Volcano Views and Brews
This popular lecture series about volcanic topics began in 2007 and continues every month. Fascinating topics, lively speakers as well as excellent food and libations make for an enjoyable and horizon-widening evening.
Chasing Eruptions: Volcano Ecology and the Central Role of Mount St. Helens
Presenter: Charlie Crisafulli
Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 (Vancouver) and Thursday, April 23, 2015 (Longview)
Location: Loowit Brewing Company - Vancouver, WA and Hop - N - Grape - Longview, WA
Time: Presentation begins at 6:30 p.m. - Join us anytime after 5:00 p.m. for food and drink.
Volcanically-altered landscapes are compelling places showcasing dynamic earth processes and ecological responses to those processes. As such, eruption sites provide outstanding opportunities for studying fundamental questions in ecology regarding the assembly of biological communities, evolutionary processes, and soil development. To better understand the current state of volcano ecology and the role that Mount St. Helens has played in shaping this field of scientific inquiry, pre-eminent volcano ecologist Charlie Crisafulli and his collaborators undertook a massive literature review that is still underway and at this point includes summaries of 904 scientific papers that have been published describing work at ~100 volcanoes around the world. During his Views and Brews presentation, Crisafulli will provide a global perspective on where ecologists have studied volcanoes, how these are distributed among the biomes of the world, the prevalence of volcanic disturbance types studied (e.g., lava flows, tephra falls), and the specific types of biota studied. In addition, he will describe the key ingredients that have made Mount St. Helens a flagship site within the global volcano ecology portfolio, provide a few “key lessons” learned in nearly 35 years of study, and how the collective body of work from Mount St. Helens is influencing studies at several other eruption sites around the world.