Discover how three extreme environments affect all of us at World of Discovery: Exploring Our Global Environment, a three-part series at the Delaware Museum of Natural History featuring scientists from the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean and Environment sharing their research. Topics include the inhospitable climate of Antarctica, how volcanoes are a window into the history of our planet, and the effects of nuclear weapons under the sea.
Postdoctoral researcher Kendra Lynn, based at a lab at the University of Delaware, uses chemical analysis of rocks and their minerals to reveal important information about geologic changes on our planet. Much of her work has focused on Kilauea, Hawaii’s long-active volcano, but now she applies similar techniques to learn about the Earth’s mantle by analyzing samples taken from the seafloor where tectonic plates are separating and magma is rising to the surface. Lynn’s talk will cover what scientists are learning about the geological history of the Earth and how they collect the samples they need, whether thousands of feet up a volcano or thousands of feet below the ocean surface.
Kendra Lynn earned her PhD from the University of Hawaii at Manoa before joining the Mantle Processes Group in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Delaware College of Earth, Ocean and Environment. She is also a research associate with the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History and regularly participates in Skype-a-Scientist to share her love for geology with K-12 classrooms across the country.
Free for DMNH Members and members of the Delaware Mineralogical Society and the Delaware Ornithological Society , $5 for non-members
Also in the series:
Living and Working on the East Antarctic Plateau – a travelogue, Thursday, October 3 | 7-9 p.m.
Bombs at Bikini—Exploring the Underwater Impacts of Nuclear Weapons Testing, Thursday, December 5 | 7-8:30 p.m.
World of Discovery: Exploring our Global Environment is presented by the University of Delaware College of Earth, Ocean & Environment and the Delaware Museum of Natural History.