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Antarctica researcher to present on global warming – Smoky Mountain News

Learn about the increasingly pressing issue of global warming during a free presentation at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at the Highlands Nature Center in Highlands. 

Dr. James B. McClintock, Endowed University Professor of Polar and Marine Biology at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, will use a largely story-based approach to convey his message in “From Penguins to Plankton — the Dramatic Impacts of Climate Change in Antarctica.”

The Antarctic Peninsula is the most rapidly warming region on Earth, with glaciers in retreat, major coastal ice sheets disintegrating and annual sea ice declining. Marine ecosystems are being dramatically restructured, speaking to the need to address global climate change and its growing impacts. The story of the discovery and mitigation of the hole in the ozone over Antarctica offers a poignant model of hope for the future.

McClintock is an award-wining professor, author and leading expert on the ecological impacts of climate change and ocean acidification on marine life in the Antarctic Peninsula and recently returned from this 16th research expedition to the continent. Over the past two decades, he and his collaborators have been among the world’s leading authorities on Antarctic marine chemical ecology and drug discovery. 

The event is presented in partnership with the Highlands Biological Foundation, with a reception to follow. Space is limited, with registration required by calling 828.526.2221 or online at highlandsbiological.org

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