Global change lectures set June 4-8

The Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting is offering a free series of lectures on global change and public perceptions given by several visiting scientists and communicators.

The five-part series will be held June 4-8 in the Coastal Institute Auditorium at URI’s Bay Campus.

The schedule is as follows:

Monday, June 4, 3:30pm
“What are Climate Models Good For?”
Gavin A. Schmidt, climate scientist at NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies


Tuesday, June 5, 3:30pm
“Deep Breathing; Climate Stressors in the Coastal and Open Sea”
Lisa Levin, director of the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation and distinguished professor at Scripps institution of Oceanography

Wednesday, June 6, 3:30pm
“Down the Drain: Emerging Contaminants in the Marine Environment”
Edward T. Furlong, research chemist in the Methods Research & Development Program of the National Water Quality Laboratory with the U.S. Geological Survey

Thursday, June 7, 3:30pm
“Four Fish: the Future of the Last Wild Food”
Paul Greenberg, Author

Friday, June 8, 11am
“Climate change in the American Mind”
Anthony Leiserowitz, research scientist at the Yale University School of Forestry

The week of lectures caps the annual science immersion workshop provided by Metcalf for 10 selected journalists who are given a chance to interact with scientists at the URI Graduate school of Oceanography on the topic of global change impacts on coastal areas and ecosystems. For more information, visit