Nancy Grimm to speak at "Lecture at the Nexus", April 9, 2019

Dr. Nancy Grimm

Renown sustainability scientist, Nancy Grimm, to Lecture at UM Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Renown and prolific sustainability scientist Nancy Grimm will give the spring semester “Lecture at the Nexus” at the University of Montana at 4 p.m., Tuesday April 9, in Room 204 of the James E. Todd Building. She will present “Climate Change, Disturbance, and Extreme Events: how will cities respond?”. A reception on the 2nd floor foyer will follow at 5 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

Earlier that day at noon, Dr. Grimm will also participate in an informal “Nexus Forum” discussing “Science & Practice: Water & Resilience” in Room 203 of the James E. Todd Building. She will be joined by UM and BRIDGES faculty including Dr. Lisa Eby of the Department of Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences and Dr. Brian Chaffin and Dr. Alex Metcalf, both of the Department of Society and Conservation.

The “Lecture at the Nexus” series is hosted by UM BRIDGES, an interdisciplinary graduate training program that prepares future leaders to advance societally relevant science at the nexus of water-energy-food systems. Dr. Grimm’s UM visit is co-sponsored by the UM Office of the Research & Scholarship, the Flathead Lake Biological Station, and the Office of the Provost. Dr. Grimm’s visit to UM will highlight the critical interactions between science and practice in effecting sustainable solutions.

Dr. Grimm is the Virginia M. Ullman Professor of Ecology in the School of Life Sciences and Senior Sustainability Scientist in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University. She is an ecosystem ecologist and interdisciplinary sustainability scientist who studies interactions of climate change, human activities, resilience, and biogeochemical processes in urban and stream ecosystems. She co-directs the Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network (URExSRN) and works with cities to co-produce visions of resilient and sustainable futures. Grimm is a Past President of the ESA and a Fellow of AAAS, ESA, SFS, and AGU. Dr. Grimm is also an editor for Earth’s Future, an editorial advisor for Ecohydrology and the Jjournal of Urban Ecology, and associate editor for Sustainability and Frontiers in the Built Environment: Urban Science.

“We are excited that Dr. Grimm is coming to speak at UM,” said UM BRIDGES Program Coordinator Alisa Wade. “She has numerous awards recognizing her substantial contributions to understanding both urban and natural water systems.”

Water-energy-food systems are inherently interconnected, forming a nexus that is critical to societies, economies and ecologies around the globe. UM BRIDGES brings together researchers, students and practitioners from across the UM campus that seek to translate science to action and engage in interdisciplinary approaches. Dr. Grimm will provide an example of how scientists and practitioners must work together across multiple disciplines and across the natural and urban environments to move toward sustainable and secure water systems.


Please see Dr. Grimm's presentation at UM here