The José de Acosta Lecture Series

De Acosta Lecture featuring Dr. Peter Vitousek

Tuesday, March 10
6:00 p.m. Reception | 7:00 p.m. Lecture
Fromm Hall, Xavier, USF


Dr. Peter VitousekThe USF Department of Environmental Science cordially invites you to the 7th Annual José deAcosta Lecture. Stanford University professor Peter Vitousek will present his work on the Hawaiian Islands as a model for human-environment interactions. Professor Vitousek's research interests include: evaluating the global cycles of nitrogen and phosphorus, and how they are altered by human activity; supporting agronomists in China in their development of high-yielding but low-impact cropping systems; determining the effects of invasive species on the workings of whole ecosystems; understanding how the interaction of land and culture contributed to the sustainability of Hawaiian society before European contact; and more generally using the extraordinary ecosystems of Hawai`i as models for understanding how the world works. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and was awarded the 2010 Japan Prize. He is director of the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources and co-director of the First Nations Futures Institute.


About The Series

The José de Acosta lecture series was initiated through the generous donation of USF Alumna and Board of Trustees member Michelle Skaff and her husband Dan. José de Acosta was a sixteenth-century Jesuit scientist who, nearly 300 years before Charles Darwin's work on natural selection, studied natural history issues in South America. He based his work on meticulous observation and keen insight and wrote extensively on wildlife, atmospheric science, oceanography, and anthropology.

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