BU to host lecture and workshop on environment and climate

For immediate release: Sept. 28, 2007

BLOOMSBURG — A Stanford University professor will discuss climate dynamics as part of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Provost’s Lecture Series. Robert Dunbar, professor of geological and environmental sciences, will present a lecture on natural indications of climate change and a technical workshop on climate reconstruction.

The lecture, “Global Climate Change: Clues from Natural Archives from the Tropics to the Poles,” will be held Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Centennial Hall, room 218. A scientific workshop, “Climate Reconstruction using Corals and Sediments,” will be offered Wednesday, Oct. 10, from 10 a.m. to noon in Centennial Hall, room 243. The lecture and workshop are both open to the public free of charge.

Dunbar’s lecture will focus on the use of natural archives, such as ice cores, tree rings, sediment cores and corals, to learn how the earth has responded to dramatic climate events in the past. Dunbar will discuss how this information can help people understand the possible climate changes that lie ahead. The workshop, geared toward those in the science field, will present a review of the various techniques that are used to age-date sediments and corals. Dunbar will also provide a brief discussion of how this data is used by the climate modeling community.

Dunbar’s research links climate dynamics, marine science and environmental policy and solutions. His research group works on topics related to global environment change with a focus on the hydrological cycle, air-sea interactions, tropical ecosystems and polar biogeochemistry. His team is also involved in interdisciplinary studies of global change in collaboration with environmental scientists, economists, lawyers and policy specialists at Stanford’s Center for Environmental Science and Policy.

Dunbar serves as the director of the Earth systems program at Stanford and was the founding director of the interdisciplinary graduate program in environment and resources. In 2004, he was named the Frederick and Elisabeth B. Weintz University Fellow in Undergraduate Education, in recognition of his teaching and mentoring of Stanford undergraduate students.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.