Ann Arbor: WESeminar on the Road with Barry Chernoff


The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations presents a WESeminar on the Road

Swimming Upstream in the Anthropocene and the Labors of Hercules

A faculty lecture by Barry Chernoff, Robert K. Schumann Chair of Environmental Studies and Director of the College of the Environment
Join Professor Chernoff as he discusses how biotic responses to human-mediated environmental change differs from responses to non-human-induced change. What changes have occurred in recent history?  What can we learn that will allow us to predict what may happen in the future?  The answers to these questions are critical for human mitigation and adaptation in the face of changing climate and ever more fragmented ecosystems.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Reception: 6 p.m.
Lecture: 7 p.m.

Hosted by Essel ’66 and Menakka Bailey
1 Hillside Court
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-2605

Kindly RSVP by February 28th

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Professor Barry Chernoff joined the Wesleyan Faculty in 2003 where he holds the Robert K. Schumann Chair of Environmental Studies.  He is currently chairs the Environmental Studies Program and is Director of the College of the Environment. He teaches courses in Environmental Studies, Tropical Ecology, Aquatic Ecosystem Conservation, Quantitative Analysis and Evolutionary Biology for the departments of Biology and Earth and Environmental Sciences.  Chernoff’s research centers on the freshwater fishes of the Neotropical region, primarily those in South America in the Amazon.  His research includes ecology, evolutionary biology and conservation.  Chernoff has published 89 peer-reviewed scientific works, including 6 books and edited volumes.  He has led international teams on expeditions designed to conserve large watersheds of the world, having made more than 32 expeditions in 12 countries. Recently, Professor Chernoff and his students have been working on aquatic ecology and conservation genetics of Connecticut watersheds.  In the past he has held professorial and curatorial positions at the Field Museum, University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Pennsylvania and the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia.  He holds visiting positions at Universidad Central de Venezuela and the Museu Zoologia de Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brasil. Chernoff has received a number of awards including the Caleb T. Winchester Outstanding Scholar and Teacher Award presented by Xi of Psi Upsilon at Wesleyan University in 2006, and a Commendation for Excellence in Teaching awarded by the University of Chicago in 2000. Chernoff was elected to the Connecticut Academy of Sciences and Engineering in 2005, where he chaired the Environmental Science and Technology Board until 2010.  From 1993-1999, he served on the U.S. National Committee for the International Union of Biological Sciences, serving as Vice-Chairman from 1995-1997 and  Chairman from 1997-1999.  He serves on the Inland Fish Commission’s Endangered and Threatened Fishes Panel for the CT Department of Environmental Protection. Chernoff co-wrote the script for a short documentary film entitled “Understanding Biodiversity” that was awarded finalist status at a number of film festivals, including Cannes, Toronto and Sundance, and received the Silver Apple Award from the American Educational Network. He has served on the boards of a number of community-oriented foundations, including the Confluence Greenway Project of St. Louis, Mo., and as President of the Sustainable Aquatic Research Center.  A co-founder, Chernoff served as President of The Jonah Center for Earth and Art in Middletown, CT from 2004-2010. Chernoff performs with two musical groups:  the electric rock band, The Boneshakers, and the acoustic string band, Mattabesset.