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Polar Bear Expert to Speak at ONU

Oct 7, 2008
Dr. Amstrup with cubs

Dr. Steven C. Amstrup, world-renowned polar bear researcher, will speak on "Polar Bear - Climate Change Sentinel" at a public lecture on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. in Ohio Northern University's Freed Center for the Performing Arts.

ONU is one of only four universities in the nation with the polar bear as a mascot. The ONU community, with concern over the polar bear's placement on the endangered species list, has put together a yearlong series of events to draw attention to and raise awareness of the threats to polar bears due to climate change in the Arctic. Amstrup's speech is the kickoff event for the ONU awareness campaign, Polar Bear Nation: Under the Northern Lights ... He's More than a Mascot. Proceeds from donations collected from Polar Bear Nation events will go to Polar Bears International.

Dr. Amstrup is a wildlife research biologist with the United States Geological Survey at the Alaska Science Center in Anchorage, Alaska. He has conducted research on all aspects of polar bear ecology in the Beaufort Sea since 1980. He is a past chairman of the IUCN Polar Bear Specialist Group and has been an active member of the group for 28 years. Amstrup led a team of researchers whose work became the basis for listing polar bears as a "threatened" species. With 24 years of research experience on polar bears and their habitats, his presentation will focus on the recent placement of polar bears on the endangered species list.

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