In our latest edition of Science in the S.E.A.A., our speaker series with James Cook University Singapore, Jan Strugnell speaks to us about rising sea levels in Antarctica.
Titled “Antarctica and its evolution: Rising Sea Levels”, here’s what you can expect in this edition of Science in the S.E.A.A..
West Antarctica has been identified as one of the fastest warming places on the planet. In fact, ice losses in Earth’s southernmost continent has tripled since 2012, which in turn has caused global sea levels to rise by 0.12 inches.
As a result of anthropogenic climate change, large parts of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet are expected to melt, but the rate and proportion of that melt is unknown. However, we can use genetic signatures that exist within Antarctic marine animals that live on the sea floor to investigate this key question. This information will be crucial to curb rising sea levels.
About the speaker
A little about Jan Strugnell – she’s a Molecular Biologist and currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Marine Biology and Aquaculture at James Cook University, Australia. After completing her honours degree in Aquaculture, she went on to be the first-ever James Cook University alumnus to receive a Rhodes Scholarship. She later also obtained her PhD from Oxford University.
A key part of her research agenda concerns the use of genetic tools to investigate population and species-level molecular evolution of Antarctic and deep-sea taxa in the context of past climatic and geological change. She is also interested in understanding the genetic signatures of marine species that are shifting range in response to climate change.
Interested in finding out more and how it affects the rest of us? Come join us and A/Prof Strugnell this March at our S.E.A. Aquarium.
Event: Science in the S.E.A.A. – Associate Professor Jan Strugnell
Date: 2nd March 2019
Time: 8:00PM – 9:30PM
Venue: S.E.A. Aquarium
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This event is exclusively for members of Guardians of the S.E.A.A..