Lisa Rausch to present guest lecture Feb. 19

Lisa Rausch, lead post-doctoral researcher on a project studying deforestation in Brazil, will present a guest lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, in the Valders Hall of Science Room 206 on the Luther College campus.

The lecture, sponsored by the Luther College Political Science Department and the Center for Sustainable Communities, is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Rausch will discuss how to reduce deforestation in the soy and cattle sectors of Brazil. She will discuss the dynamics of those sectors and the evolution of innovative, multi-stakeholder policies that have reduced the soy and cattle sectors as drivers of deforestation. Rausch plans to draw on large, property-level data sets to demonstrate loopholes and discuss potential improvements to these policies.

Rausch received her Ph.D. in geography from the University of Kansas and is currently a post-doctoral researched at the Gibbs Land Use and Environment Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the lead post-doctoral researcher in a project that investigates deforestation-free supply chains in the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil.

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