Climate Change Series

In Fall 2019, the Center for Land Use and Sustainability (CLUS) is kicking-off a climate change series to provide localized information to members of the public and municipal officials. This series will focus on various elements of climate change and anticipated impacts on Pennsylvania and the region. Topics will include the degradation of unique ecological and biological sites, distribution patterns for wildlife and plant species, potential climate-induced human health risks, and increased severe weather events. CLUS hopes to create an experience that contains a broad, sweeping understanding of climate related issues and scientific insights. Events will initially be held on the Shippensburg University campus, later spreading to locations within the community. All events are free and open to the public.

Introduction to Climate Change

Wednesday, October 9th, 2019 at 6:30 PM
Shippensburg University

Dr. Tim Hawkins, SU Professor of Geography-Earth Science, will kick-off the series with an introduction to climate change. His talk will focus on the current state of scientific knowledge, anticipated impacts including to the local area, and practical solutions. Tim’s primary teaching and research interests are climatology and hydrology. His recent research with the CLUS explores how forest ecosystems and hydrologic processes in the Delaware River Basin will be affected by climate change and land cover change.

Click here to view the video recording.

Impacts on Forestry and Wildlife

Wednesday, November 13th, 2019 at 6:30 PM
Shippensburg University

Benjamin Jones will discuss regional climate change impacts on forestry and wildlife. Ben is a leader in science-based conservation and was the unanimous choice of the search committee as the new President and CEO of the Ruffed Grouse Society and American Woodcock Society. He brings “experience, skills and passion” to lead the programs of RGS/AWS that range from habitat management to hunter recruitment.

This talk will be held in the Orndorff Theater (Room 123) of the Anthony F. Ceddia Union Building (CUB). Free visitor parking is available in lot C-7 on the evening of the event (click here for campus map).

To join via livestream:

We will be using Zoom to make this event available via livestream. Please log in at least 5 minutes early. Participants will be muted, but you can ask questions or make comments using the chat feature. To join, click this link: