We Altered Global Climate Long Before You Thought We Did

Tue, Oct 3, 7:00 pm
Museum of the Rockies - Hagar Auditorium
Speaker Name: 
Dr. William Ruddiman
University of Virginia
Environmental Sciences

Dr. William Ruddiman of the University of Virginia will speak at Montana State University's Museum of the Rockies on Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served prior to the talk.

The talk, "We Altered Global Climate Long Before You Thought We Did,” is free and open to the public as part of the Montana Institute on Ecosystems' Distinguished Visiting Lecture Series.

Initially trained as a marine geologist, Ruddiman has explored many aspects of the field of paleoclimate (the study of ancient climates). Since entering “semi-retirement” in 2001, Ruddiman’s research has concentrated on the climatic role farmers played during the last several thousand years by clearing land, raising livestock and irrigating rice paddies, all of which put increasing amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

Ruddiman served as an oceanographer with the U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office and as a researcher with the Lamont-Doherty Observatory before becoming a professor of environmental science at the University of Virginia. He is an elected fellow of the Geological Society of America and the American Geophysical Union. Ruddiman is the author of Earth’s Climate: Past and Future and has been featured in films on the Discovery Science Channel, NOVA and BBC.


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