Environment Studies professor Michael Loik will discuss the drought at "Naturalist Night" on March 15

March 09, 2016

Associate Professor Michael E. Loik in the Sierra's in January.
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On Tuesday, March 15, learn about California’s drought of 2011 – 2015 with Michael Loik, Associate Professor from the Environmental Studies Department, UCSC.

Loik will deliver a talk as part of Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History "Naturalist Night." He will discuss the current El Niño conditions of the tropical eastern Pacific Ocean, and how these events affect our lives here in California.

About Michael Loik:

Michael E. Loik is an Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He received his B.S. in Biology and M.Sc. in Botany from the University of Toronto, completed his Ph.D. in Biology at the University of California Los Angeles, and did a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California Berkeley. His research focuses on how climate changes (short-term episodic weather events and longer-term climate trends) affect plant and soil water relations and photosynthesis. Although Loik has worked largely in desert and montane ecosystems of the western United States, he has also studied the ecophysiology of tropical forest restoration efforts in Costa Rica. In 2013, Loik was a Visiting Fellow at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment in Australia, where he is part of a ClimateSmart forestry study. At UCSC Loik teaches courses in climate change ecology and plant physiological ecology. He is on the executive board of the University of California Institute for the Study of Ecological and Evolutionary Climate Impacts, coordinates the state-wide California Ecosystems Drought Experiment, and is on the steering committee for DroughtNet and the International Drought Experiment.

Event details:

California’s Drought and El Niño
When: March 15, 7- 8:30 PM
Cost: $12 General/$6 Members
Location: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
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