Friday, 28 March, 2014
On March 28, Stan Wullschleger, Projector Director at Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Next-Generation Ecosystem Experiments-Arctic, will speak on "Arctic Alaska: Wild, Wonderful and Warming," from noon to 1 p.m. during the UT Science Forum in Thompson-Boling Arena, Dining Room C-D.
Rising temperatures in high-latitude ecosystems bring into question the vulnerability of frozen soil or permafrost to thaw and degradation. Organic matter stored for thousands of years is slowly becoming available for microbial decomposition with implications for our planet's climate. While important, that is just part of the story - the tip of the terrestrial iceberg. Stan will address, through a mixture of science and travelogue, the rest of the story as he focuses his presentation on the landscape-scale consequences of further warming in the Arctic.
The UT Science Forum presented by Quest offers a weekly lecture on current science, medical or technology developments. It is free and open to the public.