Frontiers of Science: Maureen Raymo

The Climate Crisis: Where Are We, What Can We Do?
Paleoclimatologist Dr. Maureen Raymo

Tuesday, March 19, 6 - 7 pm
Aline W. Skaggs Biology Building Auditorium, Room 220
University of Utah campus


The Earth is running a fever.  The ongoing pollution of our atmosphere with an invisible odorless gas called carbon dioxide, is trapping heat at the Earth’s surface and causing temperatures to rise on land and in the ocean.  The polar regions are warming fastest of all as reflective snow and ice is replaced by darker, more heat-absorbing land and sea.  The melting ice sheets are causing sea levels to rise around the globe.  In this talk, Dr. Raymo will review evidence for climate change, natural and manmade, and explore how ice sheets and sea level changed in the past.  How fast climate changes in the future will depend on our collective actions as individuals, families, communities, and governments.


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Frontiers of Science: Maureen Raymo
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About our Speaker

Dr. Maureen Raymo

Dr. Maureen E. Raymo

Maureen E. Raymo is Co-Founding Dean Emerita of the Columbia Climate School, past Director of Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (July 2020-June 2023), and G. Unger Vetlesen Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences.

She has degrees from Brown and Columbia Universities and studies the history and causes of climate change in Earth's past. She is best known for the Uplift-Weathering Hypothesis that ties global cooling and the onset of the ice ages to a drawdown in atmospheric CO2 caused by the uplift of the Himalayas and Tibetan Plateau.

In addition to publishing fundamental work on the stratigraphy and chronology of the recent geologic epochs, Raymo has also proposed hypotheses explaining the patterns of ice sheet variability observed over the last few million years and developed new ways of studying past sea level change. In 2014 she was the first woman to be awarded the Wollaston Medal by the Geological Society of London, their most prestigious award given out annually since 1831.

Raymo’s research has always focused on documenting how and discovering why the Earth's oceans, biogeochemical cycles, and climate have changed in the past, knowledge that is integrated with numerical models of past and future climate. Through detailed analysis of deep sea sediment cores, she has generated records of geochemical, paleontological, and paleoclimatic change that have advanced the study of Earth’s climate on tectonic, orbital, and millennial time scales.

For much of her career she has also worked to improve the timescales and stratigraphy that provide the foundation for the study of Earth’s history. Most recently her research group has focused on the reconstruction of sea level and ice volume during past warm climate intervals with the goal of improving predictions of future sea level rise in response to global warming.

For more information on Maureen Raymo, visit her official website.