Just over two years ago, Shenandoah University Associate Professor of Marketing Giles Jackson, Ph.D., who has an interest in sustainable development, contacted a Columbia University ecologist who was opening a research station in Vietnam.
Their resulting collaboration is the subject of a lecture titled, “The Frontiers of Climate Research: Bidoup Field School, Vietnam.” The lecture will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25, in Henkel Hall, Hester Auditorium, on the main campus of Shenandoah University. It is free and open to the public.
Dr. Jackson will present the lecture, and will be joined via Skype by Brendan Buckley, Ph.D., Lamont Research Professor at Columbia University. Dr. Buckley is co-founder of the Bidoup Field School at Bidoup Nui Ba National Park (BDNP), a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve located in the central highlands of Vietnam. Jackson oversees the business aspects of the field school. Both professors are members of the national park’s International Advisory Board.
Through the Bidoup Field School, scientists and university students examine the relationships among BDNP’s remarkable variety of plants and animals, their geographic ranges, and how they may be affected by climate change. The Bidoup Field School plays a vital role in collecting much-needed baseline data, and it may serve as a model for tropical forest research around the world.
The Feb. 25 lecture is sponsored by Shenandoah University’s Environmental Studies Program. In case of inclement weather, the program will be rescheduled for Tuesday, March 1, at the same time and location.