UND to present next Gransberg Family environmental studies seminar Monday, Nov. 18

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The University of North Dakota's College of Arts & Sciences, along with support of the Gransberg Family Endowment in Environmental Studies, is presenting a series of seminars pertaining to sustainable landscape management throughout this year.

The next campus and community-wide seminar and discussion will take place on Monday, Nov. 18 at noon in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. Dr. Carol Williams will be presenting on "Ecosystem services restoration through collaborative intervention at the conservation-economy nexus: A Wisconsin grasslands example."

"The major challenge the world faces is maintaining a functional ecosystems that provide us with a variety of critical ecological services," said Dr. Isaac Schlosser, UND director of biology field stations.

Williams is a research scientist in agronomy at the Wisconsin Energy Institute for the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Williams will introduce ideas of public-private partnerships in resource conservation and ecological restoration, with an emphasis in the role of private gain and "working lands."

"The goal of the seminar series is to explore these relationships in both rural and urban working environments in order to make a better decision about how to achieve this goal," Schlosser said.

Williams's work concentrates on large-scale landscape experiments and project development in Wisconsin.

She is currently leading a study with public and private partners to develop and manage at-scale and commercially viable biomass projects that serve as an anchor for research, education and outreach.