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Biology

Natural Science Seminar Dec 6th at 4:00pm

Friday, Dec. 6
4:00  (refreshments will be served at 3:50)
147 Science

1200 Miles in a Canoe: Canada's Mackenzie River and the American Arctic
Tom Cottrell
Department of Biological Sciences, CWU


A little about Dr. Cottrell and his talk, in his own words:

I completed my B.A. in Environmental, Population, and Organismal Biology at CU Boulder in 1982.  After graduating I joined the Peace Corps and spent two years in Niger, West Africa as a crop protectionist.  Following my return I entered an M.S. program in Range Science in Fort Collins, CO.  Two years later, degree in hand, my wife and I sold our belongings and moved to Europe for 10 months.  When we returned I began a Ph.D. in botany, graduating in 1993, we moved a couple times seeking a place where we could be close to wilderness, finally finding the position here at CWU in 2000.

I first went to the arctic as an undergraduate in 1979 when I spent three months in a remote valley of the Gates of the Arctic National Park.  This experience has colored my life and was the impetus that propelled me through my Master’s and Ph.D. degrees.  Since then I’ve spent time in the Arctic Wildlife Refuge; floating the Yukon River; and most recently paddling the Mackenzie River.  As a plant ecologist I view the boreal regions of North America as the premier locations to see and experience a world that is nearly pre-industrial: extremely remote and often still pristine.


Visitor parking permits are available to community members who would like to attend.  Please contact the Biology Office at 963-2731 by 12:00 on the day of the seminar to make arrangements.