Conservation Lecture Series
Thursday, July 11, 2013 7 PM 
FSUCML Auditorium


Antarctica is often referred to as the last pristine environment; however, an increasing body of evidence suggests this is inaccurate. Circumpolar long-term research indicates that recent changes in the global climate, driven by human influences, are particularly acute in Antarctica.  For example, warming of the regional climate has been correlated with disturbances throughout the sea-ice dominated ecosystem along the Western Antarctic Peninsula. 


A lesser studied human impact on the Antarctic ecosystem is the presence of persistent organic pollutants, such as DDT, in apex predators like the Adélie penguin.  DDT has not declined in Adélie penguins from the Western Antarctic Peninsula for more than 30 years indicating that there is a current source of DDT to the Antarctic marine food web. Dr. Geisz will discuss the likely source for this DDT along with the broader impacts of climate change on Adélie penguins and their icy habitat.

*Free and open to the public. No registration required.  
Bio: Dr. Heidi Geisz
(Adjunct Faculty)   


Coming from the landlocked state of Colorado, Dr. Heidi Geisz followed an atypical path to marine science.  After graduating magna cum laude from the University of Colorado in 1997 with a  B.A. in Environmental, Population and Organismal Biology/Psychology, Dr. Geisz worked as a seasonal technician for the seabird component of the Palmer Station, Antarctica Long Term Ecological Research project until 2004.

She entered the doctoral program at the College of William and Mary, School of Marine Science to examine the transport and fate of organic contaminants in Antarctica, 
their incorporation into the Antarctic food web (particularly higher predators) and their use as tracers in seabirds breeding on the Antarctic Peninsula.  After earning her Ph.D. in 2010, Dr. Geisz became a Sea Grant Knauss Fellow working on the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee subcommittee staff for Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs. She is now an adjunct faculty member of the FSU Coastal & Marine Lab.
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