From glaciers to streams, water will take center stage in a spring seminar series at West Virginia University.

WVU’s Environmental Research Center in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design will host three lectures dealing with the origins of and challenges to our water supply.

Ethan Steinman of Daltonic Films will introduce his film, “Glacial Balance,” at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, in the Gluck Theatre at the Mountainlair and again at 7 p.m. in the Metropolitan Theatre on High Street. The film takes viewers on a journey from Columbia to Argentina, featuring people on the front lines of a melting glacial reserve. Along the way, viewers are joined by scientists who provide perspective on the effect these disappearing glaciers are having worldwide.

William White will speak on “Ground Water in Karstic Terrain – A Half Century of Progress” at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, in 334 Percival Hall. White is professor emeritus of geochemistry at the Pennsylvania State University. During his career at Penn State, he held a joint appointment between the Department of Geosciences and the Materials Research Laboratory, teaching a course on cave geology for many years. He has written more than 100 technical articles on caves and karst and is the author of several books, including a textbook, “Geomorphology and Hydrology of Karst Terrains.” He is the co-editor of two editions of “Encyclopedia of Caves.”

Melinda Daniels will speak on “Stream Restoration Needs and Approaches – Identifying the Real Problems and Applying the Right Tools from the Restoration Toolbox,” at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, in 334 Percival Hall. Daniels is an associate research scientist at the Stroud Water Research Center in Avondale, Pa. Her research program focuses on the fluvial geomorphology, hydrology and stream ecosystem ecology of natural and human-modified river systems. Her interests include river restoration, watershed management and stream ecosystem science.

The seminar series is supported by the Anderson Faculty Enrichment Fund. All seminars are free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served. There are opportunities to interact with the speakers before and after seminars. Please contact Jim Anderson (304)293-3825 or for additional information.



CONTACT: David Welsh, Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design

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