Emerging climate change research focus of Hal Borns Symposium

University of Maine graduate students and faculty will make more than 60 presentations about emerging climate change research on topics from lobsters to deer ticks at the 24th annual Harold W. Borns Jr. Symposium on April 14–15, in Stodder Hall.

The symposium namesake, Professor Emeritus Harold “Hal” Borns, founded the Climate Change Institute at UMaine in 1973.

Aaron Putnam and Richard Judd are the two featured speakers at this 43rd anniversary celebration of the CCI, one of the nation’s leading centers for exploration and research about the climate of the past, present and future.

Putnam, the George H. Denton Assistant Professor in the School of Earth and Climate Sciences, will deliver the Invited University of Maine Alumni Lecture 6–6:45 p.m. April 14, in Room 57 of Stodder Hall. Putnam graduated from UMaine with a doctorate in 2011. The title of his lecture is “The Last Great Global Warming.”

Judd, the McBride Professor of History at UMaine, will present the David Clayton Smith Lecture from 11:15 a.m. to noon April 15, also in Room 57 of Stodder Hall. Judd’s talk is titled “‘The Year Without a Summer’: Agriculture, Environment, and New England, 1816 and After.”

In addition, graduate students and faculty will make oral and poster presentations 12–5:15 p.m. Thursday and 8–11:30 a.m. Friday in Room 57 of Stodder Hall and in the adjacent hallway.

More information, including the complete schedule is online.