Thursday3Feb 2022

Town & Gown's Lunch at the Forum

California's Wetlands: Scary Swamps or Beneficial Ecosystems?

Thursday, February 3, 2022 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. PST
2022-02-03 11:30 2022-02-03 12:30 America/Los_Angeles Town & Gown's Lunch at the Forum VIRTUAL Virtual location Joy Flynn, Manager, Support Group Programs


Complimentary presentation, but registration is required


Virtual location

General Public

Everyone is welcome to attend

 This presentation will be VIRTUAL ONLY. Advance tickets are required.

February 3, 2022

Jason Keller, Ph.D. 

Professor and Program Director for Environmental Science & Policy, Schmid College of Science and Technology

Wetlands are often portrayed as dark and scary places to be avoided. Indeed, we see these negative portrayals in our language – we are ‘swamped’ at work or ‘bogged down’ in problems (swamps and bogs are both types of wetlands). These perceptions have contributed to the loss of wetlands from our landscape. California has lost more than 90% of the wetlands that existed in the state – the highest percent loss in the U.S. Fortunately, we have seen a recent shift in the perception of wetlands with a growing recognition that these important ecosystems provide benefits.

Dr. Keller will discuss the role that wetlands play in our local communities and how Chapman undergraduate students are working through research and community engagement to restore and conserve California’s wetland ecosystems. 


You can contact the event organizer, Joy Flynn, Manager, Support Group Programs at or (714) 744-7608.

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