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Sept. 14, 2010

PHOTO: Connie Mutel, Editor of "A Watershed Year: Flooding in Iowa," published by UI Press
UI Explorers Lecture Series opens with talk on Iowa flooding Sept. 23

Is there a link between Iowa’s changing climate, intensive land use, and an increase in flood frequency and intensity? Ecologist Connie Mutel will explore that issue in a public talk to kick off the fall semester of the University of Iowa Explorers Lecture Series Thursday, Sept. 23.
The lecture series is a program of the UI Museum of Natural History and features UI researchers, professors, and students presenting their cultural and environmental research. All lectures are free and open to the public and take place in the Museum of Natural History’s Biosphere Discovery Hub gallery at 7 p.m., followed by a question and answer session. Refreshments will be served.
Mutel’s talk is titled "A Watershed Year: Flooding in Iowa," which draws on the science revealed in her most recent book, "A Watershed Year: Anatomy of Iowa’s 2008 Floods," which was published this year by the University of Iowa Press. Mutel is an archivist and historian at the UI’s IIHR - Hydroscience & Engineering. Her environmental books include "Fragile Giants: A Natural History of the Loess Hills," (1989) and "The Emerald Horizon: The History of Nature in Iowa" (2008).
Future UI Explorers Lectures include:
— Oct. 21, John Logsdon, associate professor of biology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
— Nov. 18, Nancy A. Budd, professor of geosciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
The Museum of Natural History is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. For more information about museum programs, visit or call 319-335-0606.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500
MEDIA CONTACTS: Sarah Horgen, Museum of Natural History, 319-335-0606,; Steve Parrott, University Relations, 319-384-0037,; Writer: Brett Janecek