Having worked extensively in Anderson Prairie since 1994, Kirk Larsen, Luther professor of biology, will give his presentation at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 9, in the Mott Room on the first floor of Dahl Centennial Union on the Luther College campus. Larsen will discuss the history of the prairie and its impact on the surrounding community.
The presentation is open to the public with no charge for admission.
Larsen will emphasize the ecosystem services that the prairie provides to the Decorah community, such as carbon sequestration and reducing water runoff, along with its importance as a source of biodiversity. He will also address how the area has been used both specifically by a wide variety of classes and broadly to meet the educational mission of Luther.
Larsen has been a professor of biology at Luther since 1993, with special interests in prairie ecology and insect behavior. Larsen received a Bachelor of Sciences in biology from Calvin College, a Master of Sciences in entomology from Michigan State University and a Ph. D. in entomology from The Ohio State University.
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