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Agriculture and the transformation of Planet Earth
Dec
10
2012
December 10, 2012 12:45 PM
A talk by Professor Navin Ramankutty on agricultural land use and environmental impacts.
 
Feeding the world while minimizing the environmental footprint of agriculture will be a major challenge for the 21st century.  Navin Ramankutty will present his research documenting the global extent and intensity of agricultural land use, evaluating its environmental impacts, and exploring potential solutions for managing the food-environment tradeoff.

Download the event poster here.

Navin Ramankutty received a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the P.S.G. College of Technology, in Coimbatore, India, and master's degree in Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Illinois, where he discovered his keenness for the topic of climate change and its impacts on human societies. His M.S. research involved the use of climate models and observations over the last 150 years to identify the causes of climate change and examine the patterns of change. He then completed his PhD in Environmental Studies (with specialization in Land Resources) at the University of Wisconsin, examining the role of human land use changes on terrestrial ecosystem functioning. Currently he is a Professor in Geography at McGill, researching how global land use, interacting with climate change, influences ecosystems and the services they provide to human societies.


  Location:
Liu Institute for Global Issues, Multipurpose Room
December 2012
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