Humans and Wild Ecosystems in a Hot World
The fifth annual Climate Science and Policy Conference, "Humans and Wild Ecosystems in a Hot World” takes place on Wednesday, March 7, at 7 p.m. at the Rio Theatre. Speakers Newton Harrison (UC Santa Cruz) and Scott Wing (Smithsonian Institution) will discuss how humans and wild ecosystems can survive, and even thrive, on a hot planet. The talks will be introduced by Social Sciences Dean Katharyne Mitchell and moderated by Paul Koch, Dean of the Physical and Biological Sciences. Arts Dean Susan Solt will provide concluding remarks.
Newton Harrison has been exhibiting art widely since the 1960’s. He and his wife, Helen, comprise The Harrison Studio. Their visionary projects have expanded dialogue around previously unexplored environmental issues. The Harrisons are Arts Dean’s Visiting Eminent Professors at UC Santa Cruz, and lead the Center for the Study of the Force Majeure.
Scott Wing is a biologist who explores evolution, ecology, and climate change at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, where he is Curator of Fossil Plants. His research is focused on the Cretaceous and early Cenozoic - a period of globally warm climate when flowering plants were emerging as the dominant form of terrestrial life - and is based largely on field work and analysis of fossil plants.