Johnson County Science Café : Dec 8th

Heartland-Ocean Connections

Speaker: Elaine Giessel, Chair of the Sierra Club-Kanza Group Executive Committee

Date: December 8, 2015

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: Coach’s Bar and Grill, 9089 W. 135th Street, one block west of 135th and Antioch, south side of 135th St.

Learn about the Heartland-Ocean Connections, with emphasis on the ecological services pro-vided to the Midwest and the human impacts on marine systems globally, particularly related to climate change.

Elaine is a marine ecologist by training and has taught introductory biology and geology, micro-biology and environmental science at community colleges in both Kansas and Texas.

She is a Certified Interpretive Guide, has received the Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education Award for Excellence in Conservation and Environmental Education for a Community/Non-Profit in 2013 and completed the Kansas Master Naturalist program.

Elaine has been on Johnson County’s Solid Waste Management Committee for many years, served on the Citizen’s Advisory Panel to Bayer Crop Science for over a decade, and recently joined the regional Local Emergency Planning Committee and Citizen Education Subcommittee to the Metropolitan Emergency Managers Committee. A member of the Sierra Club since 1981, she is currently Chair of the Kanza Group Executive Committee and Conservation Chair of the Kansas Chapter. Nationally, she has worked for the Sierra Club on several priority issues, in-cluding environmental justice and protection of wetlands and marine ecosystems and recently joined the leadership team for the national Water Sentinels program.

As Endangered Species and Wildlife Chair for the Kansas Chapter, she led a highly visible statewide campaign to protect the redbelly snake from delisting by KDWPT. As a result, she was appointed by the Kansas Chapter to serve on the Kansas Nongame Wildlife Advisory Council to the KDWPT Secretary.

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