CORVALLIS, Ore. - Mark Lynas, an award-winning author and National Geographic Explorer will present a lecture on the future of the planet Earth on Wednesday, Feb. 29, at Oregon State University.

The presentation, part of the Outreach in Biotechnology - Food for Thought lecture series, is titled "The God Species: how the planet can survive the age of humans." It will be at 7 p.m. in the LasSells Stewart Center, and is free and open to the public. The lecture is based on his most recent book of the same title.

Lynas was winner of the 2007 Royal Society Book Award for his book "Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet." His OSU lecture will discuss the nine planetary "boundaries" that humans are threatening to violate, the impacts of transgression, what can be done to avoid them, and the roles of genetic engineering and nuclear energy in averting these transgressions.

Lynas will also speak with OSU students on Feb. 29 at noon in the Memorial Union, Room 213, on how to write to motivate action on global-scale environmental problems.

More information on the author, lecture and series is available online at

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Steven Strauss, 541-737-6578