"Sea level of the past and future: At the Intersection of Politics, Race, Gender, Ice Sheets, and Corals"
Abstract: My research centers on reconstructing past changes in sea level to better understand the dynamics of ice sheet and sea level response to changes in climate, particularly during warm climates or rapid climate transitions. I will present an overview of our evolving understanding of sea level and ice sheet volume during the Last Interglacial, ~125,000 years ago, through work that my research group has conducted at numerous sites around the globe. This interdisciplinary work relies on using fossil corals to reconstruct the past position of sea level through field work that is integrated with sedimentology, isotope geochemistry, reef paleobiology, and geophysical modeling. In addition to sharing some of this emerging science, my talk will also explore the ways in which my research and my experience as a scientist is impacted by and/or has ramifications for several intersecting issues, including politics, race, and gender.
Dr. Andrea Dutton is a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Department of Geoscience. Her main research focus is to establish the behavior of sea level and polar ice sheets during past warm periods to better inform us about future sea-level rise. Dr. Dutton is active in communicating about climate change and sea-level rise to the public and has been extensively quoted and featured in popular media and has testified to the U.S. Senate about matters related to climate change and industrial emissions. Dr. Dutton is a MacArthur fellow, a Fulbright scholar, and a fellow of the Geological Society of America.