Bing tracking

The Sverdrup Visiting Scientist Program

Hope Jahren
Hope Jahren // Photo by Ressler Photography


Monday, January 23, 2017
7 p.m., Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center

Twenty Things That Everyone Should Know About Global Change

Planet Earth and its inhabitants have experienced a dizzying amount of change during the last three decades. Since 1980, the global population has doubled, grain production has doubled, sugar production has doubled, meat and fish production has tripled, automobile production has doubled, and oil consumption has increased by 30 percent. Research teams at universities around the world are actively studying how these changes have already, and may further, affect human populations as well as natural ecosystems. As environmental scientists, we strive to become expertly familiar with our personal corner of global change — but perhaps there is something to learn from stepping back and examining the bigger picture. This lecture will present the 20 most dramatic ways in which our planet had changed since the presenter was a little girl (and perhaps when you were a kid, too!) — the numbers may surprise you.


Tuesday, January 24, 2017
11 a.m., Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center

Be as a Tree Planted by the Waters: The Magic of Roots, Leaves, and Everything in Between

Trees are the oldest, biggest, and most successful creatures in the world. Using energy from the sun, and carbon from the air, they have thrived on land for more than four hundred million years. Hear about the amazing and unique methods that plants around us use to establish, grow, flourish, and defend themselves.  Learn how plants are much more than food, medicine, and wood — they form the living, striving foundation of Planet Earth.


Hope Jahren

Hope Jahren is an award-winning scientist who has been pursuing independent research in paleobiology since 1996 when she completed her doctorate at the University of California, Berkeley, and began teaching and researching, first at the Georgia Institute of Technology and then at Johns Hopkins University. She is the recipient of three Fulbright Awards and is one of four scientists, and the only woman, to have been awarded both of the Young Investigator Medals given within the earth sciences. Currently, she is a tenured professor at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa in Honolulu, wherein 2008 she built the Isotope Geobiology Laboratories, with support from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and the National Institutes of Health.

Sponsored by the General Leif J. Sverdrup Visiting Scientist Program at Augsburg University. Co-sponsored by the Minnesota Space Grant Consortium and Augsburg STEM Programs.