Events

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Online
This event will be held virtually. The Earth Institute Postdoctoral Research program is unique in its mission to train a generation of professionals equipped to address some of the world's most urgent problems. The symposium highlights the work of current Postdoctoral Researchers Ben Bales, Pilar Fernández, Elisabeth K. Illboudo Nébié, Megan Maurer, and Liv Yoon. The Symposium will be presented and moderated by John C. Mutter, Director of Graduate Studies, Sustainable Development Ph.D. program; Director, Earth Institute Postdoctoral Research program; Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences; Professor, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University.
Friday, April 10, 2020 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Online
This event will be held virtually. The Earth Institute provides funding to students to support research assistantships, internships, and travel opportunities. Students will share their experiences addressing current environmental and sustainable development issues. A short video on the students will be shown and an online Q&A will follow.
Monday, April 13, 2020 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Online
Presenter: Jonny Kingslake, Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences Target audience: Grades 7-12 Description: In this lecture, Jonny Kingslake will take participants on an adventure traversing the West Antarctic Ice Sheet to measure the way the ice flows. He will talk about the physics behind the changing ice, his fieldwork, the data he collects and analyzes, and how his work is critical to understanding the impacts of changing ice on sea level rise.
Thursday, April 16, 2020 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Monell 137 Conference Room
The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (part of the Earth Institute) presents its monthly climate forecast briefing. The IRI's seasonal climate forecasts and ENSO (El Niño Southern Oscillation) forecasts are discussed in this briefing by IRI's chief forecaster, Tony Barnston.
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Online
Presenter: Laurel Zaima, Education Program Assistant, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Target audience: Grades 3-5 Description: Join Laurel in this session to explore the science behind microplastics. They have been found everywhere, from Arctic snow to the depths of the Mariana Trench, and they are even found in our food webs and our laundry! Laurel will introduce students to exactly what they are, where they can be found, and why we should care about their emergence in multiple aspects of our lives.
Wednesday, April 29, 2020 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Online
Presenter: Dan Osgood, Research Scientist, International Research Institute for Climate and Society Target audience: Grades 6-8 Description: Play a game with Dan! Students will take on the role of farmers faced with making decisions in a changing climate. Within the game scenario, students will be asked to make decisions to play it safe, or to take a risk based on relevant climate data that will be presented. This activity will then be connected to real-life situations that farmers are experiencing around the world in the face of climate change.
Monday, May 4, 2020 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Monell Auditorium
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED Lamont’s Geochemistry Division is organizing an all-day symposium to celebrate the scientific career – more than six decades long – of TARO TAKAHASHI (1930-2019) a seagoing scientist who make key discoveries about carbon dioxide and the Earth's climate. After acquiring his Bachelor of Engineering degree at the University of Tokyo, Taro Takahashi moved to New York to complete his Ph.D. in geology at Columbia University in 1957. He rose through the ranks to full professor at the University of Rochester, and he held the position of Distinguished Professor of Physical Sciences at Queens College (CUNY) before returning to Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in 1977. He served the Lamont community for 23 years as an Associate Director, continuing as a Ewing Lamont Research Professor until death in 2019. Taro’s main research was aimed at understanding the fate of anthropogenic CO2 released into Earth’s atmosphere. Throughout his career at Lamont, his research was critical to the quantification of the ocean’s uptake of anthropogenic CO2, allowing the uptake by the terrestrial biosphere to be calculated by differencing. These findings constitute a cornerstone for any projection of future trajectories of atmospheric CO2 levels, as well as for any strategies to reduce those levels through management and mitigation. The symposium will include science talks, historical anecdotes, and a reception at the close of the day. A complete program will follow.
Monday, May 4, 2020 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Online
Presenter: Cari Leland, Lecturer in Earth & Environmental Sciences, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Target audience: Grades 3-5 Description: What can we learn about a tree’s life and history by examining tree rings? During this session, students will learn how to analyze tree rings and how dendrochronologists use tree-ring research to improve our understanding of past climate and environment.
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Online
Presenter: Sheean Haley, Senior Staff Associate, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Target Audience: Grades 3-6 Description: Did you know that some superheroes are microscopic? In this lecture and activity, Sheean will introduce you to these amazing, and amazingly tiny, organisms, called phytoplankton. Students will learn how phytoplankton help our planet, and how different phytoplankton use unique superpowers to survive in the ocean. Students will also participate in an activity where they will come up with a fantastical phytoplankton species, based on what their new species would need to survive in the ocean.
Monday, May 11, 2020 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Online
Presenter: Dara Mendeloff, Geographic Information Specialist, Center for International Earth Science Information Network Target audience: Grades 3-6 Description: Learn introductory basics of GIS (Geographic Information Systems), work with ArcGIS Online for interacting with maps and exploring social and environmental processes. GIS specialist Dara will teach students about what GIS can be used for, how to identify patterns on a map, and to understand how maps can be used to solve real world problems and tell stories.
Monday, May 11, 2020 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Online
Presenter: Dara Mendeloff, Geographic Information Specialist, Center for International Earth Science Information Network Target audience: Grades 10-12 Description: Learn the basics of GIS (Geographic Information Systems), work with ArcGIS Online to interact with maps and explore social and environmental processes. GIS specialist Dara will teach students about applications that GIS can be used for, to identify patterns on a map, and to analyze data and maps for addressing real world problems and telling stories.
Monday, May 18, 2020 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Monell Auditorium
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED Special Symposium The Life and Work of Walter C. Pitman III (1931-2019) Discoverer of the “smoking gun” of seafloor spreading Mapper of seafloor magnetic anomalies Theorist of sea level and stratigraphy Explainer of “Noah’s Flood” Beloved teacher and mentor Lamont’s Marine Geology and Geophysics Division is organizing an all-day ceremony to celebrate the extraordinary life and legacy of Walter Pitman. The ceremony will include science talks, anecdotes, and a reception. A complete program will follow.
Thursday, May 21, 2020 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Monell 137 Conference Room
The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (part of the Earth Institute) presents its monthly climate forecast briefing. The IRI's seasonal climate forecasts and ENSO (El Niño Southern Oscillation) forecasts are discussed in this briefing by IRI's chief forecaster, Tony Barnston.
Thursday, June 18, 2020 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Monell 137 Conference Room
The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (part of the Earth Institute) presents its monthly climate forecast briefing. The IRI's seasonal climate forecasts and ENSO (El Niño Southern Oscillation) forecasts are discussed in this briefing by IRI's chief forecaster, Tony Barnston.
Thursday, July 16, 2020 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Monell 137 Conference Room
The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (part of the Earth Institute) presents its monthly climate forecast briefing. The IRI's seasonal climate forecasts and ENSO (El Niño Southern Oscillation) forecasts are discussed in this briefing by IRI's chief forecaster, Tony Barnston.
Thursday, August 20, 2020 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Monell 137 Conference Room
The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (part of the Earth Institute) presents its monthly climate forecast briefing. The IRI's seasonal climate forecasts and ENSO (El Niño Southern Oscillation) forecasts are discussed in this briefing by IRI's chief forecaster, Tony Barnston.
Thursday, September 17, 2020 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Monell 137 Conference Room
The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (part of the Earth Institute) presents its monthly climate forecast briefing. The IRI's seasonal climate forecasts and ENSO (El Niño Southern Oscillation) forecasts are discussed in this briefing by IRI's chief forecaster, Tony Barnston.
Thursday, October 15, 2020 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Monell 137 Conference Room
The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (part of the Earth Institute) presents its monthly climate forecast briefing. The IRI's seasonal climate forecasts and ENSO (El Niño Southern Oscillation) forecasts are discussed in this briefing by IRI's chief forecaster, Tony Barnston.
Thursday, November 19, 2020 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Monell 137 Conference Room
The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (part of the Earth Institute) presents its monthly climate forecast briefing. The IRI's seasonal climate forecasts and ENSO (El Niño Southern Oscillation) forecasts are discussed in this briefing by IRI's chief forecaster, Tony Barnston.