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Warm, Wet and Windy — Adapting to Climate Change in the Apostle Islands

  • Madeline Island Museum 226 Colonel Woods Avenue La Pointe, WI, 54850 United States (map)
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Free and Open to the Public

Speaker: Dr. Randy Lehr, Co-Director of the Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation

This presentation will discuss results from ongoing research at Northland College’s Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation that is focused on understanding the Chequamegon Bay and Apostle Islands ecosystem.

Dr. Lehr will highlight the potential impacts of climate change throughout the region and discuss how communities might adapt to life in a warmer, wetter and windier climate.

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Since 2010, Randy Lehr has been the Bro Professor of Sustainable Regional Development at Northland College, leading and directing students, faculty, and staff in the field and in the classroom. In August of 2015, Lehr became the co-director of the Mary Griggs Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation.

My research is broadly related to environmental assessment and ecosystem restoration. I am very interested in understanding the processes by which environmental change occurs and how individuals and communities can be more effectively engaged in efforts to protect and restore ecosystem health. My current research focuses on: (1) assessing climate change impacts in Lake Superior and supporting regional initiatives to adapt to future climate conditions; and (2) understanding how different groups use and value water resources and how different ecological processes and public policies support and promote different values over time.
— Randy Lehr