Saturday, October 15, 2016
2:00pm-3:00pm (immediately following the Business Lunch)
Bishop Williams Hall (Johnson 200)
Title: “Evolution of the North American Ecosystem from the Full Glacial to the Anthropocene”
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Konrad Gajewski, Professor of Geography, University of Ottawa
Dr. Gajewski and his team are using a “big data” approach to understanding the postglacial environmental evolution of the continent. Using continental-scale databases of biological fossils from sedimentary deposits and of archaeological data, they are asking questions such as:
- How did the regional climates change during the transition from the glacial period to the present?
- How did the climate changes of the past 20,000 years affect the terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems?
- When did people arrive in North America, and where were they distributed?
- Did past environmental changes affect human population sizes or technological innovations?
- How did human activity (arrival and migration of humans, introduction of agriculture) affect the vegetation over the past 15000 years?
Dr. Konrad Gajewski is a Professor in the Department of Geography, Environment & Geomatics at the University of Ottawa (https://arts.uottawa.ca/geography/people/gajewski-konrad
). He has a BS in Biology, MS in Quaternary Studies and PhD in Meteorology. He has held Postdoc and research positions at University of Toronto and Université Laval. He is a former chair in the Department of Geography, and holds cross appointments at the graduate level in Biology and Earth Sciences. He is also Director of the Laboratory for Paleoclimatology and Climatology at the University (http://www.lpc.uottawa.ca/).