Monday, April 18, 2011

TTU Environmental Talk Set For Wednesday

Tennessee Tech University will welcome Sally Rollins Palmer for an Environmental Sciences Colloquium at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20. The presentation by Palmer, entitled "Averting a Water Supply Crisis While Protecting Endangered Species: Partnerships Pay Off for Tennessee's Duck River," will be held in Pennebaker Hall, room 128.  Palmer's presentation is sponsored by TTU's environmental sciences Ph.D. program and the Center for the Management, Utilization and Protection of Water Resources.

The Duck River in Middle Tennessee is one of the most biologically diverse rivers in North America. The Nature Conservancy launched its Duck River program in 1999, and over the last decade it has been involved with many federal, state and local partners who were beinning to tackle the water supply challenges facing several communities in the river's watershed. The Duck River program and its partners have contributed to the development of a broader process led by the state of Tennessee to direct completion of regional water supply plans in critical regions of the state.

Palmer has 13 years of professional experience in ecology and conservation biology, working primarily for the Tennessee chapter of The Nature Conservancy, the largest non-profit conservation organization in the world. She has developed expertise in conservation planning and monitors the progress of various conservation strategies. Currently, Palmer's work is focused on providing science and strategic planning support to the Conservancy's conservation projects statewide. She works with a variety of federal, state and local government agencies and other non-profit organizations on watershed management and aquatic species conservation issues in Tennessee and throughout the southeastern United States.

The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dale Ensor, director of the TTU Environmental Science Ph.D. program, at (931) 372-3493.