My longtime mentor, teacher and friend Professor Craig Thompson, from Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs, WY is taking a sabbatical year to research and understand how Global Climate Change is affecting both flora and fauna of Glaciers in the United States (most specifically Wyoming) and Switzerland.
I share here with you what he defines as the science of the intended research:
Our planet is a dynamic system. The earth’s geology, chemistry and biology are in constant change.The interactions between these components prescribe the evolutionary boundaries of living systems. In fact, active geo-chemical processes directly influence plant production and the dependent insect community. Research and observation of patterns in the natural world illustrate past events. Often, these patterns can be used to predict future responses to changes in boundary conditions.
Science is, at its heart, a quest for knowledge and understanding of the world around us - in our case an understanding of the alpine boundary conditions.
The purpose of our year long sabbatical is to conduct research in the Swiss Alps to predict impacts of alpine glacier recession on stream macroinvetebrates. In this alpine region, receding glaciers reveal terrain that has not been exposed to the atmosphere for centuries and perhaps longer. Geologic processes expose new rock surfaces, and glacial melt-water dissolves nutrients to supply stream systems with the foundation chemicals for building ecosystems.
I invite you to share this with interested friends, colleagues and peers to likely understand more about our Global Climate Change and how it is affecting us as a whole in a planetary level.