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Global warming researcher to be honored at 39th Presidential Seminar

Date of Release: 02/20/2006

SAN MARCOS—David R. Butler, a professor in the Department of Geography at Texas State University-San Marcos, will be honored by university President Denise M. Trauth at the 39th Presidential Seminar Tuesday, Feb. 21.

Butler will discuss “Environmental Change and the Western Mountain Initiative,” during the seminar. The event will begin at 3 p.m. in Alkek Library 105-106 on the Texas State campus. A reception will follow.

Over the past 25 years, Butler has conducted research at Glacier National Park, Mont. Over the course of his studies, Butler has witnessed dramatic environmental changes in the park--glaciers have rapidly receded, animal and plant distributions have been altered in response to warming conditions, and geomorphic processes such as snow avalanches have become increasingly unpredictable. Similar responses to environmental change are being reported throughout other key National Parks in the mountainous west. The Western Mountain Initiative is a U.S. Geological Survey-funded five-year project which extends Butler’s observations of environmental change in Glacier National Park to mountainous ranges throughout the American west.

This 39th Presidential Seminar is free and open to the general public. Seating is limited.