February Sip of Science -- The Oil Palm
From: Scott Jackson (sjackzen46gmail.com)
Date: Fri, 31 Jan 2014 23:50:48 -0800 (PST)
This looks to be an interesting program, and who can resist a 'sip of
science' on Darwin's birthday? If I weren't singing that evening, I get a
couple of regular emails from the Institute on the Environment, and I
appreciate its work.

Scott Jackson
sjackzen46 [at] gmail.com

*February Sip of Science -- The Oil Palm: Agricultural Marvel, Environmental
Dr. Kimberly M. Carlson, Institute on the Environment, University of

Wednesday, February 12, 5:30 - 7:00pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main St. Minneapolis

Palm oil is probably an integral part of your life. Used in products
ranging from granola bars to soap, it is the most-consumed vegetable oil in
the world. The high-yielding oil palm, which only grows near the equator,
has been vilified as a leading driver of deforestation and carbon
emissions. Until recently, little robust research has confirmed these
allegations. New satellite remote sensing analyses provide documentation of
oil palm's accelerating expansion into Southeast Asia's tropical forests
and peatlands. Carlson will assess the environmental consequences of the
rapidly growing oil palm industry, identify gaps in our understanding of
how plantation expansion alters ecosystems, and explore potential solutions
to reconcile palm oil production with conservation.

Kimberly Carlson is a Global Landscapes Initiative postdoctoral scholar at
the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment. She earned her
doctorate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. While
not exploring trade-offs between agriculture and the environment, you can
find Kim on a yoga mat, running around a lake, learning to speak
Portuguese, or dancing lindy hop.
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