"Arctic Climate Change: Why it Should Concern Us"

James McCarthy, Ph.D.

Where:    Cary Memorial Hall, 1605 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington, MA
When:     Saturday, March 3, 2007, 7:30 PM, Free Admission



The Arctic is now experiencing some of the most rapid and severe climate change on earth. Over the next 100 years, climate change is expected to accelerate, contributing to major physical, ecological, social, and economic changes, many of which have already begun. Changes in arctic climate will also affect the rest of the world through increased global warming and rising sea levels. Come hear one of the world's top experts in Arctic Marine Science explain why global warming's effects in the Arctic should concern us.

James J. McCarthy is Alexander Agassiz Professor of Biological Oceanography and from 1982 until 2002 he was the Director of Harvard University's Museum of Comparative Zoology. He is also the President-Elect (2008) of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, our nation's largest scientific organization. He holds faculty appointments in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, and he is the Head Tutor for degrees in Environmental Science and Public Policy. He is also the Master of Harvard's Pforzheimer House. McCarthy received his undergraduate degree in biology from Gonzaga University, and his Ph.D. from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. His research interests relate to the regulation of plankton productivity in the sea, and in recent years have focused on regions that are strongly affected by seasonal and inter-annual variation in climate. He is an author of many scientific papers, and he currently teaches courses on biological oceanography and biogeochemical cycles, marine ecosystems, and global change and human health. McCarthy has served and serves on many national and international planning committees, advisory panels, and commissions relating to oceanography, polar science, and the study of climate and global change. From 1986 to 1993, he chaired the international committee that establishes research priorities and oversees implementation of the International Geosphere - Biosphere Program. He was the founding editor for the American Geophysical Union's/ Global Biogeochemical Cycles/. McCarthy was involved in two of the recent international assessments on climate impacts. He served as co-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Working Group II, which had responsibilities for assessing impacts of and vulnerabilities to global climate change for the Third IPCC Assessment (2001). He was also one of the lead authors on the recently completed Arctic Climate Impact Assessment.

McCarthy has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.