Glaciers, Bugs and Marvelous Mud: Understanding Climate Change

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Glaciers, Bugs and Marvelous Mud: Understanding Climate Change

Yarrow Axford, PhD, Asst Prof, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Northwestern University. What can lake sediment cores tell us about the environment and climate change in the Arctic?

Monday, January 13, 2014
Haldeman 41 (Kreindler Conference Hall)
Intended Audience(s): Public
Categories: Lectures & Seminars

Yarrow Axford’s research focuses on climate change in the Arctic, including Iceland, Greenland, Alaska and arctic Canada. As a geologist, she collects lake sediment cores to uncover records of past and ongoing environmental change.  As a paleoecologist, she focuses on interpreting biological remains preserved in sediment cores. Her ultimate goal is to use geologic records to answer questions of relevance to the future, such as “How unusual are recent changes in arctic ecosystems?” and “How did the arctic environment respond to past periods of warmth?”  Her talk will discuss collection and interpretation of lake sediment cores from arctic sites, and lessons learned from these records about arctic climate change.

Yarrow Axford is Assistant Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Northwestern University.  She earned her PhD at the University of Colorado’s Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, where she was an IGERT fellow, and conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Iceland.  Dr. Axford was a nominee and finalist for the 2010 AAAS Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science.

Sponsored by the Institute of Arctic Studies at the Dickey Center and IGERT Dialogues in Polar Science & Society.

For more information, contact:
Lee McDavid

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