Snownado: Surviving Frozen Science
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Frigid, dark, and wet, the poles challenge life—and scientists—with some of the most formidable environments on the planet. While the surroundings are fraught with danger, the science that happens is key to understanding how our world functions. Scientists working in both the Arctic and the Antarctic are discovering how our planet is changing, and also how other organisms are surviving without the benefit of tents, coats and the world's best boots.
Learn from intrepid scientific explorers what drives them to undertake fieldwork in such punishing conditions, and what happens when something goes wrong. Our interdisciplinary panel of scientists and those responsible for keeping them safe will discuss their work and also how they prepare for the dangers they face.
*Reception to follow.
|Nonmember (Student / Postdoc / Resident / Fellow)||$20|
This event is part of the Mis/Adventures in Science Series.
In this three-part series you'll meet scientists whose research takes them outside the lab and into dangerous, accident-prone territory. Learn what to eat and not to eat in space, how to survive the deep freeze while still conducting research, and what happens when the animals you're studying aren't furry balls of love.
Come exploring with us!
Samuel Bowser, PhD
Research Scientist, New York State Department of Health's Wadsworth Center
Dr. Sam Bowser is a Research Scientist at the Wadsworth Center in Albany, New York. He and his team dive into the frigid waters of Antarctica to study Foraminifera, or protists on the sea floor in Antarctica.
Julie Chase, PhD
The Explorers Club
Dr. Julianne Chase is an explorer, teacher, scientist and mentor whose dedication to understanding the interaction between humans and nature has drawn her to some of the most remote locations on Earth. In pursuit of interests in cultural anthropology, environmental ecology and paleontology, she has been a member of scientific expeditions to the Arctic, Antarctic, Amazon, Australia, Africa, the Badlands, Easter Island, the Galapagos and the Gobi Desert.
Science Teacher, Jackson Hole High School and Guide, Exum Mountain Guides
Trevor Deighton is currently a science teacher at the Jackson Hole High School, a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School and a guide with Exum Mountain Guides in Jackson Wyoming. Prior to that he was a senior instructor at the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and a Field Mountaineer for the United States Antarctic Program. Trevor has been leading and guiding expeditions worldwide since 1994. As a passionate educator and mountain guide he has had the amazing opportunity to experience and explore the natural history of remote, wilderness ecosystems around the globe.
Linda Gormezano, PhD
American Museum of Natural History
Linda Gormezano is interested in using and refining techniques to use genetic analyses of non-invasively sampled tissue like scat and hair to estimate the abundance, landscape use and genetic relationships among top predators. This portion of her doctoral research focuses on the polar bears in and around Wapusk National Park.
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