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Public Lecture Series with R. Max Holmes

Around the Arctic in 80 Days

Max Holmes FN’15 is an earth system scientist at the Woods Hole Research Center who is tackling one of humanity’s greatest challenges – global climate change – in some of Earth’s most remote and vulnerable environments – the Siberian, Canadian, and Alaskan Arctic. His stunningly beautiful presentation, featuring photos and video from award-winning environmental photographer Chris Linder FN’15, highlights some of his experiences in the Arctic where his team explores the fate of the vast quantities of ancient but vulnerable carbon that is locked up in permafrost.

The presentation will begin with a description of the launch of the Arctic Great Rivers Observatory project in 2002, when Holmes traveled to the Arctic’s six largest rivers (Ob’, Yenisey, Lena, and Kolyma in Siberia; Yukon and Mackenzie in North America) to initiate a multiyear (and still ongoing) research program on each of these rivers. It also feature stories from the Polaris Project (, in which each summer Holmes leads a group of about 25 participants (including ~12 undergraduate students) on a research expedition to the Siberian Arctic. Intermixed with the scientific motivation and results from these efforts will be stories of the challenges and adventures of Arctic research, particularly in the Russian Arctic where bureaucratic challenges often accentuate the environmental challenges.

Having arrived in Woods Hole in 1995, Holmes recently completed a 2-year post as Director of the Arctic System Science Program at the National Science Foundation and in 2008/2009 was the Chesley Distinguished Visiting Professor at Carleton College. In addition to his passion for the Arctic, Holmes also investigates large rivers around the world including the Amazon and Congo, and in March 2016 will make his first trip to the Mekong River in Laos and Thailand. When not traveling around the world on a research trip, he can often be found with his family plying the waters around Woods Hole.

Date: March 7, 2016

Time: 6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Lecture

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 East 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: $10

Guest Ticket Price: $25

Student Ticket Price:

$5 with a valid Student ID

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