When: Fri., Nov. 20, 7-8 p.m. 2015
Urban ecologist Dr. Peter Groffman will discuss how the homogenization of American cities impacts the environment. Cities and suburbs in very different parts of America share familiar patterns of roads, neighborhoods, commercial areas, landscaping, and water features. Groffman will explain how these similarities can help us understand land use change from local to continental scales. Learn how lawns and other development choices influence biogeochemical cycles, how eco-minded planning can improve the way urban areas process potential pollutants like nitrogen and carbon, and why Groffman suggests that, in today's changing world, we need to tune into 'bio-geo-socio-chemistry.'