Appalachian Laboratory

Watershed Moments

The Past, Present, and Future of Climate Change with Dr. Matt Fitzpatrick 

Thursday, June 6, 6:30pm, Appalachian Laboratory (Frostburg, MD) 

On Thursday, June 6, at 6:30pm at the Appalachian Laboratory, as part of the Watershed Moments Community Learning Series, Dr. Matt Fitzpatrick, recently featured in interviews with CNN, the New York Times, National Geographic, Smithsonian, Scientific American, and USA Today, will present The Past, Present and Future of Climate Change.  During the presentation, Fitzpatrick will offer an introduction to how Earth’s climate has changed in the past and why scientists are concerned about the future. This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required, but seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors will open at 6pm. 

Matt Fitzpatrick is Associate Professor and Director of the Global Change & Biodiversity Lab at the Appalachian Laboratory of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science in Frostburg, MD. He is a former aerospace engineer who studies how natural systems respond to changes in climate over short and long time periods.  Fitzpatrick holds degrees in engineering from Penn State, a Masters in environmental science from the University of Montana, and a Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Tennessee.

Volunteers Needed!

Interested in helping researchers develop future science communication tools? If so, we need your feedback! Prior to the start of the Watershed Moments: Past, Present, and Future of Climate Change event, the Appalachian Laboratory's Dr. Cat Stylinski and her research team are looking for eighteen (18) volunteers to provide important feedback while interacting with the online mapping tool designed by Dr. Matt Fitzpatrick and his colleagues. Volunteers must be 18 or older. Audio of volunteer feedback will be recorded. Sign up to participate in the focus groups at Additional information is available on the registration site.       

For updates on this event, visit, or contact Rhonda Schwinabart, Coordinator of External Affairs, at or 301-689-7102.

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More information on past Watershed Moments Community Learning Series Events can be found here.