UMD's Departments of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and the Large Lakes Observatory will host a lecture by Professor Thomas Bianchi, University of Florida, titled, "Deltas and Humans: A Long Relationship Now Threatened by Global Change." The talk will be held Thurs., Sept. 17 at 7 pm in UMD's Life Sciences Building Room 17 and will focus on a book Bianchi is writing for Oxford University Press summarizing the impacts of sea level rise on large river deltas and human settlements all over the world.This event is free and open to the public.
Bianchi currently holds the Jon and Beverly Thompson Endowed Chair of Geological Sciences in the Dept. of Geosciences at University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla. He is an internationally-known expert in the biogeochemistry of estuaries, organic geochemistry, and organic carbon cycling, and he has spent his career working in estuarine systems and large river deltas all over the world. Much of his work has focused on the impacts of humans on natural areas, including the hypoxic “dead zone” of the Gulf of Mexico and the effects of climate change on estuarine systems.
Bianchi has been awarded multiple Fulbright Fellowships, published over 160 papers in professional journals, and has written or edited six books considered significant in his field. Additionally, he was recently admitted as a fellow to the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
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