Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Tomorrow Night: CHASING ICE

If you missed this during its brief stay at the wonderful Salem Cinema, don't despair, you can see it tomorrow night, January 10, at 7 pm at the Grand Theatre in downtown Salem, part of the Salem Progressive Film Series, one of the many great things going on in Salem.


Evelyn Sherr
Is a Professor of Oceanography, in the Earth, Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences Department at Oregon State University. Prior to coming to OSU, she graduated from Emory University in Georgia with a B.S. in Biology. She went on to receive her PhD in Zoology from Duke University and did her Post Doctoral work at the University of Georgia in the Microbiology Department. Professor Sherr’s research work focuses on aquatic microbial ecology, pelagic food webs, heterotrophic microbes and the ecology of the arctic and sub arctic marine ecosystems. Her work in the Arctic Ocean coincided with the period when summer sea ice loss was becoming increasing evident. Professor Sherr has participated in numerous field programs in the Arctic beginning in 1994, conducting research in Alaska, the Bering Sea and the North Pole, to name a few. She continues to conduct research
in the Arctic and has over 100 publications. She lives in Corvallis with her husband Barry.

Ed Brook
Ed Brook is a professor of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University and studies climate history to understand how the earth system responds to climate change. His work uses polar ice cores as recorders of past climate change, and focuses on the relationship between greenhouse gases and climate change, on time scales of decades to hundreds of thousands of years. One clear outcome of ice core studies is the recognition that human activities have radically altered the levels and cycles of major greenhouse gases, pushing the atmosphere toward a state it has not seen for at least 50 million years.
Ed Brook’s work has also contributed to our understanding of how quickly climate can change. For example, during the last ice age climate in many parts of the world shifted from cold to warm conditions over just several decades, and sometimes faster. The mechanisms behind these abrupt shifts are only partly understood. Ed’s research group is involved in further studies of their timing and impact, to better understand the probability of similar events in the future.
From 1996 to 2004 Ed was a faculty member at Washington State University before moving to his current position at Oregon State University. Ed has conducted field research in Antarctica, Greenland, Scandinavia, northern Canada, and the western U.S. and runs one of a handful of analytical laboratories devoted to greenhouse gases in polar ice cores. His research group is currently involved in projects at both poles, including the WAIS Divide Drilling project in Antarctica and the NEEM ice core in Greenland. Ed is a Leopold Leadership Fellow, a Google Science Communication Fellow, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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