Antarctic Ecosystem Ecology lectures bring frozen continent to PSU in May
Author: David Santen, Office of University Communications, Portland State University
Posted: April 30, 2012


Antarctic Ecosystem Ecology lectures bring frozen continent to PSU
Free talks Wednesdays at noon, May 2-30, 2012

(Portland, Ore.) April 30, 2012 — A May 2012 lecture series, “Antarctic Ecosystem Ecology” will explore life and change in Antarctica and the southern ocean with some of the nation's leading researchers.

Antarctica’s ecological domains are, to a large extent, unexplored. Yet the region’s climate is changing and a growing body of evidence indicates that Antarctic organisms, ecosystems and biodiversity are responding.

These lectures will lead an exploration from the climate system, to the glaciers that mantle the continent and set the stage for simple yet resilient terrestrial ecosystems, to the polar ocean teeming with life.

All lectures will be held noon Wednesdays at PSU’s Smith Memorial Student Union. These talks are free and open to the public.

The series is presented by the Departments of Geology and Biology at Portland State University.

May 2, 2012, Smith 238
“Recent Climate and Glaciological Change in Antarctica in the Context of the Last Two Millennia”
Eric Steig, Professor, Earth and Space Sciences, and Director, Quaternary Research Center, University of Washington

May 9, 2012, Smith 238
“Recent Landscape Changes in the Dry Valleys of Antarctica—Harbingers of Things to Come?”
Andrew Fountain, Professor, Geology, Portland State University

May 16, 2012, Smith 238
“Life in an Extreme Desert Ecosystem: The McMurdo Dry Valleys”
Diana Wall, University Distinguished Professor, Biology, and Director, School of Global Environmental Sustainability, Colorado State University

May 23, 2012, Smith 238
“Ecosystem Transformation in Response to Rapid Climate Change on the Antarctic Peninsula”
Hugh Ducklow, Senior Scientist and Director, The Ecosystems Center, Marine Biological Laboratory

May 30, 2012, Smith 236 (note room change)
“Life in the Freezer: The Biology of Antarctic Marine Species in a Changing World”
Brad Buckley, Assistant Professor, Biology, Portland State University

This series provides a lead-in to a major scientific conference this summer. In July 2012, Portland State University will host “Antarctic Science and Policy Advice in a Changing World,” the 2012 biennial meetings of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and Open Science Conference, Nearly 1,200 researchers focused on Antarctica and southern oceans will attend.

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For Immediate Release (#12-045)

David Santen, Office of University Communications
Portland State University | 503-725-8765

Christina Hulbe, Professor and Chair, Department of Geology

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