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The Antarctic and Climate Change: Exploration Above and Below the Surface
Please join us for our second Kraw lecture focused on climate change. Dan Costa, distinguished professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and director of the Institute of Marine Sciences at UC Santa Cruz, will share how the changing climate is associated with a reduction in true Antarctic species like Adélie and emperor penguins and crabeater seals, while subantarctic species like elephant seals and chinstrap penguins are becoming more common. Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences Slawek Tulaczyk will share with us how the Antarctic glaciological community is evaluating how much and how fast the Antarctic ice sheet will shrink in response to climate change, particularly the Thwaites Glacier. Join us as we learn more about the UCSC glaciology research group, which is leading one of the large research projects aimed at understanding the current behavior and projecting the future evolution of Thwaites Glacier.

Jan 27, 2021 05:30 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Slawek Tulaczyk
Professor of Earth & Planetary Sciences @UC Santa Cruz
Slawek Tulaczyk is a Professor of Earth & Planetary Sciences at UC Santa Cruz. Tulaczyk has a B.S. of Physical Geography from the University of Wroclaw, a M.S in Geology from Northern Illinois University, a M.S. of Civil Engineering and a Ph.D. of Geology from the California Institute of Technology. His research focuses on ice sheets and glaciers as dynamic features interacting with geologic, hydrologic, and climate processes on different timescales. Much of his glaciological work is based on data constraining the recent behavior of the West Antarctic ice sheet.
Daniel Costa
Distinguished Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Director of the Institute of Marine Sciences @UC Santa Cruz
Daniel Costa is a distinguished professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and director of the Institute of Marine Sciences at UC Santa Cruz. Costa is an internationally recognized expert on the physiology, ecology, and behavior of marine mammals, with work founded on a deep understanding of oceanography and Earth history. He has been a pioneer in the development and use of electronic tags to track the movements and behavior of marine mammals and to gather oceanographic data. He has also served in leadership positions at the campus, national, and international level. After earning a B.A. in Zoology at UCLA and his Ph.D. in biology at UC Santa Cruz, Costa was a postdoctoral scholar at Scripps Institution of Oceanography before returning to UC Santa Cruz as an IMS research biologist in 1983. He was appointed to the faculty as an associate professor in 1991.
Paul Koch
Distinguished Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences and Dean of Physical and Biological Sciences @UC Santa Cruz
Paul Koch is a Distinguished Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences and has been dean of the UC Santa Cruz Division of Physical and Biological Sciences since 2011. He joined the UCSC faculty in 1996 and served as chair of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences from 2006-2011. Koch is known for his research on the ecology and evolution of vertebrate animals, which often involves reconstruction of ancient ecosystems and climates to understand the environmental context in which prehistoric animals lived. He earned his B.A. in geology and English at the University of Rochester and his M.S. and Ph.D. in geological sciences from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He received the Charles Schuchert Award from the Paleontological Society in 1998 and is a fellow of the Paleontological Society, the Geological Society of America, and the California Academy of Sciences.