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Biologist Guy McPherson, climate change expert, to speak on campus today
Monday, April 02, 2012

Guy McPherson
Guy McPherson

Renowned climate change expert Guy McPherson will present two free public lectures on Monday, April 2 at SUNY Fredonia. He will discuss global climate change and energy decline at 1 p.m. in 101 Jewett Hall and the building of sustainable communities at 7 p.m. at the Technology Incubator in Dunkirk. Following the presentation at the Incubator, local vendors and conservation experts will address options for creating more energy efficient housing.

McPherson is professor emeritus of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Arizona, where he taught and conducted research for 20 award-winning years. His scholarly work, which focused on biological diversity, has produced ten books and more than 100 articles. In addition, McPherson has consulted for the U.S. Department of Defense, The Nature Conservancy, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, the Association for Fire Ecology and other leading organizations.

Since retiring from full-time teaching, McPherson, an energetic speaker and talented moderator, has embarked on an extensive international speaking tour, which has included a TEDx talk in Tempe, Ariz. He has appeared before countless audiences to speak about the two primary consequences of fossil-fuel addiction: global climate change and energy decline. 

McPherson is actively working toward everyday solutions to the problems he outlines. He lives in an off-grid, straw-bale house where he puts into practice his lifelong interest in sustainable living via organic gardening, raising small animals for eggs and milk, and working with members of his rural community. He also shares property developed specifically to provide food and water.  While in Chautauqua County, he will be consulting with homesteaders who wish to develop their own durable living arrangements.

Both events are free and open to the public, and are sponsored by SUNY Fredonia’s FACE Center and Sustainability Committee. Additional support for McPherson’s visit comes from Sam and Vickey Kaiser and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northern Chautauqua.

For more information about McPherson’s speaking tour, please visit his blog “Nature Bats Last” ( or contact Dr. Christine Jarvis at

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