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Climate change lecture on April 26

April  23, 2012

Dr. Claire Todd

Augustana’s Center for Polar Studies will host Dr. Claire Todd of Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash., for a lecture titled “Tracking long-term ice sheet retreat in West Antarctica,” on Thursday, April 26, at 7 p.m., in room 102 of the Hanson Hall of Science (726 35th St.).

The free public lecture will address glacial responses to climate change in West Antarctica. Dr. Todd will share findings from field seasons in the Transantarctic and Pensacola mountain ranges, and she will present some of what she and her research team have learned through their use of cosmogenic isotope analysis, ice-penetrating radar and glacial geologic mapping to document post-Last Glacial Maximum changes in the West Antarctic Ice Sheet.

Dr. Todd earned her Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 2007, and now works as an assistant professor of geosciences and environmental studies at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma. She has collaborated with several universities as well as the National Park Service, mapping and monitoring glacial deposits.

Her lecture is sponsored by Augustana’s Center for Polar Studies, which addresses topics such as polar ecosystems, polar earth history and climate change. The Augustana Center for Polar Studies supports polar research for both faculty members and students at Augustana.

Dr. Todd also will be on hand for Polar Palooza, a free educational event for kids, on Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to noon. Held in the Fryxell Geology Museum (820 38th St.), Polar Palooza will give kids the opportunity to see a live gyrfalcon, peek at dinosaur bones from Antarctica, try on Extreme Cold Weather gear, act out the role of a junior scientist, touch animal furs and meet polar scientists, including Dr. Todd and others.

Sam Schlouch
Senior Communication Director
(309) 794-7833