jennifer Moore-Kucera | TTU Department of Plant & Soil Science | Soil & Environmental Microbiology Soil Microbes as Key Players in Climate Chang

Watch Cristina's Seminar | Watch Patricia's Seminar | Watch Jennifer's Seminar

October 7, 2014

Dr. Venki Uddameri | TTU Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering | Groundwater Droughts - A Tale of Two Aquifers in Texas
Dr. Mark Stoll | TTU History Department | The Historical Roots of Evangelical Denial of Global Warming
Dr. Paxton Payton | USDA - ARS | Approaches to Improved Crop Production in Water- Limited Environments

Watch Venki's Seminar | Watch Mark's Seminar | Watch Paxton's Seminar

September 2, 2014

Dr. Eric Bruning | TTU Department of Geosciences & Atmospheric Sciences Group | Lighting Flash Size Distributions and NOx Chemistry
Dr. Rodica Gelca | TTU Department of Environmental Toxicology & TTU CSC | The Impact of Climate Change on Surface Water Quality
Dr. Brad Dabbert | TTU Department of Natural Resources Management | Tech Alliance Weather Influences on Quail Growth

Watch Eric's Seminar | Watch Rodica's Seminar | Watch Brad's Seminar

April 1, 2014

Dr. Nancy McIntyre | TTU Biological Sciences | Fragmentation of the Playa lake Network Across the Great Plains
Dr. Michael Farmer | TTU Natural Resources Economics | Managing Long-Run Land Use Changes Amid Differing Opinions
Dr. Richard Peterson | TTU Department of Geosciences | Weather Modification and Rainmaking in West Texas

Watch Nancy's Seminar | Watch Michael's Seminar | Watch Richard's Seminar

March 4, 2014

Dr. Robert Duncan | TTU Vice President for Research | Geoengineering

Dr. Blake Grisham | TTU Natural Resources Management | Microclimate Effects on the Lesser Prairie Chicken

Dr. Olga Murova | TTU Agriculture and Applied Economics | Agriculture and Climate Change

Watch Robert's Seminar | Watch Blake's Seminar | Watch Olga's Seminar

February 4, 2014

Dr. Jeff Lee | TTU Department of Geosciences | Winds in the Dustbowl
Dr. Katharine Hayhoe | TTU Department of Political Sciences and TTU Climate Science Center | Change Projections for a Tiny Watershed
Dr. Clifford Fedler | TTU Civil and Environmental Engineering | Biomass Recycling

Watch Jeff's Seminar | Watch Katharine's Seminar | Watch Clifford's Seminar

December 3, 2013

Dr. Melanie Sarge | TTU Media and Communications | Biased Processing and Evaluating Climate Change Messaging
Dr. Tim Grabowski | TTU Natural Resources Management | Climate Implications to Fish Populations
Dr. Jonathan Maul | TTU TIEHH | Temperature Effects on Pesticide Toxicity

Watch Melanie's Seminar | Watch Tim's Seminar | Watch Jonathan's Seminar

November 5, 2013

Dr. David Driskell | TTU College of Architecture |Lubbock's Avenue J Project
Dr. John Zak |TTu Biological Sciences | Interactions between Microbes, Climate, Cotton and our Ecosystems
Dr. Robert Forbis | TTU Department of Political Sciences | Energy, Policy, and Climate Change

Watch David's Seminar | Watch John's Seminar | Watch Robert's Seminar