Life after death on a remote Pacific reef: lessons in resilience

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 6:00pm to 7:15pm

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Doheny Memorial Library (DML), 240
3550 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089

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 is the chair of the Georgia Tech Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, a lead author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report, and a highly regarded communicator on 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. 

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Lecture / Talk / Workshop


Students, Alumni, Faculty/Staff


University Park Campus





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