“Drought that has altered past societies: What can they tell us about today?”About the speaker:Glen M. MacDonald is a UCLA Distinguished Professor, a UC Presidential Chair and Director of the UCLA Institute of the Environment. He is also a Professor of Geography and Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UCLA. His research focuses on climate change, its causes and its impact on the environment and society. He works on climate variability and environmental change using observational and other records. He has worked on climate and environmental change issues in North America, Eurasia and Africa. A particular focus of his work has been on water resources in western North America and the global semi-arid regions. He is known for work on the concept of the ‘Perfect Drought’. He also conducts research on issues such as California coastal marshes and the impact of rising sea levels. His work has been supported by the Royal Society of Canada, NSERC, NSF, EPA, DOI and private foundations.Read full bio.