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Weekly Science Seminars

These lectures are geared toward researchers, biology students and professional scientists. They provide an opportunity for SERC research staff and their colleagues from other institutions to present current work. These seminars are held during the work day and are open to the public.

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July 09, 2015 3:00PM
Can we control rising atmospheric CO2 and global warming?
Bert Drake, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Fossil fuel combustion and deforestation have raised atmospheric CO2 from near 250 ppm in the 19th century to over 400 ppm today, higher now than in the history of civilization and perhaps the evolution of humans. 2014 was the warmest of the last 134 years, and most of the warmest years have been in this century. Projected fossil fuel energy demands will cause atmospheric CO2 to reach twice preindustrial levels and cause additional warming of 2 to 5 °C. Meanwhile, rising temperature and increased drought threaten our capacity to provide food for projected increases in population. To prevent future global warming, we must find a way to decarbonize the energy supply and reduce atmospheric CO2. The scale of the amount of CO2 we inject into the atmosphere is part of the problem and meeting the projected demand increase of 1.5-2% per year of carbon-free energy is another. Can we meet these challenges?
Schmidt Conference Center

July 16, 2015 3:00PM
Decay activity and fruiting phenology of wood-inhabiting fungi in a mid-Atlantic forest
Amy Milo, George Washington University, Ph.D. candidate
Schmidt Conference Center

July 27, 2015 3:00PM
Severino Salmo
University of Manila
Schmidt Conference Center

August 06, 2015 3:00PM
Fang Cao
City University of New York
Schmidt Conference Center