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News Release

May 13, 2008


Louis Bergeron, News Service: (650) 725-1944,

Boething Lecture on Forests and the Human Predicament set for May 15

David Tilman, professor of ecology at the University of Minnesota, will deliver the annual Boething Lecture on Forests and the Human Predicament at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 15, in Braun Auditorium in the Mudd Chemistry Building at Stanford.

Tilman, a world leader in studying the impacts of the loss of biological diversity on the functioning and stability of ecosystems, will deliver a lecture titled "Sustaining Food, Biofuel and Forests on a Full Earth."

His talk will address whether growing a diversity of native plants can provide more energy for biofuels than growing a monoculture such as corn, soy or switchgrass and allow us to maintain biodiversity and agricultural lands for food production.

The Boething Lecture series, in honor of John and Susan Boething, addresses forest resources and processes, and their relationships to human populations. The lecture is co-sponsored by Stanford's Center for Conservation Biology, the Program in Human Biology and the Woods Institute for the Environment.

The lecture will be followed by an informal reception. Both the lecture and reception are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Peggy vas Dias at 723-3171.



Peggy vas Dias, Biology Research: (650) 723-3171,

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