On March 13, 2008, the Department of Geography hosted the 2007–2008 Hammond Lecturer, Dr. James Dyer, whose talk was titled “Historical Ecology in the Eastern Deciduous Forest: The Ghost of Land Use Past.” An Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at Ohio University, Dr. Dyer integrates fieldwork, historical data, and computer modeling, exploring the consequences of environmental change, particularly within the forests of eastern North America. His research has been published in such diverse journals as BioScience, Canadian Journal of Forest Research, Climate Research, Plant Ecology, Ecological Modelling, and Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. In keeping with his emphasis on active learning, he has developed “hands-on” field-based laboratories for all of his courses, including Physical Geography, Biogeography, Landscape Ecology, Field Methods, and GIS.
Dr. Dyer also brings his work home with him, establishing a native prairie and managing the forest on 65 acres surrounding the geodesic dome that he, his wife, and two children call home.
Dr. Dyer’s visit was supported by the Ed and Elizabeth Hammond Lecture Fund, which they initiated at the time of Ed’s retirement in 1987 and to which they have generously contributed.