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For Immediate Release:
May 31, 2001
Shawn Nakamoto, (808) 956-9095, University & Community Relations
|University Of Hawai'i At Manoa Professors Participate In
HONOLULU -- Three scientists-Stephen Martel, Fred Mackenzie and Geoffrey Garrison-from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa are taking part in "Earth Systems Processes," a global symposium in Edinburgh, Scotland.
The conference will be held June 24-June 28 and is an effort to join scientists from several different disciplines to explain the earth's processes and evolution. It will be co-convened by the Geological Societies of America and London.
Earth System Processes and Earth System Evolution will be the linked themes of the four-day conference. It will commence with two keynote addresses from eminent University of Edinburgh scientists: Aubrey Manning, Emeritus Professor of Natural History, renowned zoologist, and creator of the highly praised BBC documentary series 'Earth Story,' and Geoffrey Boulton, Regius Professor of Geology and earth scientist known for his holistic view of Earth processes and history.
Dr. Stephen Martel, Associate Professor in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at UH, will present his talk, "Growth of Normal Faults to the Surface in Basalt" at the conference. This presentation revolves around observations of the faults, fissures and scarps on Kilauea Volcano and how they developed. A comparison is drawn between depth-created and surface-created basalt formations.
Dr. Fred Mackenzie, Professor of Oceanography and Geology & Geophysics in the School of Ocean and Earth Science Technology (SOEST) at UH, will give a presentation on "Global Carbon, Nitrogen and Phosphorous Biogeochemical Cycles: Human Modifications, Feedbacks, and Climate Change." In his discussion, he will present model calculations on how those elements have affected the Earth's climate, water and soil thus far, and will project the effects into the year 2040.
Geoffrey Garrison, a graduate assistant in SOEST, will present his "Sea Level Change and Deforestation on the Ewa Plain of O'ahu During Polynesian Settlement: A Case for Coincidence." He will focus on the causes for the deforestation and change in climate on the Ewa Plain of O'ahu. Archaeologists usually attribute the deforestation of the Plain to the Polynesians' arrival between 1300 and 600 years ago. However, Garrison's 1997 study of saltwater pond sediment suggests that it was more accurately a result of a change in the sea level.