Thursday, February 22, 2018
7 p.m.

Learning Innovation Center, Room 100, Corvallis

Phi Beta Kappa lecture with James Zachos, Visiting Scholar

Since 1956, the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program has been offering undergraduates the opportunity to spend time with some of America's most distinguished scholars. The purpose of the program is to contribute to the intellectual life of the campus by making possible an exchange of ideas between the Visiting Scholars and the resident faculty and students. The Visiting Scholars travel to more than 100 colleges and universities each year, spending two days on each campus and taking full part in the academic life of the institution. They meet informally with students and faculty members, participate in classroom discussions and seminars, and give a public lecture open to the academic community and the general public.

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James Zachos’s research has centered on ocean, climate, and carbon cycle dynamics during the past 65 million years, with a specific focus on periods of extreme warming. He reconstructs past ocean temperature and carbon chemistry via analysis of microfossils recovered from deep-sea sediment archives. Professor of earth and planetary sciences at UC Santa Cruz, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011 and is recipient of the 2016 Milutin Milankovic Medal of the European Geosciences Union for outstanding research in long-term climate change. He is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union (recipient, Emiliani Award for scientific contributions to the understanding of past oceans and climates), the Geological Society of America, and the California Academy of Sciences.