Scientist to discuss climate whiplash, the aftereffects of global warming

BAR HARBOR — Jay Curt Stager will discuss the aftereffects of global warming at an MDI Science Café at the Asticou Inn in Northeast Harbor on Monday, Aug. 3, at 5 p.m.

Most discussion of global warming looks only as far ahead as AD 2100, but what happens after that? Stager will show us how clues from the geologic past are a sign of how we are changing the world in ways that could last tens of thousands of years. Exactly how that future plays out is up to us as we search for a sustainable path forward in this new Anthropocene epoch, the “Age of Humans.”

Stager is an ecologist, paleoclimatologist and science journalist with a doctorate in biology and geology from Duke University. He has published over three dozen peer-reviewed articles in major journals, including “Science and “Quaternary Research,” and has written extensively for general audiences in periodicals such as “National Geographic,” New York Times, “Fast Company,” and “Adirondack Life.” Since 1990, he also has co-hosted “Natural Selections,” a weekly science program on North Country Public Radio that is syndicated internationally, and has toured widely to offer presentations on his research to audiences ranging, as one colleague put it, “from middle-schoolers to formal scholars.” In 2013, he was named the New York State Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation. He currently teaches at The School of Natural Resource Management and Ecology at Paul Smith’s College and holds a research associate post at the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute.

Stager’s main area of interest is Paleoecological research into environmental changes of the last 20,000 years, particularly with respect to lakes and climates in Africa, Peru and the Adirondacks. He also is interested in most aspects of the natural sciences, ranging from coral reef ecology and psychology to glacial geology and bee behavior.

The MDI Science Cafés offer a chance to hear directly from scientists about their latest research. Short presentations are made in everyday language and followed by informal discussion. Refreshments are available, and there is no admission charge. MDI Science Cafés are open to the public and sponsored by Cross Insurance.

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