Brendan Kelly

The planet has a fever; its overall temperature is increasing beyond healthy limits.

Evolution of Arctic Climate: Regional and Global Impacts
Wednesday, February 10, 7:00pm to 8:30pm Pacific Time
Speaker:  Dr. Brendan Kelly,
Executive Director of the Study for Environmental Arctic Change;
Center for the Blue Economy Senior Fellow
Online via Zoom (link below)

About the topic

The planet has a fever; its overall temperature is increasing beyond healthy limits. The fever is driven by excessive carbon—primarily from the burning of fossil fuels—in the atmosphere, but diminishing snow and ice in the Arctic is amplifying and accelerating the fever. Consequences of the fever include ecosystems and societies challenged to adapt to rates of warming not experienced since before modern humans evolved. Surviving the fever will require reducing atmospheric carbon concentrations below present levels. Dr. Kelly shall illustrate how ecosystems, including humans, responded to major Arctic climate events of the past 500 million years and discuss implications of predictions of future climate.

About the Speaker

Brendan Kelly has studied marine ecosystems, primarily in the Arctic, for over four decades. His studies of ice-associated marine mammals benefited from close collaborations with Indigenous hunters, scientific colleagues, students, and some very smart Labrador retrievers. He has led national and international efforts to understand and respond to climate change including as a professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Senior Fellow at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, and as Assistant Director for Polar Science in President Obama’s Office of Science and Technology. Dr. Kelly received degrees in Biology from the University of California Santa Cruz (B.A.), the University of Alaska Fairbanks (M.S.), and Purdue University (Ph.D.).

Zoom Link




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