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FRONTIERS OF SCIENCE Lecture Series
Ivory, Isotopes and Interpol:

Thure Cerling

Dr. Thure Cerling 
College of Mines and Earth Sciences - University of Utah

Chair - Department of Geology & Geophysics,
Distinguished Professor - School of Biological Sciences
Distinguished Professor - Department of Geology & Geophysics,
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Ivory, Isotopes and Interpol: A Detective Story 

Discover how stable isotopes provide insight into elephant diets and behaviors, and how they can be used to help determine the origin of poached elephant ivory.  This uses a combination of the isotope differences found in natural products to understand diet changes of the course of several seasons, the use of Carbon-14 on ivory samples to precisely date when an elephant was killed, and how the combination of genetics and strontium isotopes from ivory can determine where an elephant lived before it was killed for its ivory.

  • Tickets are not required for this event.
  • Seating is first come, first served. Please arrive early. 
  • January 24, 6:00 p.m. | Aline Wilmot Skaggs Building | Room 220
  • For questions please contact events@science.utah.edu
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 Upcoming FRONTIERS OF SCIENCE Lectures


Video Archive - FRONTIERS OF SCIENCE 

The College of Science maintains an archive of FRONTIERS OF SCIENCE Lecture videos back to 2012. 

Browse lectures using the top-left menu in the player below. 


The History of FRONTIERS OF SCIENCE

The Frontiers of Science lecture series was established in 1967 by University of Utah alumnus and Physics Professor Peter Gibbs. Gibbs and his fellow physics faculty at the U sought to bring notable researchers from around the country to the University to discuss the current “frontiers” in physics research. The larger goal was to present public lectures that would attract attention to important developments in scientific research.

By 1970, the University had hosted 10 Nobel laureates for public Frontiers lectures. By 1993, when Gibbs retired, the Frontiers organizers had hosted another 20 laureates. Today, Frontiers of Science is the longest continuously-running lecture series at the University of Utah. 

Last Updated: 1/10/19