MALIBU—Dr. Stephen D. Davis, a plant ecologist at Pepperdine University is scheduled to discuss wildfire ecology at this month’s Malibu Library Speaker Series Earth Day Special. This speaker series is hosted by the city of Malibu and the L.A. County Public Library in accordance with Pepperdine’s Annual Climate Calling Conference.

Professor Davis has studied the impact of wildfires in and around Malibu. He has been the paramount investigator on more than 15 government grants primarily from the National Science Foundation. Much of his personal research has centered on plant physiological ecology, including adaptations of chaparral vegetation to wildlife, drought, and freezing. Many of his writings have been published in scientific journals such as ecology, nature, and the American Journal of Botany.

Dr. Davis been the recipient of numerous teaching awards throughout his career. His distinct approach has been to facilitate student scholarships through completing research projects, writing honors theses, student presentations of their research findings at regional and national scientific conferences, and student publication of their work refereed, scientific journals. He earned his Ph.D. at Texas A&M University and is a member of the Council on Undergraduate Research.

Pepperdine’s Climate Calling is a conference that is dedicated to exploring climate change and its consequences. The goal of the conference is to respond to growing concerns about the future of the Earth. Attendants learned about topics like drought, flooding, species extinction, marine impacts, sustainable food practices, and environmental justice and activism through student presentations, lectures, and documentaries.

The event will be located at Pepperdine University, Elkins Auditorium on Wednesday, April 10 at 7 p.m. The event is free to the public if you RSVP. RSVP online or by calling the Malibu Library at 310-456-6438.