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TU Science Café to focus on climate change

The next installment in Thomas University’s Science Café series will feature Dr. Jeff Chanton, the John Winchester Professor of Oceanography at Florida State University and a 2015 American Geophysical Union fellow. Chanton will present “History of Climate Change and What that Means for Today’s Climate” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, in the Flowers Foods Executive Classroom inside Smith-Bonvillian Hall on TU’s Main Campus.

According to FSU’s website, Chanton’s current research focuses on looking at permafrost decomposition in the northern boreal zone; learning about trophic relationships in estuaries; reducing methane emissions to the atmosphere; designing landfill cover soils that promote the growth of methane-consuming bacteria; methane gas hydrates, which may be a large reservoir of fossil fuel; pine forests, which can be large sinks for excess carbon dioxide; and ground water discharge and its importance to the nutrient budgets of coastal waters.

Chanton is also involved in the new Biogeochemical Dynamics Program at FSU, which is an interdisciplinary research-oriented program focusing on environmental biogeochemistry within the FSU College of Arts and Sciences.

Science Café guests are invited to a reception before the conversation at 6 p.m. in the lobby of Smith-Bonvillian Hall. The discussion will begin at 6:30 p.m. There is no admission charge, and the event is open to the public.

For more information, contact April Penton at

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