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Geographer to Discuss Historic Changes
to the Chippewa River

RELEASED: Jan. 11, 2008

Let's Do Lunch postcardEAU CLAIRE — A University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire geography professor will talk about historic changes to the Chippewa River, a defining feature of the landscape of west-central Wisconsin, during an Alumni Association luncheon later this month.

Dr. Douglas Faulkner's presentation, titled "Reconstructing Historical Change of the Lower Chippewa River," will run from noon-1 p.m. Jan. 30 at Sweetwaters Restaurant in Eau Claire. He will talk about why the Chippewa River is so variable, sometimes appearing to be a sluggish and slowly changing stream when it is actually the opposite.

"Many features along the lower Chippewa River — abandoned channels, eroding stream banks — indicate it's a dynamic, changeable river," Faulkner said. "But how dynamic is it? In my research, I'm trying to answer this question by reconstructing the river's history of change. Understanding the river that exists today requires knowing how it behaved in the past."

Faulkner, an associate professor who joined the department of geography and anthropology in 2000, is co-director of the Confluence Center for Chippewa River Studies.

A broadly trained physical geographer, Faulkner's area of specialization is fluvial geomorphology, the study of landforms and land-forming processes related to flowing water.

Faulkner's presentation, the second in a series of discussions that focus on the lower Chippewa River, is part of the Alumni Association's "Let's Do Lunch" program.

To discuss the presentation or his research, contact Faulkner at 715-836-5166 or faulkndj@uwec.edu.

Other upcoming "Let's Do Lunch" programs include: Dr. Crispin Pierce, UW-Eau Claire assistant professor of environmental public health, Feb. 27, "Human Health Effects of Global Climate Change"; and Dr. James Boulter, UW-Eau Claire associate professor of chemistry, March 26, "The Science of Climate Change: One Atmospheric Chemist's Perspective."

The speaker series is open to the public. The cost is $10 per session and includes the presentation, buffet, beverage, tax and tip. To reserve tickets, send e-mail to alumni@uwec.edu or call 715-836-3266 for more information.

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KH/JB

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