SFU Environmental Engineering students and faculty welcomed Dr. Pedro Luis Borges Chaffe, a Fulbright Scholar from Federal University of Santa
Catarina, Florianopolis-Brazil, for an invited lecture. Dr. Chaffe is currently
working at the Tahoe Environmental Research Center at UC Davis. Dr. Chaffe visited Saint Francis University’s campus to
discuss climatic and physiographic controls of lake and stream interaction.
Students and faculty from across the university attended his presentation.
Dr. Chaffe’s talk focused on his
passion in researching hydrology and climate, his work at Lake Tahoe, and of
his lab in his home country of Brazil.
His first message to the students was
that “nature is mean.” He quoted Dr. Jim Kirchner, Professor at ETH Zurich,
Switzerland, “the laws of nature don’t care whether we choose to accept them or
not, so we’d better know what they are and plan accordingly.” Dr. Chaffe
encouraged the students in attendance to study science in order to understand a
little about nature, and they’ll be successful Environmental Engineers.
This presentation was conducted
through the Fulbright Scholar Program’s Outreach Lecturing Fund (OLF). OLF
enables Visiting Scholars to share their research interests, speak about their
home country, and exchange ideas with U.S. students, faculty, and community