Join climate scientist Zach Brown as he describes his research in the High Arctic. Through photos and stories, he will share the experience of climbing aboard an icebreaking vessel for weeks in the 24-hour daylight and frigid temperatures of the polar seas. Zach will also delve into what his team has learned: the way that changes in sea ice are affecting the biological realm of this harsh and remote region of the planet – as well as inviting controversial industrial expansion.
Zach will also share his current work: creating an institute for education and research at a remote and beautiful homestead in his homeland of Alaska. To spread word of this effort, last summer after completing his PhD, he set off on a 4-month, 2,300-mile trek from Stanford University to Southeast Alaska, traveling solo on foot and by kayak.
Zach Brown grew up surrounded by the wilderness of Southeast Alaska. With parents in the National Park Service, Zach had ample opportunity as a boy to explore Glacier Bay and the Tongass National Forest, experiences that gave him a lasting love of the natural world.
The Portland Science Pub takes place monthly at the Empirical Theater at OMSI. Check in at the theater entrance (doors open at 5 PM) – there’s a $5 suggested admission. OMSI’s restaurant Theory, and the Empirical Cafe are open and you can take food and drinks into the theater with you.
Parking is free for the event, but consider taking the streetcar or any of the multitude of buses that cross the Hawthorne Bridge (eastbound/westbound), which has stops a few blocks from OMSI.