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Antarctic researcher to lecture at Miami

02/03/2010

John Priscu to speak Feb. 10.
Miami University welcomes John Priscu, professor of land resources and environmental sciences at Montana State University-Bozeman and a leading expert in cold climate biology, who will speak at 4:10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, in 128 Pearson Hall.

“Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: What We Are Learning from South Polar Science” will be the topic of Priscu’s talk. He has published two books and more than 200 scholarly articles.

He led the first winter expeditions to study the lakes of the McMurdo Dry Valleys and has a stream and valley in the Transantarctic Mountains named after him.

Priscu has spent 26 field seasons in Antarctica researching life under ice shelves, the southern ocean, sea ice, permanently ice covered lakes and the vast Antarctic ice sheet. He has taken more than 200 undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students to Antarctica.

Priscu’s work also includes the study of life on other icy worlds, including Mars, Europa, Enceledus and Titan. He is a principal investigator on a NASA Astrobiology Institute titled, “The Astrobiology of Icy Worlds,” and the NASA project “Endurance.”

The lecture is sponsored by the department of microbiology and co-sponsored by the ecology, evolution and environmental biology (EEEB) doctoral program and integrative graduate education and research traineeship (IGERT). The event is free and open to the public.

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