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Life after death on a remote Pacific reef: Lessons in resilience
September 25, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Kim Cobb, Professor & Chair
Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology
The global-scale coral bleaching and mortality event that took place in 2016 brought into sharp relief the near-term impacts of continued ocean warming on global reefs. In this talk, Kim Cobb will use a large database of coral paleoclimate records to probe the history of ocean temperature extremes, from the pre-industrial to modern period. In doing so, she will place the 2016 global-scale coral bleaching and mortally event in a longer-term context. Recent climate extremes provide the backdrop for Dr. Cobb’s reflection on her own journey as a climate scientist, and the lessons it holds for shaping a sustainable climate future.
Bio: Kim Cobb’s research uses corals and cave stalagmites to probe the mechanisms of past, present, and future climate change. She received her B.A. from Yale University, and her Ph.D. in Oceanography from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography. She spent two years at Caltech in the Department of Geological and Planetary Sciences before joining the faculty at Georgia Tech. As a mother to four, Kim is a strong advocate for women in science. She is also devoted to the clear communication of climate change.
USC Center for Sustainability Solutions
Environmental Core (E-Core), Environmental Student Assembly, Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy, and The Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies