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Evening Lecture Series
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Our 2015 evening lectures will occur on the third Tuesday of every month March through November. They are free and open to the public. Lectures run from 7-8 p.m. with light refreshments at 6:30 p.m. Unless otherwise noted, all lectures will take place in the Schmidt Conference Center.

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Upcoming Evening Lectures:

March 17, 2015 7:00PM
A brief history of CO2, temperature and sea-level rise research on a Chesapeake wetland
Bert Drake
SERC
By the 1980s it was clear that atmospheric CO2 and global temperature were rising. But while some thought the Earth would become a net source of CO2, exacerbating the effects of global warming, others felt this remained unproven, and the only thing one could say for sure was that global warming was a "definite maybe." To find out how plants and ecosystems will respond, we built a field lab on a Chesapeake wetland and exposed natural habitats to futuristic CO2 levels. Over more than 25 years, this study measured impacts of high CO2, temperature change and rising seas. Some results confirmed that plants will take up much more CO2 than they do now, but we also uncovered some very big surprises.
Contact Info: Kristen Minogue (minoguek@si.edu; 443-482-2325)