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Anthropocene: Life in the Age of Humans - Coastal Legacies

WhenThursday, September 25, 2014 - 6:00pm

Natural History Museum

Event Location

Q?rius Theater, Ground Floor


Free, but registration is requested. To register: click here.


Humans have always settled near estuaries and coastal seas, and their activity has fundamentally changed the biology, geology, and hydrology of these coasts.  Innovations that shaped the economic development of the United States also fundamentally changed the distribution of sediments and nutrients, setting the stage for the response of present-day ecosystems to planet-wide changes such as sea level rise.  How are present options for managing coastal systems constrained by past practices? And how much do future options depend on the decisions we make today?

Learn more and discuss these questions with Patrick Megonigal, deputy director of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.

This program marks the debut of our new Anthropocene: Life in the Age of Humans series of discussions exploring human impact on the environment with scholars, artists, and others in an intimate conversational setting.

Related Exhibition

The Sant Ocean Hall and The David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins

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