Phi Beta Kappa scholar James Zachos to discuss climate change in Coe presentation

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Secretary of the College
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2018-02-06 09:05:18 - General

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James Zachos
James Zachos

Coe College will host a climate change presentation by Phi Beta Kappa visiting scholar James Zachos, a professor of earth and planetary sciences at the University of California – Santa Cruz.  Zachos' presentation is entitled "Greenhouse Warming and Intensification of the Hydrologic Cycle in Deep Time: Lessons for the Future." The event will be held on Monday, Feb. 12, beginning at 7 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall in Hickok Hall. It is open to the public at no charge.

Much of Zachos' research has centered on ocean, climate and carbon cycle dynamics during the past 65 million years, with a specific focus on periods of extreme warming. He reconstructs past ocean temperatures and carbon chemistry via analysis of microfossils recovered from deep-sea sentiments.

Zachos was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011 and is the recipient of the 2016 Milutin Milankovic Medal of the European Geosciences Union for outstanding research in long-term climate change. He is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union, which recognized him with the Emiliani Award for scientific contributions to the understanding of past oceans and climates. He is also a member of the Geological Society of America and the California Academy of Sciences.

Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the nation's oldest academic honor society. It has chapters at 283 institutions and more than half a million members throughout the country. Coe is one of five private colleges and universities in Iowa to host a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

The mission of Phi Beta Kappa is to champion education in the liberal arts and sciences, to recognize academic excellence, and to foster freedom of thought and expression. Phi Beta Kappa campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America's leading colleges and universities. The society sponsors activities to advance these studies – the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences – in higher education and in society at large.

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