Start Date/Time: Thursday, April 23, 2009, 4:00 PM
Ending Date/Time: Thursday, April 23, 2009, 5:00 PM
Location: 102 Fishery Sciences (Auditorium), 1122 NE Boat St, University of Washington
Speaker: James Anderson, Professor, UW Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
Topic: What Have They Done to the Rain? A Brief History of the People, Fish, and Science of the Columbia River
Born of volcanoes, glaciers, and great floods over thousands of millennia, the Columbia River became the habitat of vast populations of salmon and freshwater species. But human enterprise progressively reshaped the river and its ecology into what it is today, an organic machine. I trace the geological, ecological, and cultural highlights of this 17,000,000 year history, ending with the challenges scientists face today in understanding how technology and climate change are shaping the river and its fishes in the 21st century.