'Yellowstone, Ecology, and Me: Inadequate Narratives and Wonder'

Wednesday - October 12, 2016
11:00 AM
Craig Community Auditorium, GEB 233

For six summers and a sabbatical, Jay Antle worked in Yellowstone National Park. The professor of history and executive director of the Center for Sustainability will describe his 30-year relationship with the park in a personal and ecological context, sharing photos and research.

Antle's address celebrates the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service and the beauty of Yellowstone. But expect the presentation to be more than a simple travelogue. Antle studied environmental history for his PhD, and his current research continues to combine his passions of history and the natural world.

Specifically, Antle will discuss his relationship with the park starting with the the 1988 fires that burned more than 30 percent of the entire park. He spent the summer of 1988 working in Yellowstone. The images and experiences of "before" and "after" stick with him. "You're 20 years old and you're in a park where fire destroys great portions of the areas you know…In my talk, I plan to mesh the intellectual with the personal," Antle said.

He also plans to share how his repeated interactions with Yellowstone reflect increasingly complex scientific views of natural systems and how people interact with those systems, including wolves, trophic cascades, and challenges facing the National Park System today.

Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend.

Antle's presentation is part of the College Scholars program at Johnson County Community College. The program showcases faculty excellence in research fields that go beyond the classroom to make scholarly contributions to knowledge within the professor's academic discipline.