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Laurier Public Lecture: Mining Alberta’s Ecological Capital

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Mar 25/11

Professor Brad Stelfox will deliver a public lecture, “Mining Alberta’s Ecological Capital: The Need to Internalize Ecological Goods and Services into Landuse Planning,” March 31 at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Stelfox, who is an adjunct professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta and the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary, will focus on the past, current and future scale and rate of landscape transformation in Alberta. 

“This will be a fascinating look into how human activity changes landscapes and ecosystems, and how to use that information in environmental planning,” said Scott Slocombe, Laurier’s McMurry Research Chair in Environmental Geography and event organizer. 

His presentation will track historic land use practices in Alberta and project a future landscape based on industry and government estimates of development for the energy, forestry, agriculture, mining, transportation, urban and rural residential sectors. 

Stelfox received the Alberta Emerald Foundation Award in 2004 and the Alberta Science and Technology Award in 2003. He has been recognized for his contributions with the Alberta Landscape Cumulative Effects Simulator (ALCES) model in advancing understanding of landuse sustainability issues and in seeking solutions that balance economic, social and ecological indicators.

The free public lecture takes place March 31 at 4 p.m. in Laurier’s Senate and Board Chamber. 

This event is sponsored by the McMurry Research Chair in Environmental Geography, Laurier’s Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, the Laurier Institute for Water Science, the Dean of Arts Office, and the Office of the Vice-President: Academic.

For further information, contact Dr. Scott Slocombe: or 519-884-0710 ext. 2781. 


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