Minnesota's Natural Heritage, Second Edition Book Cover with birch trees

Minnesota’s Natural Heritage, Second Edition Virtual Book Launch

For book and interview inquiries – University of Minnesota Press Publicity, Heather Skinner, presspr@umn.edu, 612-301-1932
For event inquiries – Bell Museum, Adrienne Wiseman, awiseman@umn.edu, 612-624-0793

The Virtual Book Launch: Minnesota’s Natural Heritage, Second Edition will take place on Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 7-8:30 pm, hosted by the Bell Museum.

Tickets: Guests will need to register for the (free) virtual event online at bellmuseum.umn.edu/event/mn-natural-heritage/

Media Note: A selection of images can be found here


MINNEAPOLIS/ST.PAUL (12/16/20) – The Bell Museum in collaboration with the University of Minnesota Press will host an online book launch and discussion for “Minnesota’s Natural Heritage, Second Edition on Thursday, January 21. “Minnesota’s Natural Heritage, Second Edition,” available January 6, 2021, has been updated, expanded, and copiously illustrated to account for profound changes to the state’s natural landscape over the past 25 years.

The story of Minnesota’s natural landscape, reaching back to the time of the glaciers, covers at least 12,000 years. Yet even against that vast expanse, recent decades have significantly transformed the natural world that is Minnesota’s greatest resource. In the twenty-five years since the first publication of “Minnesota’s Natural Heritage,” the definitive volume on the state’s natural history and ecology, human activity and climate change have profoundly altered the major ecosystems that give our state its rich and varied character.

The event is open to the public via Zoom and will include a moderated conversation exploring the definitive work on Minnesota’s natural history and ecology with the book’s authors:

Susan M. Galatowitsch is professor and head of the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at the University of Minnesota. She is the author of “Ecological Restoration” and “Restoring Prairie Wetlands: An Ecological Approach.” She and her research team focus on wetland and grassland restoration and invasive species management.

Rebecca A. Montgomery is a professor in the Department of Forest Resources at the University of Minnesota. She started her career as a tropical biologist before returning to Minnesota. Her research focuses on forest ecology and tree biology.

John J. Moriarty is senior manager of wildlife for Three Rivers Park District. He was a natural resources manager for Ramsey County Parks and Hennepin Parks, as well as a community faculty member at Metropolitan State University. He has written five books on Minnesota natural history, including “Amphibians and Reptiles in Minnesota (Minnesota, 2014) and “A Field Guide to the Natural World of the Twin Cities (Minnesota, 2018).

Note: In memoriam of the author John R. Tester.

John R. Tester (1929–2019) was emeritus professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior at the University of Minnesota. He was a lifelong scientist and naturalist who witnessed many changes to Minnesota’s ecosystems. He published numerous articles and research papers on wildlife and ecosystem ecology.

Moderated conversation by Mark Seeley, Climatologist and Meteorologist; Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota; Host of Updraft, Minnesota Public Radio and Denise Young, Executive Director of the Bell Museum.

Register online at bellmuseum.umn.edu/event/mn-natural-heritage/. Registrants will receive a link two days prior to the event.


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