UH Mānoa professor David Karl will present the Roger Revelle Commemorative Lecture on March 13, at 5:30 PM at the Smithsonian Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History. This event is free and open to the public. Karl’s talk is titled, “The Contemporary Challenge of the Sea: Science, Society, and Sustainability.”
From the event flyer:
Life on Earth arose as single-celled microorganisms nearly four billion years ago in an ancient ocean. Microorganisms still dominate our planetary environment despite the subsequent evolution of a diverse spectrum of plants and animals. Microbes produce nearly half of the oxygen in the air that we breathe, and perform other functions critical to sustaining the habitability of the Earth. A more holistic understanding of our microbial ocean will be needed to meet the contemporary “challenge of the sea” in a world that is beginning to show the strain of human activities.
About the Revelle Lecture: In 1999, the Ocean Studies Board (OSB) of the National Acadamies launched the Roger Revelle Commemorative Lecture to highlight the important links between ocean science and public policy. The series was named in honor of the late Roger Revelle, a leader in the field of oceanography for over 50 years who spearheaded efforts to investigate the mechanisms and consequences of climate change. In recognition of the critical importance of education in linking science and public policy, the OSB has partnered with the National Science Resources Center and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History to bring the Revelle Lecture to a broader audience. The lecture is held annually in conjunction with the OSB meeting in Washington, DC.