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Lunch and learn event celebrates public lands with two speakers and a hike on the Ridges

Grace Cahill
September 27, 2017

This Friday, Sept. 29, a lunch and learn event held at the Ridges building 22, room 221, will celebrate national public lands and explore the Ridges, our own not-so-hidden gem and de-facto community park. The two-part event will begin with talks from Stefan Gleissberg and Gabrielle Russel, followed up by a guided hike on the Ridges.

Gleissberg is a leader in community-oriented environmental engagement. He is the founder of the Athens Area Birders, and has partnered with various local organizations to promote bird literacy and habitat conservation. His positions as a former faculty member in the department of environmental and plant biology at Ohio University and an instructor and learning specialist at the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine at Ohio University have provided him with scientific and global perspectives on human-environment relationships. Gleissberg will discuss recent efforts to establish a preserve on the Ridges, birds and biodiversity, and what future uses of this valued community park and habitat area may look like.

Russel is a second year Master’s in Environmental Studies graduate student; her research interests include stream ecology and restoration. She will discuss the importance of public lands partnerships for research, with a special focus on the stream study site in the Wayne National Forest—a highly forested research setting that is unique because it does not have much recent disturbance. Russell will share her current thesis project exploring the effects of woody debris on stream function and the biology that lives there.

A guided hike led by Gleissberg, who will share his knowledge about birds and plants, Russell, who will focus on environmental interpretation, and environmental studies faculty Sarah Davis, who will discuss ecology, will follow the presentation. Wear comfortable shoes, bring a water bottle and learn about the Ridges.

Other lunch and learn presentations will be conducted at The Ridges this fall, rotating between buildings 21 and 22 on the following Fridays from noon-1 p.m.

Please add the dates of the next presentations to your calendars:

  • October 6, 13, 20 and 27
  • November 3 and 17
  • December 1

For further information about this and other presentations in the Voinovich School Lunch and Learn Series, contact Loraine McCosker at mccosker@ohio.edu or 740.593.0434.