Expert to Illuminate Connection Between Soil and Climate Change in Dickinson College Lecture

A closer look at soil as a signal of environmental change

by Megan Bell '19

Geography professor and landscape researcher José-Damian Ruiz-Sinoga will present the lecture, “Soil Degradation as an Indicator of Global Change,” at Dickinson on Tuesday, April 2, at 7 p.m. in the Anita Tuvin Schlechter (ATS) Auditorium.

Ruiz-Sinoga will analyze the importance of soil as a signal of environmental change and as an important framework to understand sustainability in the age of climate change. He will explain how the health of soil is a fundamental concern for farmers and those who rely on agricultural production, and he will discuss new mechanisms to adapt to these concerns and the changing climate.

Ruiz-Sinoga is professor of physical geography at the University of Málaga, in Spain, and the head researcher of the Physical Geography and Landscape research group. His interests include soil-water-plant relationships, desertification and soil degradation in Mediterranean environments, the role of human and socioeconomic aspects in the management of watersheds and the impact of global warming in the south of Spain.

The event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and a Civic Learning and Engagement Initiative Grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. It is co-sponsored by the Churchill Fund and the departments of environmental studies; Spanish & Portuguese; earth sciences; the Center for Global Study & Engagement; and the Center for Sustainability Education. It is part of the Clarke Forum’s semester theme, Sustainability.

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Published April 1, 2019