Skip to main content

Global sea-level rise topic of next K. Douglas Nelson Lecture in the Department of Earth Sciences

Geophysicist Jerry Mitrovica of Harvard University is the featured speaker

Apr 18, 2012 — Article by: Judy Holmes

Image of coastline

Oregon coastline

Geophysicist Jerry Mitrovica of Harvard University will present “The Fingerprints of Global Sea Level Rise” at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 26 in Syracuse University’s Heroy Geology Laboratory Auditorium. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is part of the continuing 2012 K. Douglas Nelson Lecture Series sponsored by the Department of Earth Sciences in Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences. Refreshments will be served. Parking is available in SU’s paid lots.

Mitrovica is a theoretical geophysicist whose studies of the Earth’s structure and evolution have important implications for the understanding of climate and sea-level changes throughout Earth’s history. He is best known for his work in tying Earth’s internal dynamics to surface changes associated with plate tectonics, glacial cycles, and climate change. Mitrovica has shown that rapid melting of ice sheets will lead to distinct geometries of sea-level change, leading the way to modern efforts to “fingerprint” the sources of global sea-level rise. He has also studied the effects of planetary rotation and pole migration on bodies of water and shorelines on Earth and elsewhere.

Mitrovica holds bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees from the University of Toronto. Prior to his appointment to Harvard’s Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Mitrovica served as professor of physics at the University of Toronto and as director of the Earth Systems Evolution Program in the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. He was named a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union in 2005 and a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 2007. He received the 2000 Rutherford Memorial Medal in Physics from the Royal Society of Canada and the 2006 European Geosciences Union’s Augustus Love Medal.

Contact Information

Judy Holmes