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St. Ambrose presents biology lecture

St. Ambrose presents biology lecture

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Press release submitted by St. Ambrose University


DAVENPORT, Iowa—Can research about invasive and endangered plants improve the management of biodiversity? How do afterschool gardens, community outreach, and campus food waste composting programs aid in the cause of sustainability? On Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m., Lissa Leege will give a free lecture, “From Conservation to Campus Composting: A Story of Sustainability in Research and Action,” at St. Ambrose University. Part of the university's yearlong “Justice” event series, the Hauber Chair of Biology Lecture will take place in the Rogalski Center.

Leege is a professor of biology whose research centers on threats to rare plants, including the effects of fire and invasive species on endangered plant populations. She is the founding director of Georgia Southern University’s Center for Sustainability (CfS). Under her direction, CfS has developed a sustainability concentration for undergraduates and a Sustainability Advisor certificate program for the general public.

CfS also hosts an annual Sustainability Seminar Series, which has featured speakers such as Steven Chu, past U.S. Secretary of Energy and Nobel laureate, and a grant program has allocated nearly $650,000 to campus sustainability projects. A founding member of the Georgia Campus Sustainability Network and the Savannah Sustainability Alliance, Leege recently co-authored an environmental science textbook, “The Environment and You” (2nd Edition).

Leege earned her doctorate in plant ecology from Michigan State University and is a graduate of the esteemed Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership.

The Hauber Chair Lecture was named in honor of nationally known biologist Monsignor Ulrich Hauber. A 1905 graduate of St. Ambrose College and biology faculty member for 48 years, he served as fifth president of the college from 1926–1930. This lecture series is funded by the St. Ambrose Biology Department.


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