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Climate talk continues at Gustavus: University of Maine professor brings book-based lecture to campus | The Gustavian Weekly

By Parker Lindberg - Staff Writer | February 28, 2020 | News

University of Maine Professor Paul Mayewski visited campus February 26, to present a lecture titled “Journey into Climate.”
Dr. Mayewski is an acclaimed glaciologist, climate scientist and explorer, as well as the Director of the Climate Change Institute and a Professor in the School of Earth and Climate Sciences as well as several other departments at the University of Maine.
According the University of Maine website, Mayewski has over 450 scientific publications and has led more than 55 expeditions to remote places on Earth including Antarctica, Tibet and Greenland.
He has also received many honors and awards, including the first Medal of Excellence in Antarctic Research, the Explorers Club Lowell Thomas Medal and an honorary fellowship in the American Polar Society. He has also written two books and appeared on “60 Minutes,” NOVA films and the 2014 documentary film “Years of Living Dangerously.”
Some of Dr. Mayewski’s research areas include: changes in atmospheric chemistry both natural and by man-made ice loss in the Antarctic and Himalayas, behavior of abrupt climate change events in the atmosphere, use of instrumentally calibrated ice core records and demonstrated associations between past climate and disruptions to civilization.
Mayewski’s 2011 book, Journey into Climate: Exploration, Adventure, and the Unmasking of Human Innocence, details his explorations into remote polar regions and his journey, and that of the scientific community, into realizing the role humanity plays in the dramatic changes in climate in modern times.
Dr. Mayewski brought this experience to campus for his lecture. Mayewski “[shared] discoveries from his research on ice cores, stories of his expedition adventures, the latest scientific thinking about climate change, and new tools to improve climate predictions” according to the Gustavus event description.
The event was free of charg and did not require a ticket to attend.

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