New Meetup: FREEZER TO FRYING PAN-Trying to Understand the Wackier Climates of Ancient Earth

From: Ronnie
Sent on: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 10:30 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Chicago Science Field Trips Club!

What: FREEZER TO FRYING PAN-Trying to Understand the Wackier Climates of Ancient Earth

When: Sunday, January 24,[masked]:00 PM

Where:
UIC Campus
750 S. Halsted University Center East Bldg, Room 613
Chicago, IL 60607

The Center For Inquiry/Chicago is pleased to present:
From the Freezer to the Frying Pan: Trying to Understand the Wackier Climates of Ancient Earth - with Dr. Dorian Abbot of the Canadian Institute For Advanced Studies (CIFAR)

"I will talk about the strangest and most wacky climates Earth has ever experienced, how we know about them, why they are so difficult to understand, and why it is so important to study them. I will go over the glacial cycles, abrupt climate change during glacials, the warm, equable climate the dinosaurs and early mammals experienced, and the famous Snowball Earth episodes. I will explain global climate models, which we use to understand climate, and a variety of interesting ancient climate proxies, including the glorious and notorious Woolly Mammoth dung proxy!"

Click here for an early look at the lecture notes.

Dorian Abbot is interested in understanding mysterious climates in Earth's history. For example, there have been cold climates so cold that the entire ocean may have been covered in sea ice. These periods may have been crucial for the evolution of complex life. An important component of Dorian's research is improving our understanding of the way in which Earth enters and exits such pan-glacials. Additionally, Dorian studies warm climatic periods that may have similarities to the climate we can expect in the future.

He is a CIFAR Junior Fellow working under the supervision of Earth System Evolution program member Raymond Pierrehumbert in the Department of Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago. Dorian completed his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics in 2008 at Harvard University. In 2008/2009, he held a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard. Dorian also holds a Master's degree in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University and a Bachelor's degree in Physics from Harvard College.

Please come to this most interesting AFTERNOON meeting! We provide the hot coffee, and we very much appreciate pastry and snack donations.
Non-CFI Members will be asked for a modest contribution ($5)
Questions? Office phone:[masked]-0420.

Learn more here:
http://science.meetup.com/77/calendar/12305891/

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