37th Annual Steven Manley Memorial Lecture

Event Date: 

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

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  • Bren Hall 1414

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The Steven Manley Memorial Lecture series is an annual free event.

The Environmental Studies Program welcomes Dr. Brenda Ekwurzel, Director of Climate Science for the Union of Concerned Scientists as this year's honorary Steven Manley Memorial Lecturer. Her talk, titled "Sea level rise, ocean acidfication, and global average surface temperature increase from emissions traced to major carbon producers" will focus on the historical and recent emissions traced to 90 major industrial carbon producers. Emissions traced to these 90 carbon producers contributed ∼57% of the observed rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide, ∼42–50% of the rise in global mean surface temperature (GMST), and ∼26–32% of global sea level (GSL) rise over the historical period and ∼43% (atmospheric carbon dioxide), ∼29–35% (GMST), and ∼11–14% (GSL) since 1980.

Bio: Brenda Ekwurzel is a senior climate scientist and the director of climate science for the Climate & Energy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). A widely quoted expert on climate change including ABC News, CBS News, Good Morning America, CNN, the Fox News Channel, NPR, and The Colbert Report, and has been cited by the Washington Post, USA Today, the Associated Press and Reuters. In 2016, she was named a AAAS fellow, and cited for her “distinguished contributions to analysis and outreach aimed at strengthening support for sound U.S. climate policies, and making the science of climate change accessible to diverse audiences.” Currently she serves as co-author on the Mitigation chapter of the U.S. National Climate Assessment (NCA4). She has studied climate variability in places as disparate as the Arctic—where her research brought her to the North Pole—and the desert Southwest. Dr. Ekwurzel was on the faculty of the University of Arizona in the department of hydrology and water resources, with a joint appointment in the geosciences department. She holds a Ph.D. in isotope geochemistry from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, and conducted post-doctoral research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, in California.