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Inside Science: Environmental Science

Lecture/Seminar

How Weather Has Shaped Human History

Thursday, December 15, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. ET

Dramatic weather might seem to be a new phenomenon, but weather and climate change have been shaping human history for thousands of years. Historian Caroline Winterer examines a series of weather-driven turning points that were strong enough to force migration, end wars, and create famines—and how the aftermath of past climate change might affect our future.


Lecture/Seminar

Galápagos Islands: Darwin’s Smoking Gun

Tuesday, January 31, 2023 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

The young Charles Darwin’s observations from his 1835 exploration of the ecologically unique Galápagos Islands were pivotal to his eventual realization that organisms change with time and that they evolve. Biologist John Kricher and photographer Kevin Loughlin discuss the rich array of fauna and flora of the Galápagos that Darwin might have found, as well as the notable, if not quirky, human history on the islands.