Please join us on Friday, March 8th, at 3 p.m. in the Hatfield Room for our seventh Faculty Colloquium of this semester.
Presenter: Katja Meyer, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science
Title: What can a mass extinction 250 million years ago tell us about global change in the 21st century?
Abstract: Today anthropogenic climate warming is changing our oceans. As the climate heats up, the oceans warm, acidify, and lose oxygen. However, the responses of the oceans and the biosphere to carbon dioxide emissions are incompletely understood. For example, how will rapid climate and ocean chemistry changes impact marine biodiversity? One way geoscientists address this question is to explore ancient climate warming events to place current changes into geological context. In this talk, I will discuss the approaches my students and I use to explore the role of marine microbes in causing the largest climate-induced ecological catastrophe in Earth’s history, the end Permian Mass Extinction, ~250 million years ago.
Students are welcome and coffee and treats will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there.
Bill Kelm and Daniel Rouslin
Faculty Colloquium Coordinators