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UMFK to host environmental speaker

September 21, 2007

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent will host a presentation by well-known author, explorer and Director of the Climate Change Institute, at the University of Maine, Dr. Paul Mayewski on Tuesday, October 2 at 12 noon in the Nadeau Hall Teleconference Room.  

The event is free. The presentation is part of the Environmental Speaker Series on campus. Refreshments will be provided. 

Dr. Mayewski will speak on “Climate Change and the Ice Chronicles,” in which he discusses his research on ice cores and global climate change.  The Greenland Ice Sheet Project Two (GISP2), undertaken in the early 1990s, and the International Trans Antarctic Scientific Expedition (ITASE) have revealed new findings about the history of climate over the past 110,000 years.

Ice cores provide a physical and chemical record of past climate change. These records have been instrumental in understanding why, how fast and how much climate can change; the impact of climate change on humans and ecosystems; and the impact of human activity on climate change.  

Dr. Mayewski draws two main conclusions from the data; that dramatic climate changes have occurred throughout the past, sometimes within decades and that human factors are impacting the present day climate.  

Dr. Mayewski’s research interests are: climate change and changes in the chemistry of the atmosphere; to focus on calibration of ice core records; and sea level pressure to investigate the past behavior of climatic phenomena such as the El Niño, the Indian Monsoon and the Antarctic Oscillation. He also has conducted research in the Arctic, Andes, New Zealand, Himalayas, The Yukon, Tibet, and Argentina, and even has a mountain named after him in Antarctica.  

A researcher and leader of more than 45 expeditions to remote regions and is sought out around the world as a speaker. He has been invited to speak at places such as: The Forbidden City, Beijing, China; The Explorers Club, NYC; Boston Museum of Science; Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences; Chinese Academy of Sciences; American Museum of Natural History; and the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.     

Mayewski also is no stranger to television and radio audiences.  He has been heard on National Public Radio and been part of television specials on BBC, PBS, Fox News and most recently CBS’s “60 Minutes.” 

He has contributed his many scientific journals, as well as to the Boston Globe, LA Times, NY Times, Christian Science Monitor, Harpers, Discover, Popular Science, and Archeology Magazine.  

In 2002, his book “The Ice Chronicles: The Quest to Understand Global Climate Change” was published by University Press of New England, in which he co-authored with Frank White.  

Join us for this presentation of scientific research and adventure.  The event is open to the public, students, faculty and staff. For more information, please call Don Eno at UMFK, 834-7835.