March 2015

Humboldt State University

Dominick DellaSala, PhD.

Temperate and Boreal Rainforests of the World: Is Time Running Out?

Dr. Dominick A. DellaSala is an internationally renowned author of over 150 technical papers, including the award winning “Temperate and Boreal Rainforests of the World” (www.islandpress.org/dellasala). Dominick has given plenary and keynote talks ranging from academic conferences to the United Nations (Earth Summit II). He has appeared in National Geographic, Science Digest, Science Magazine, Time Magazine, Audubon Magazine, National Wildlife Magazine, High Country News, Terrain Magazine, NY Times, LA Times, USA Today, Jim Lehrer News Hour, CNN, MSNBC, “Living on Earth (NPR),” and several PBS documentaries. He has testified in congressional hearings in defense of the Endangered Species Act, roadless area conservation, national monument designations, forest protections, and climate change among others. For his efforts to help foster national roadless areas conservation and support designation of new national monuments, he received conservation leadership awards from the World Wildlife Fund in 2000 and 2004, the Wilburforce Foundation in 2006, and was twice nominated for conservation awards for his work as a whistleblower while on the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service spotted owl recovery team. His rainforest book received an academic excellence award in 2012 from Choice magazine, one of the nation's premier book review journals. Dominick co-founded the Geos Institute in July 2006. He is motivated by leaving a living planet for his daughter and all those that follow.
At Bio Conf 2012, Dominick discussed the effects of climate change on the temperate rainforests, biodiversity, and the ecology of Pacific Northwest landscapes in talk entitled"Temperate and Boreal Rainforests of the World: Is Time Running Out?".
Temperate and boreal rainforests occupy less than 3% of the earth's forests yet provide us with unparalleled critical life support services like clean water, clean air, climate regulation, and foods and medicines. These rainforests have a tight association with cool moist climates and those climate are changing. This talk explores what makes a temperate rainforest, rainforest ecology, where they occur, how they are changing due to human activities, and what is being done to save them. Dominick is at the end of a global book tour that has taken him to rainforests from Alaska to New Zealand and he will share lessons learned in a multi-media format.
  • look at his profile on the GEOS Institute website
  • watch an interview with Dr. DellaSala

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Bio Conf 2012

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