Polar travel offers unique perspective

BAR HARBOR — Sean Todd will talk about his travels and experiences in the northern and southern polar regions of the globe at College of the Atlantic’s Human Ecology Forum in McCormick Lecture Hall on Tuesday, March 6, at 4:10 p.m.

Todd, the COA Steven K. Katona Chair in Marine Sciences, will feature his work and research on the Antarctic Peninsula as well as his recent trip through the Northwest Passage.

Todd’s work in these regions has allowed him to gain a unique and critical perspective on the interface between wilderness, ecotourism and education, as well as the impacts of climate change.

While he travels to these places as a scientist, Todd is often busy with his camera, he said.

“Science often proves to be an inadequate language to describe the sheer beauty and majesty of the landscape, and so I turn to photography,” Todd said. “My hope is to show some of those images during the presentation.”

Todd is the recent star of Life in the Worlds’ Oceans, a 30-part video course exploring everything from deadly microorganisms to massive marine mammals, produced by The Great Courses in partnership with Smithsonian.

The Human Ecology Forum is a free, weekly speaker series based on the work of the academic community, which also draws on artists, poets, and political and religious leaders from around the world. Members of the public are invited to attend.

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