James White

39th Annual Osgood Memorial Lecture to Feature James White

University of Colorado Boulder professor to present climate change lecture on Jan. 29, at The College of Wooster

January 16, 2020   /  

WOOSTER, Ohio – James White, professor of geological sciences and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder, will present “Can Humans and Nature Coexist? The Fundamental Challenges and Opportunities of Sustainability and Climate Change” at the 39th Annual Richard G. Osgood Jr., Memorial Lecture on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at The College of Wooster. The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7:30 p.m. in Lean Lecture Room of Wishart Hall (303 E. University St.). A dessert reception will precede the lecture.

White’s research interests are broad, but all revolve around the use of environmental stable isotope ratios. He started the INSTARR (Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research) Stable Isotope Lab in 1989. His research has shown that large climate changes tend to occur in the natural system as abrupt and rapid shifts in mode are probably driven by internal adjustments in the Earth climate system rather than slow and gradual adjustments to changing external conditions such as the amount of energy received from the sun. His research has also helped to show that land plants are capable of removing large amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, amounts that equal our input of carbon dioxide from fossil fuel burning on short time scales.

The Richard G. Osgood Jr., memorial lectureship in geology was established in 1981 and endowed by his three sons in memory of their father, a paleontologist with an international reputation who taught at Wooster from 1967 until 1981. Funds from this endowment are used to bring a well-known scientist interested in paleontology and/or stratigraphy to the campus each year to lecture and meet with students.

White’s lecture is sponsored by the Department of Earth Sciences and the Richard G. Osgood Jr., Memorial Lecture Endowed Fund. Additional information is available by phone 330-263-2380 or email preeder@wooster.edu.