Title: Local Expert to Speak about the Possible Future Ice-free Arctic at Rochester Museum & Science Center
Location: Eisenhart Auditorium, 657 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607
Dates/Times: 7:30pm, Wednesday, April 24
Admission: See below for pricing details.
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Local Expert to Speak about the Possible Future Ice-free Arctic at Rochester Museum & Science Center
ROCHESTER, NY—Could Earth's poles soon resemble the jungle? John A. Tarduno, professor of geophysics at the University of Rochester, will speak at the next and final Richard C. Shultz Science on the Edge Lecture in this season's series at the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC). Tarduno, with extensive experience leading scientific expeditions, will discuss "Crocodiles at the Poles: Viewing the Past and Future Ice-free Arctic." The lecture will take place at 7:30pm on Wednesday, April 24 in the RMSC Eisenhart Auditorium.
To understand Earth's present and possible future climate, researchers must study the past. Audiences will learn about Tarduno's first-hand studies that took place in the High Arctic to test the hypothesis that past temperatures were caused by pulses of volcanic activity, altering atmospheric carbon-dioxide levels, and leading to the warming modern Arctic.
The work of Tarduno's group is focused on an excursion to ultra-warm greenhouse conditions, approximately 90 million years. Evidence for both high temperature and carbon-dioxide volcanic gasses are found in the geology of the High Arctic. The high temperatures come in the form of vertebrate fossils found on Axel Heiberg Island, including large-bodied crocodile-like creatures, turtles and fish. The carbon-dioxide is inferred by the presence of continental flood basalts and the huge Alpha-Mendeleev Oceanic Ridge; these features may form one of Earth's most voluminous large igneous provinces.
Tarduno received a bachelor's degree in geophysics from Lehigh University in Bethlehem Penn. and master's and doctorate degree in geophysics from Stanford University.
The Science on the Edge Lecture Series has provided insight and understanding about current research in a broad array of topics for a general audience for more than 30 years. Each presentation is followed by a brief reception where visitors can enjoy snacks, beverages and meet the presenter. All lectures are held in the Eisenhart Auditorium on the RMSC campus at 657 East Avenue. Series Tickets: RMSC Members: $45 adult, $25 student*; General Public: $55 adult, $30 student*; Single Lecture Tickets: RMSC Members: $14 adult, $7 student*; General Public: $15 adult, $8 student*
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