Aug: 17: Katherine Pollard, Gladstone Institutes, Institute for Human Genetics & Division of Biostatistics, UC San Francisco spoke to the title
What made us human? Caldeira introduced Dr. Pollard by saying that while DGE usually studies the effect of human activity on the environment, she is investigating the opposite. Using comparative genomics, her lab is identifying evolutionarily conserved gene sequences that have been extensively changed in the human genome since divergence from our common ancestor, the chimpanzee.
Aug 18: Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Global Change Inst., Univ. Queensland, Australia speaking to the title; Our changing Ocean: biological evidence,implications and ramifications. His power-point presentation illustrated how Climate Change driven by increases in CO2 also increases seawater acidity that in turn can cause coral bleaching and death. His laboratory on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is carrying out experiments to quantify what happens to the corals and suggest ways to mitigate some of the damage before it is too late.
Ken Caldeira was in Urbino, Italy at the Urbino Summer School for Paleoclimatology from July 27-29. This school has been attracting many of the best researchers in climate change over the past 65 million years. It has become increasingly competitive for students to be accepted. This year the weather was scorching hot before I arrived but completely beautiful and refreshing during my stay.
Aug 5: Asner, Scott Loarie & Ursula Heyder announce a new paper in Conservation Letters titled Combined effects of climate and land-use change on the future of humid tropical forests. It is the first to explicitly consider the combined roles of climate change, deforestation, and degradation on the biodiversity of global humid tropical forests. Consider it a step in working toward global solutions to this crisis. It will be featured on Discovery, BBC and a few other outlets in the coming days.
Joe Mascaro has joined Asner's Group as a Post Doc. He received his PhD from the Univ. Wisconsin at Milwaukee and is currently most interested in carbon density mapping with Lidar.
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