Geographical Association Lecture

Jo banner Life on Earth's Cold Shoulder In this talk, Dr Cook will discuss his research into bioglaciology with particular emphasis on his most recent field season on the Greenland ice sheet.

Event date: Wednesday, 3 December 2014 at 6.00 PM

Venue: University of Derby, Kedleston Road Campus, DE22 3GBS

Room: Lecture theatre OL2

Time: 6-7pm

Cost: Free for branch members, £2 non-members

Life on Earth's Cold Shoulder

The surface of glaciers and ice sheets are commonly thought of as being lifeless and barren; however they actually represent the planet's largest freshwater biome, providing habitats for abundant and diverse microbial life. These microbes cycle carbon at rates comparable to warm soil and marine ecosystems, and due to their dark colours they can accelerate glacier melt rates. In this talk, Dr Cook will discuss his research into 'bioglaciology' with particular emphasis on his most recent field season on the Greenland ice sheet.

About the speaker

Dr Joseph Cook is a lecturer in Physical Geography in the Department of Natural Sciences at the University of Derby. His area of expertise is the "cryosphere" - all things frozen on the earth's surface. In particular, his research focuses on the interactions between living and non-living components of glacier and ice sheet surfaces. To date this research has taken him to field camps in Svalbard and various locations on the Greenland ice sheet, where he has developed novel methods for monitoring microbial activity in harsh polar habitats.