PO-EA Senior Seminar Sustainability Presentations

April 30th 7:00PM-9:00PM
Rose Hills Theater, Pomona College

Teams of EA seniors will present the fascinating results of their semester-long research into an array of projects for their real-world clients, including US Geological Service, TreePeople (LA), the City of Claremont, Pomona College’s Sustainability Integration Office, and Sustainable Claremont. The event is free and open to the public.

Rock the Boat-Film Screening

Saturday, April 5th 7:00PM-9:00PM
Hahn 101, Pomona College

Film screening-Rock the Boat, Saving America’s Wildest River

In the summer of 2008, George Wolfe, a satirical writer and avid boater decided to paddle the entire 52 miles of the LA River, from the headwaters in Canoga Park to its mouth in Long Beach. He organized an expedition and, together with a dozen other ragtag locals he changed the course of the river forever. This film tells their incredible story, the story of the embattled waterway, and the story of LA’s past, present and potential future.

Join us as we conclude the L.A. River Symposium April 5th at 7:00PM for a film screening of Rock the Boat and have a post-film panel discussion with the film director and Pomona faculty.

For more information about the film and to watch the official trailer, please visit www.rocktheboatfilm.com

Refreshments will be available. The film screening is free and open to the public. fmi: https://www.facebook.com/events/763666440332541/

The LA River: Past, Present, and Future

Saturday, April 5th 9:00AM-5:00PM
Rose Hills Theater, Pomona College

The Los Angeles Rive is a river, and poet Lewis MacAdams, who founded the Friends of the Los Angeles, was a key figure in changing how we think about it as one. He’ll be joined by historian Bill Deverell, architect Mia Lehrer, and artist Lauren Bon in a day-long symposium about restoring the river and the communities that line its concrete banks. The symposium is funded by a grant from the Mellon Elemental Arts Pomona initiative.

The Plow That Broke the Steppes

Monday, March 24th 4:15PM-5:15PM
Smith Campus Center 208, Pomona College

The steppe region of the former Russian Empire (present-day Ukraine and southern Russia) contains some of the richest soil in the world: the famous “black earth” or chernozem. How did knowledge about the black earth evolve together with the colonization of the Steppe region? How did Russian soil scientists develop frameworks for classifying and investigating the land that later became adapted around the world? What were the connections between the steppe region of the Russian empire and the American Great Plains? Join Distinguished historian David Moon, York University (UK) for an excursion into the human and environmental history of the steppe.

Travis Horton, “Animal Navigation During Long-Distance Migration”

Friday, February 14th at 11:00AM, Edmunds 111, Pomona College

How animals navigate during long-distance migration remains one of the most enduring unsolved mysteries of Earth System science. Advances in satellite-monitored animal tracking technology present unprecedented opportunities to observe animal movement behaviors in the wild and analyze the environmental cues these animals experienced at the spatial and temporal scales at which navigational decisions are made. As these cues may be derived from the geosphere, atmosphere or hydrosphere, the challenge of animal navigation necessarily moves beyond the traditional boundaries of biological science and crosses into the realm of earth system science. For example, it is difficult to envision research on animal navigation without calling upon the expertise of geophysicists as well as biologists given the widespread acceptance of a navigational magnetic sense in many species.Horton will present state-of-the-art humpback whale (Megaptera novaengliae) and osprey (Pandion haliaetus) long-distance migration satellite tracking data in a variety of spatial and temporal contexts. The data and interpretations I will present are extremely relevant to our understanding of how animals navigate, in addition to bigger picture questions regarding how we can best protect and preserve these species and their habitats. The key message of this talk will be: cross-disciplinary problems require cross-disciplinary expertise and solutions.

Travis Horton, “Facilitating Well-Being Through Environmental Analysis”

Thursday, February 13th at 4:15PM, Edmunds 114, Pomona College

Just about everything we do is an attempt to improve our well-being, argues Travis Horton of the University of Christchurch (NZ). We eat, drink and breathe to maintain our health. We think to solve problems and evaluate consequences. We interact to learn, engage and express. The paradox is that one person’s pursuit of well-being has the potential to hinder another’s – often through indirect and unintended flow-on effects. For example, intensification of land-use practices might produce more food (and revenue), but it might also pollute drinking water downstream. Perhaps the greatest challenge of our time is finding a balanced and sustainable approach to the pursuit of well-being. He will present examples of how we can use stable isotopes to trace interacting Earth system processes and conditions with a focus on issues surrounding global food supply, water resources and development of geothermal energy sources; he’ll also discuss the utility of research- informed undergraduate learning as a means of achieving balanced and sustainable solutions to the pursuit of well-being from an Earth Systems perspective.