Scott E. Schlarbaum, a professor of forest genetics at the University of Tennessee, will address the question, “Why All the Concern About Climate Change? Forests in the Future Will be Very Different With or Without Climate Change” on Thursday, Feb. 7.
The lecture will be in the City Room at Roane State Community College in Oak Ridge at 7 p.m. It’s free and open to the public.
This program kicks off the Arboretum Society’s 2013 lecture series.
A highly respected tree improvement and tree genetics researcher, Schlarbaum teaches at UT’s Institute of Agriculture, Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, UT Tree Improvement Program.
Schlarbaum joined the Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries in 1984 and is currently a James R. Cox Professor of Forest Genetics. He is responsible for teaching an undergraduate course, directing graduate students, and for the leadership of the University of Tennessee’s Tree Improvement Program, which is in its 53rd year.
He is the author of numerous articles on forest genetics, tree improvement, forest health, and plant cytogenetics. Schlarbaum has testified as an expert witness on forestry and forest health issues before various subcommittees and committees of the U. S. House of Representatives. He has served as an associate editor for Silvae Genetica and Forest Genetics and was the science adviser for exotic forest pests to the National Park Service from 2005-2010. Additionally, Professor Schlarbaum has served for many years on the USDA Crop Germplasm Advisory Committee for Woody Landscape Plant.
To learn more about the Arboretum Society, go to www.utarboretumsociety.org. For more information on the program, call (865) 483-3571.