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Natural history of Chippewa River to be discussed during 'Let's Do Lunch!' presentation

RELEASED: April 21, 2010

postcard for Let's Do Lunch!EAU CLAIRE — Dr. Douglas Faulkner, associate professor of geography at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, will discuss the distinctive landscape of the lower Chippewa River valley and the research he and others are doing to piece together the natural history of the river at an April 28 luncheon hosted by the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association.

Faulkner will present "Glaciers to Dams: A History of the Lower Chippewa River" from noon-1 p.m. at Sweetwaters Restaurant in Eau Claire. During the presentation he will discuss how the landscape of the Chippewa River has changed from the time of the last ice age to the present.

Faulkner, chair of the geography and anthropology department at UW-Eau Claire, specializes in the geography subdiscipline of fluvial geomorphology — the study of rivers and the landforms they create. He has a broad academic background, with a bachelor's degree in geography from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; a bachelor's degree in philosophy and politics from Oxford University; master's degrees in geography and water resource management from UW-Madison; and a doctorate in geography from UW-Madison. To discuss Faulkner's research or presentation, contact him at 715-836-5166 or faulkndj@uwec.edu.

The next "Let's Do Lunch" event, scheduled for May 26, will feature a presentation titled "Blue Butterfly or Butterfly Blues? Habitat Conservation Matters" by Dr. Paula Kleintjes Neff, UW-Eau Claire professor of biology.

The speaker series is open to the public. The cost is $10 per session and includes the presentation, buffet, beverage, tax and tip. For more information or to reserve tickets, contact the Alumni Association at alumni@uwec.edu or 715-836-3266.

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