Wetlands frequently get a bad rap for the perceived negative impacts they have on society. The negative perceptions have even crept into common verbiage to describe problems (e.g. “all bogged down,” “I’m swamped,” etc.). Truth be told, humanity would be far worse off without them. But what exactly are wetlands? In this Science Café, we will talk about the functions and values of wetlands and their diversity of size, plant and animal composition, geographic locations, and origins. Wetlands are also political footballs that deserve more informed consideration for the services they provide and intrinsic values possessed. The water so essential to everyday life and economic prosperity is an integral part and product of wetlands.
About the Speakers
Rick Savage, President of the Carolina Wetlands Association, is a wetlands biologist who has researched wetlands across North Carolina and beyond. He was formerly with the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources and has master’s degrees from Virginia Tech and NC State University.
Alvin Braswell is an Emeritus Research Curator with the NC Museum of Natural Sciences where he spent a 40+ year career documenting and interpreting the natural systems of the region and specialized in studies on amphibians and reptiles. He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from NC State University, where he currently holds an adjunct position, and has worked closely with the Nongame program of the NC Wildlife Resources Commission and the Plant Conservation Program of the NC Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
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