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Arctic Alaska: Wild, Wonderful and Warming at next Forum

arctic-alaska-wild-warming-stan-wullschlegerDr. Stan Wullschleger, project director of Next-Generation Ecosystem Experiments at ORNL, will present “Arctic Alaska: Wild, Wonderful, and Warming” at the next UT Science Forum Friday, March 28.

Rising temperatures in high-latitude ecosystems bring into question the vulnerability of frozen soil or permafrost to thaw and degradation. Organic matter stored for thousands of years is slowly becoming available for microbial decomposition with implications for our planet’s climate. While important, that is just part of the story; the tip of the terrestrial iceberg.

Dr. Wullschleger will address, through a mixture of science and travelogue, the rest of the story as he focuses his presentation on the landscape-scale consequences of further warming in the Arctic.

The UT Science Forum takes place Fridays from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the UT Thompson-Boling Arena Cafe, Rooms C-D. The 40-minute presentation is followed by a Q&A session. The UT Science Forum is free and open to the public.