UI Explorers Lecture Series Opens Sep. 23 with Iowa Flood Talk

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

University of Iowa News Release

Is there a link between Iowa’s changing climate, intensive land use, and an increase in flood frequency and intensity? Ecologist Connie Mutel will explore that issue in a public talk to kick off the fall semester of the University of Iowa Explorers Lecture Series Thursday, Sept. 23.
 
The lecture series is a program of the UI Museum of Natural History and features UI researchers, professors, and students presenting their cultural and environmental research. All lectures are free and open to the public and take place in the Museum of Natural History’s Biosphere Discovery Hub Gallery, Macbride Hall, at 7 p.m., followed by a question and answer session. Refreshments will be served.
 
Mutel’s talk is titled "A Watershed Year: Flooding in Iowa," which draws on the science revealed in her most recent book, "A Watershed Year: Anatomy of Iowa’s 2008 Floods," which was published this year by the University of Iowa Press. Mutel is an archivist and historian at the UI’s IIHR - Hydroscience & Engineering. Her environmental books include "Fragile Giants: A Natural History of the Loess Hills," (1989) and "The Emerald Horizon: The History of Nature in Iowa" (2008).