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Probable Meets Possible: Leveling Up to Combat Climate Change

Join for a conversation this spring with University scientists about how discoveries happening now may impact the future.

Scientists unravel the effects of climate change at two vastly different levels — from the activities of individual microbes to fluxes of gases in the atmosphere. They engage in conversations with individual community members and groups of global political leaders. Dr. Jennifer Powers and Dr. Heidi Roop will share the challenges and strengths of working across these scales. They’ll share insights into how these dual approaches might catalyze novel collaborations and progress in climate change work.

Event Details

Wednesday, March 31 
4 - 5 p.m. CT
Free, virtual


The conversation will be held via Zoom. You will receive the link to join in a confirmation e-mail and two days before the event.

About the presenters

Jennifer Powers, professor in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior and Plant and Microbial Biology, largely works in tropical ecosystems. Powers studies biogeochemical and ecosystem processes at local, regional and global scales. She studies how element cycling processes are impacted by numerous forces — from individual microbial species to changes in land-cover.

Heidi Roop, assistant professor of Climate Science, unites her rich background in climate science and science communication to provide climate change information to key stakeholders in local communities and abroad. Roop also holds an Affiliate Assistant Professorship at the University of Washington School of Public Health and is an Adjunct Researcher at the Center for Science and Society at Victoria University of Wellington.

More about Probable Meets Possible

Humans impact the planet at every scale from the composition of microbes in our soil to the function (or dysfunction) of entire ecosystems. Some suggest the current geological era should be called the Anthropocene in recognition of the outsized role we play in shaping the world around us. Our ability to understand how things work and, potentially, how to make them work for us to address pressing issues has never been greater. Given the rapid pace of discovery, what would it look like if we could time travel into the not-too-distant future. Investigators talk about the probable challenges we face and the possible developments that could shape the future in profound ways. This is a continuation from the spring 2020 series.

Organized by the College of Biological Sciences and the Bell Museum. The event is moderated by the Bell Museum's Holly Menninger.

February, 2021