2016 Sustaining Our World Lecture: Lynda V. Mapes

For our annual Sustaining Our World Lecture coming up on Thursday, April 21, the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences is extremely pleased to welcome Lynda V. Mapes, author and environmental reporter for the Seattle Times: “Witness Tree: My year with a single, 100-year old oak.”

2016_03_MapesThe lecture is open to the public and will be held on Thursday, April 21, from 6 to 7 p.m. in Johnson Hall 102. Event registration is free, but we encourage you to RSVP as soon as possible to make sure we have enough seating for everyone!

About the Lecture
What can one tree tell us about our changing world? Lynda will show slides from her year exploring the human and natural history of a single, 100-year old red oak tree at the Harvard Forest in Petersham, Mass., and read from her book Witness Tree, forthcoming from Bloomsbury Publishing.

About the Speaker
Lynda Mapes is a staff writer at the Seattle Times, where she specializes in covering native cultures, natural history and environmental topics. Over the course of her career, she has won numerous national and regional awards, most recently a 2012 award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest professional science association. She has written three previous books, most recently Elwha, a River Reborn (The Mountaineers Books, 2012), about the largest dam removal project ever in history and the effort to restore a wilderness watershed in Washington’s Olympic National Park, and its once legendary salmon runs. Now in its second printing, the book also was the inspiration for a major exhibition at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in Seattle from September 2013 to March 2014, and is now touring across the country for three years.

2016_03_Mapes2In 2013-14, Lynda was awarded a prestigious nine-month Knight fellowship in Science Journalism at MIT. While there, she focused her study on how seasons and species are affected by climate change. Her research trips to the Harvard Forest for this work earned her the honor of an appointment as a fellow and science writer in residence at the Harvard Forest.

As her work with scientists at the forest unfolded, she discovered the idea for her new book project, Witness Tree, an intimate look at what one tree in the forest tells us about climate change, now under contract with Bloomsbury Publishing. In March 2014, Lynda was awarded another prestigious fellowship, this time from Harvard University. Her 12-month Bullard Fellowship in Forest Research began in September 2014, enabling her to take up residence at Harvard to continue her work and write Witness Tree.

A birder, gardener, hiker and close observer of the natural world, Lynda lives in Seattle with her husband, Doug MacDonald.


We hope you can join us. Register today!

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