Event Date: 26 November 2015
University of London
Royal Holloway University of London presents:
2015 Women in Science Lecture
Professor Jane Francis (Director, British Antarctic Survey) – Going to the ends of the Earth as a woman in Science
On a continent of which over 99% is now covered with ice sheets, paradoxically, some of the most common fossils are those of plants. They indicate that millions of years ago Antarctica was a green and forested land, even though the continent was situated over the South Pole. The fossils contain a rich store of climate information that provides a window into past greenhouse worlds with ice-free poles. This lecture includes examples of some of the spectacular fossil plants that we find in Antarctica and how they are used to understand what polar climates were like in the past when the world was a much warmer place. It will also explain how we undertake geological fieldwork in this awesomely beautiful but remote and harsh landscape.
Introduction by Professor Paul Hogg (Vice-Principal and Dean of Science, RHUL):
Vote of Thanks by Professor Andrew Scott (Department of Earth Sciences, RHUL):