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Webcast Extra: Q&A with Paleobiologist Brian Huber

by Maggy Benson -- Feb 25, 2015
Smithsonian's Maggy Benson

Maggy Benson manages the Q?rius distance-learning program and hosts the Museum's webcast series, Smithsonian Science How.

Smithsonian's Dr. Brian Huber answers questions about his research on tiny marine fossils called foraminifera (or forams) in this short video blog.

Can you guess the age of the oldest fossil that Smithsonian paleobiologist Dr. Brian Huber has ever discovered? Or the deepest he has drilled into the Earth to recover tiny marine fossils? Check out our latest video blog to get the answers to these questions and others that were submitted by students nationwide.

During our Feb. 12, 2015, webcast, “Global Change - Reading Ocean Fossils,” Dr. Huber gave us a look into his research on nature’s tiny data loggers, foraminifera (or forams), and how he studies fossil forams to learn about Earth’s climate over the last 120 million years. His research has revealed times in history when the Earth was much warmer, so warm that Antarctica was home to marine reptiles and forests.

If you joined us for the live show then you know that we ran out of time to answer all of the great questions we received about fossil hunting, forams, and global climate change. Watch the video above to get the answers to some of the questions Dr. Huber didn’t have a chance to answer during the live program.

If you joined the live show, or watched the archive, let us know what you think about the program by filling out a short survey. Your feedback helps us improve your webcast experience.

Ready for the next “Smithsonian Science How” webcast? Tune in on March 12, 2015, to see "Mineral Transformations: Demystifying Microbes" with geologist Dr. Cara Santelli to learn about her research on how microbes may be a solution to some types of toxic pollution.

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