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BCC welcomes climate change expert to campus

DUBLIN – Bladen Community College will host a presentation by University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) Emeritus Professor Dr. Robert Miller about the science of climate change in North Carolina. The event is scheduled for Thursday, October 5, at 11 a.m., in the Student Resource Center (building 7) on the Dublin campus.

Miller has published numerous papers in professional and scientific journals and is the author of the book Urban Forestry: Planning and Managing Urban Greenspaces. He earned bachelor and master’s degrees in Forestry from West Virginia University and a Ph.D. in Forestry from the University of Massachusetts. 

This presentation focuses on the science behind climate change, beginning with the earliest warning signs. Much of eastern North Carolina lies near sea level and is in the path of tropical storms, making it especially vulnerable to sea level rise and strong storms. North Carolina is also one of the most biologically diverse regions in North America. A changing climate poses real threats to the state’s biological and ecological security.

Miller retired from teaching at the College of Natural Resources (UMSP) in 2002 and resides in Oriental, N.C. Currently he chairs the Oriental Tree Board, is a member of the North Carolina Urban Forest Council Board, is a member of the Science and Technology Committee for the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership, and is a part time urban forestry and arboriculture consultant. 

This program is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and Bladen Community College. 

Dr. Miller’s presentation is open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Joyce Bahhouth at 910 879-5540.

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