Bristol Geog Assoc 20-21: Blooming algae: microbes and ice sheets

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Dr. Chris Williamson: Physical geography (and biology) at wide range of scales, from microscopic work to global scale impacts

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Dr. Chris Williamson (Lecturer in Polar Microbiology at the School of Geographical Sciences) will describe how life in its smallest microbial forms can impact stability of the worlds largest ice sheets. Chris’ research looks at how the adaptations of microscope algae to life in extreme cryo-environments scales up to influence the physical and chemical characteristics of the systems at the regional scale, with global implications.

In this lecture, Chris will discuss the steps needed to undertake this research across the cryosphere, his major findings and how we can learn about similar microbes in our own backyard.

There will be an opportunity to discuss your own plans for field work in physical geography - a challenge for everybody at the moment.

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