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Columbia University’s Park Williams will discuss what we know on the devastating wildfires in the United States and around the world that have gripped our attention in recent years and their possible connections to human-caused climate change.

Dr. Park Williams is an Associate Research Professor at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory whose research focuses on bioclimatology: the study of climate processes from the perspective of the living world. Williams is especially interested in the climatological causes and the ecological consequences of drought. His research aims to improve understanding of drought and its effects on terrestrial systems, including forests, the carbon cycle, agriculture, and humanity. An ultimate goal is to advance scientific knowledge in ways that are relevant and interesting to the public, as a more informed public drives more informed environmental policy.


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