The Outdoor Nerds Unite Speaker Series takes an academic look at adventure and environmentally-related themes. These FREE talks are for people that want to dive deeper on issues facing the wild spaces that we all enjoy.
In this series, we are bringing together thought leaders from a myriad of fields for experimental conversations on varying topics. We’ll have a new topic and speaker every month.
For our first event in the series we are very excited to welcome Simon Pendleton, PHD from the Dept. of Geological Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder.
The event will be a 60 minute lecture-style talk followed by a Q&A.
In Simon’s talk he will discuss both his research in Arctic places on climate change, as well as the adventure aspect of just simply getting to these places to do the work. The talk will balance the scientific/research aspects with the adventure aspects of his work.
The Arctic is currently warming two to three times faster than the rest of the globe. Under this warming climate, glaciers are retreating, sea ice is shrinking, ecosystems are transforming, and global climate is changing. Using reconstructions of past glacier fluctuations, we can characterize how the climate has changed in the past, provide context for modern warming, and better understand what a future Arctic might look like. Studying these glacial landscapes requires travel and research in remote Arctic regions.
Over the past several years Simon has traveled to several high latitude locations to study both modern and past changes in glacier systems. From Alaska, to Svalbard, to Baffin Island, the evidence for unprecedented glacier retreat under modern warming continues to mount. Traveling and working in these remote places can be challenging, exhilarating, terrifying, inspiring and always an an adventure.