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

Presents

Arturo Keller
Professor
Bren School of Environmental Science & Management


Thursday, Feb. 12
12:30 - 1:30
Bren Hall 1414

"A Learning Journey in the Galápagos:

Traveling with the Toyota International Teacher Program"

Hosted by Bren Acting Dean John Melack

 

Abstract

At the end of November 2008, the Toyota International Teachers Program took 30 teachers from the U.S. to the Galápagos, to provide them with first-hand knowledge about the value of these amazing islands. As part of the growing relationship between Toyota (USA) and the Bren School, Arturo Keller was invited to participate as a Study Leader for the group, providing valuable insights about sustainability and the environment, water resources management, climate change and its impacts, and biodiversity and conservation. In this presentation, Professor Keller will present some of the amazing images from this trip and discuss the current situation in the Galápagos.

Biography

Arturo Keller’s research and teaching are focused primarily in two areas: water-quality management and the fate, transport, and remediation of pollutants in the environment. He leads a research program on sustainability in the context of the energy-water nexus and was also recently named associate director of the five-year, $25 million dollar University of California Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology. A native of Mexico City who has published extensively on the fate and transport of organic liquid pollutants and pesticides, Professor Keller played a leading role in research that led to the phasing out of the gasoline additive MTBE in the United States. His work with regional water-quality control boards to determine total maximum daily loads (TMDL) for nitrogen and other threats to water quality has led to important advances in the modeling and management of water quality at the watershed scale.

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