The Midwest United States, as one of the world's leading producers of crops, contributes sediment, water and nutrients to the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico. Now, a group of experts will come to the University of Missouri to discuss how land-use practices, watersheds and a changing climate affect Gulf ecosystems.
The symposium starts at 8 a.m. on Thursday, April 21 at the Monsanto Auditorium, Bond Life Sciences Center, on the MU campus in Columbia. The event is part of the 27th annual Missouri Life Sciences Week in Columbia.
Experts will address enhancing land conservation, improving water quality, restoring gulf wetlands, and conservation practices affect the economy. In addition, speakers will focus on the impact of climate change on these opportunities.
R. Eugene Turner, professor at Louisiana State University, will present "Mississippi River Water Quality: Landscapes, Restoration and Hypoxia." Steven Polasky, professor of ecological and environmental economics at the University of Minnesota, will present "Integrating Ecology and Economics to Value Ecosystem Services."
For more information and a detailed schedule, visit http://lifesciencesweek.missouri.edu.
Source: MU News Bureau