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BC Expert to Lead Vernon Discussion on Climate Change

Okanagan College will once again host its Science in Society Speaker Series, and this one will focus on adapting to climate change.

The series will take place at the college’s Vernon campus with thought provoking public seminars by Dr. Richard Hebda. Hebda is the curator of Botany and Earth History at the Royal BC Museum, Professor at the University of Victoria, and a paleontologist for the province. He will explore what can be done to adjust to coming changes.

The public is invited to hear from Hebda as he presents “What can we do to adapt to a changing planet?” on Tuesday October 13th at 7:30 p.m. at the Lecture Theatre at the College’s Vernon campus.

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“Ever-evolving impact models clearly reveal that ecological transformation on a continental scale is on its way,” said Hebda. “It is vital that we strive to understand what defines the ecological integrity of our ecosystems and embed those characteristics in their management.”

The presentation will draw upon Hebda’s extensive research with plant fossils and their distribution over time and place to shed light on the evolution of B.C.’s landscape and climate. He will help clarify what ecological integrity means, and how we can adapt to climate change including discussing how recent discoveries concerning B.C.’s alpine flora can help with large-scale adaptation strategies.

Admission to the event is $7 in advance and $10 at the door. For advanced tickets, please call the Okanagan Science Centre at (250) 545-3644.

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