William deBuys, author, conservationist, Guggenheim Fellow and Pulitzer Prize finalist, presents, "Hotter and Drier: Living the Life of the 21st Century Southwest," on Monday, March 5 at 5:30 p.m. in the George Pearl Hall auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.

DeBuys lecture is School of Architecture and Planning's 2012 J.B. Jackson Lecture.

Author of the acclaimed new book about the impacts of climate change on the Southwest, A Great Aridness, deBuys surveys the possible challenges coming our way - water scarcity, fires, heat island effect, border tensions and the paradox of water conservation leading to diminished water security.

In addition to A Great Aridness: Climate Change and the Future of the American West (Oxford University Press, November, 2011), his seven books include River of Traps (1991 Pulitzer finalist), The Walk (an excerpt from which won a Pushcart Prize in 2008), and Salt Dreams (winner of a Western States Book Award in 1999).

He was a 2008-2009 Guggenheim Fellow. As a conservationist, he has helped protect more than 150,000 acres in New Mexico, Arizona and North Carolina. From 2001 to 2005, he served as founding chairman of the Valles Caldera Trust, which administers the 89,000-acre Valles Caldera National Preserve.

Recent writing projects have taken him as far afield as Borneo and Lao People's Democratic Republic. He lives and writes on a small farm in northern New Mexico.

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