Alan Journet is well-known in the Rogue Valley for hosting "A Musical Meander," a program of classical music featuring selections from his personal library for the JPR Classics and News Service (broadcast Saturdays from 5 to 7 p.m.).
But there is another side to Journet. He is a retired ecologist and conservation biologist. He studied entomology in Canada and conducted his post-doctoral studies in Australia before teaching biology in the United States while conducting conservation research in the Midwest and the Costa Rican tropics.
His research is the base of his concern about the future if, he says, "we do not address climate change."
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He moved to Ashland from Southeast Missouri and lived here for 18 months before he found a newly built, energy-efficient passive and active solar home on 20 acres south of Jacksonville. His new home has a target of net zero energy use from the grid.
In January, he will teach about climate change in the Rogue Valley through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
Give us a few career highlights: Thirty years teaching ecology and conservation biology at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Mo., with research on forest ecology in Costa Rica and southeast Missouri.
What facts about your subject gets your students' attention: The threat posed to our inhabitable planet and future generations living here by human-induced climate change.
Favorite aspect about Ashland: Theater, restaurants, actual climate, progressive socio-political environment.
What do you like to do during your free time?:
Recording "A Musical Meander"; promoting a newly formed Southern Oregon Climate Action Network; attending theater and Green Show performances; dining; hiking.
What do you still have on your to-do list?: I don't do "bucket lists," but would like to travel — though this poses a serious conundrum since travel releases greenhouse gases — and produce more home-grown vegetables.
How can we learn more about you?: Through my personal website: kaconjour.com or the Southern Oregon Climate Action Network website: soclimate.org.