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Jared DeForest to host Wednesday Science Café on climate change

Jared DeForest, Ohio University associate professor of environmental and plant biology, will host the first Science Café discussion of spring semester titled, "Chemical Climate Change and Sustainability," at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 in the Baker University Center Front Room.

In his endeavor to discover the consequences of human activities on plants and ecosystems, DeForest draws inspiration from Albert Einstein. The infamous scientist once said, "Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better."

According to DeForest looking deep into nature means focusing in on soil. He also emphasizes that climate change does not exclusively occur as a result of temperature and precipitation.

"There are many other things happening," said DeForest. "The nutrient availability of soil, if chemically altered, can have an immediate effect on ecosystem function."

In his discussion, DeForest will raise awareness about the condition of Athens and the ways humans affect ecosystems.

"Atmospherically, Athens, Ohio is one of the most polluted areas in the United States," said DeForest. "We need to know how our activity of burning coal is affecting the way the ecosystems around us function."

Science Cafés are a venue for students interested in the sciences and engineering to participate in a conversational exchange with faculty, staff and the community in an informal setting.