Speaker: Bruce Forsberg

THE BREN SCHOOL OF Environmental Science & Management
at the University of California, Santa Barbara


Bruce Forsberg
Bren Distinguished Visitor
National Institute of Amazon Research

Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2007
Bren Hall 1424


"Using Remote and Ground-based Measurements to Investigate

Pattern and Process in the Amazon River System"


Hosted by

Bren Professor and Associate Dean John Melack



Studying an ecosystem as large, complex and remote as the Amazon River is a major challenge which requires unique technological and theoretical approaches. In his introductory talk, Dr. Forsberg will demonstrate how environmental data derived from both remote and ground-based measurements, when examined on an appropriate scale in a coherent theoretical context, can provide valuable insight into the structure and functioning of this fascinating and globally important tropical ecosystem. Examples from his current research in the areas of eco-toxicology, fluvial hydrology, biogeochemistry, conservation, and fisheries management will be presented and discussed. 

Figure: Amazon Flooding Patterns


Dr. Bruce Forsberg obtained his BS in Biology at Michigan State University in 1974 and his PhD in Ecology at the University of Minnesota in 1981. During the past 26 years, he has worked at the National Institute of Amazon Research in the Brazilian Amazon, where his research has focused on the ecology, limnology, biogeochemistry, and management of large tropical river systems. He has published 69 scientific papers, co-authored five books, and written numerous technical reports. He teaches yearly graduate courses in Limnology and Aquatic Ecosystems and has been major advisor to 17 MS and 11 PhD students. Dr. Forsberg is currently on sabbatical at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management.




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