Lecture

Trent University presents Fire in the Library: Arctic warming, coastal erosion, and the catastrophic loss of scientific and cultural understanding

Date:Thursday, April 6, 2017
Time:9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location:    Great Hall of Champlain College (1770 West Bank Dr., Peterborough)
The North at Trent 2017 Lecture Series wraps up with Dr. Ben Fitzhugh Director, Quaternary Research Center & Associate Professor, Anthropology at the University of Washington. Arctic and subarctic regions contain numerous archaeological sites where organic preservation is spectacular due to the cold climate. In addition to artifacts left by past humans, these sites contain ‘archives’ of plants and animals often in deep chronological sequences and spanning millennia. Well-dated archaeological faunal samples subject to morphological, isotopic, and genetic methods shed light on long-term ecosystem evolution in the context of climate changes more extreme than any recorded in the instrumental and historical records of recent centuries. New techniques make it possible to examine changes in productivity, food web dynamics, stock structure, population bottlenecks, extinctions, and population range shifts that can be compared to other records of climate and environmental change.

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