William Ripple, a distinguished professor in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University who has drawn worldwide attention for his research on wolves and other predators, and for publishing a scientists’ warning to humanity, will speak at the Corvallis Science Pub on Monday, Nov. 12.
Ripple’s presentation, “From wolves to the Warning to Humanity: Facing the Environmental Crisis through Science,” will be hosted by Worthy Brewing and the Worthy Garden Club. It begins at 7 p.m. at the Whiteside Theatre, located at 361 SW Madison Ave, Corvallis. Doors open at 6 p.m.
The author of numerous highly cited studies, Ripple helped popularize the concept “ecology of fear,” in which the loss of top predators like wolves has a cascading effect on the ecosystem. In Yellowstone Park, for example, the return of wolves is starting to lead to the reestablishment of trees, shrubs, beaver, birds, and even the shape of the streams by altering the density and behavior of elk.
Ripple received global attention last year for publishing a second scientists’ warning to humanity paper about the need to protect the environment, which has been signed and endorsed by more than 20,000 scientists from 184 countries.
In his Science Pub presentation, Ripple will discuss how his conservation research and concern about the global environment and climate change led to him publish the paper. He will share his journey from ecological research to science advocacy, providing suggestions for how the planet might avert an impending environmental crisis.
Ripple says he understands that he has launched a movement. “Soon it will be too late to shift course away from our failing trajectory.”
Ripple will also be featured in a documentary, under development at OSU. The feature film project that explores the impact of the paper and the new scientific movement recently launched a crowdfunding campaign. More information about the effort is available at secondwarning.org.
Science Pub is free and open to the public, but due to its continuing popularity, advance registration is necessary and tickets will be required. Registration is available online or by calling University Events at 541-737-4717. Free street parking is available as well as at the city hall lot, two blocks from the theater. Vendors will serve veggie pizza by the slice and Worthy Brewing’s Strata IPA, featuring hops developed at OSU.
Story by: Ian Vorster