Next Tuesday, April 11th in Missoula, and Wednesday, April 12th, in Bozeman, Stanford University researcher Peter Vitousek will give a free talk, “Understanding Global Change and a Transition to Sustainability” at 7 p.m. in MSU’s Procrastinator Theater. Light refreshments will be served before the talk.

A professor of biology at Stanford, Vitousek's research “focuses on ecosystems, including understanding the processes that maintain soil fertility and plant productivity in tropical forests; evaluating interactions between ecosystems and societies in the Pacific prior to European contact; and using the Hawaiian Islands as a model system to understand how the world works.”

The lecture is free and open to the public as part of the Montana Institute on Ecosystems' Distinguished Visiting Lecture. For more information, visit http://www.montanaioe.org.