Research scientist explores change at poles

Nws-Polar-science-10-16Robin E. Bell, research professor at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, will talk about A New Exploration Era of Our Changing Poles on Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Bruce Museum.

Dr. Bell has coordinated nine major expeditions to Greenland and Antarctica to study ice sheets, working alongside a team of Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory scientists and engineers. Her discoveries in these remote frontiers have implications far beyond local boundaries. Striving to understand the processes at the poles has led to insights in global climate and more.

“A century ago, the goal of polar exploration on our planet was planting flags,” Dr. Bell said. “Now we are in a new era of exploration, building knowledge of how these beautiful ice sheets grow and shrink over time. Less known than the surface of the moon and Mars, the ice sheets cover hidden mountains, lakes and active volcanos.”

Dr. Bell has been part of the research staff at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory since 1989 and is a member of the Earth Institute faculty.

Doors open at 6:30 pm for a reception with light refreshments and open galleries, and the lecture begins at 7 p.m. Reservations are required by calling 203-413-6757. The lecture is free to museum members and students with identification and $15 for non-members. The Oct. 28 program coincides with the opening of the Bruce Museum’s new exhibition Antarctica: Photographs by Diane Tuft.

The Bruce Museum is located at One Museum Drive. For more information, visit Brucemuseum.org.

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