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Insights into the Natural History of Polar Bears and Significance of Climate Change
Start Date: 4/17/2013Start Time: 6:30 PM
End Date: 4/17/2013End Time: 6:45 PM
Event Description
In the short space of 150,000 years, the polar bear has evolved from a grizzly bear into the most specialized predator of the arctic sea ice.Through behavioral, morphological, and physiological  changes, the polar bear has become totally adapted to living comfortably in one of the harshest environments on the planet. Yet, the very survival of this unique mammal is now threatened by global climate warming. 
Dr. Ian Stirling, the best known polar bear scientist in the world, in his lecture will explain how polar bears evolved, how researchers study them, aspects of their behavior, how they prey and live on various marine mammals for their very survival, how the seals and bears have evolved in response to each other, and how, specifically, they have come to be threatened by climate warming. Stirling's concern is that, "Climate warming is causing significant negative effects of the loss of the ice polar bears, and on the seals they depend on. These effects have been documented in the Western Hudson Bay and the Southern Beauford Sea in Canada. Some effects are also being documented in the Svalbard and similar observations will likely follow in other populations. Stirling's presentation includes startling facts along with stunning Arctic photos. 

This free event will be held at the University of Colorado Visual Arts Complex, Room 1B20.
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Keynote presented by Ian Stirling, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta
Contact Information:
Name: University of Colorado Museum of Natural History
Phone: 303-492-6892
Email: cumuseum@colorado.edu
Dr. Ian Stirling with Polar bear cub
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  • Ticket information:
    Free

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