“Growing A Revolution – Bringing Our Soil Back to Life”

Geology Lecture Series at Southwestern

Photo of author Dr. David Montgomery  Image of Book Cover, Growing a Revolution

Coos Bay, OR  –  Southwestern’s geology lecture series is pleased to welcome back geologist and MacArthur Fellow Dr. David R. Montgomery to Southwestern on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 7:00 pm. Dr. Montgomery will present a lecture based on his book, “Growing A Revolution – Bringing Our Soil Back to Life.” Throughout history, great societies that abused their land withered into poverty or disappeared entirely. Now we risk repeating this ancient story on a global scale due to ongoing soil degradation, a changing climate, and a rising population. Dr. Montgomery introduces us to farmers around the world at the heart of a brewing soil health revolution. He cuts through standard debates about conventional and organic farming to show why regenerative agriculture can benefit farmers and the land. By combining ancient wisdom with modern science, Dave makes the case for an inspiring vision where agriculture becomes the solution to environmental problems by helping feed all of us, cool the planet, and restore life to the land.

Dr. Montgomery received a BS from Stanford and a PhD from UC Berkley. Dave is a professor of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington. His approachable writing has made him a three-time winner of the Washington State Book Award and recipient of the Shea Award presented by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers. Additionally, he has numerous publications in all of the leading peer reviewed scientific journals, including Nature, Science, Geology, GSA Today, and more.

Join us in the lobby before and after Dr. Montgomery’s talk to discuss our south coast links to soil with representatives from the following groups starting at 6:30 pm: Coquille Indian Tribe; OSU Coos County Master Gardener’s Program; South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve and Coos Watershed Association.

Geology Lecture Series talks are free and are held in the Hales Center for the Performing Arts on Southwestern’s Coos Campus, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay. For those not able to attend in person, all lectures are Livestreamed and archived, with access from the College's website at https://livestream.com/SWOCC/geology2017-18. The final talk in the series this academic year will be by Dr. Josh Roering (University of Oregon) with “Lakes: How geologic accidents help us decipher past earthquakes, climate, and landscapes in Cascadia” on May 19, 2018 at 7:00 pm.  Lecture series sponsors include DB Western, The Mill, the Southwestern Foundation and the College. 

For additional information, please contact Ron Metzger at 541-888-7216.

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