Climate Change & Human Evolution Topic of Bloomer Lecture | St. Lawrence University

Climate Change & Human Evolution Topic of Bloomer Lecture

St. Lawrence University’s Department of Geology will host Columbia University’s Earth Institute Professor and fellow Laurentian Peter deMenocal ’82 as the guest speaker for the 10th-annual Bloomer Lecture of the Geology Alumni Conference. The lecture will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12, in the Bloomer Auditorium, Brown Hall, room 122. The event is free and open to the public.

DeMenocal is the dean of science for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Columbia. His research focuses mainly on climate and life systems and how to understand its impacts on life’s essentials, human evolution and culture. DeMenocal is the founding director of the Center for Climate and Life, a marine geologist and paleoclimate scientist at Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. In addition to being named a fellow with the American Geophysical Union (2013), an AGU Emiliani awardee (2014), recipient of the Lenfest Columbia Distinguished Faculty award (2008), and the Distinguished Brooksian award (2013), deMenocal was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from St. Lawrence University in 2009.

DeMenocal will speak about African paleoclimate contexts of human evolution and dispersal. His lecture will feature the proposal of how past changes in climate may have shaped human evolution, behavior and migration. Along with presenting new paleoclimate archives from fossil localities, African lakes, ocean sediment and new analytical methods that have transformed our understandings and created a clearer picture of human evolution.

The Bloomer Lecture was created by the support of a group of St. Lawrence alumni, who were led into the complexities of the geological sciences by the teachings of “Doc Bloomer.” The lecture is intended to bring to St. Lawrence experts who, by their teaching and research careers, have demonstrated the qualities of excellence that one may strive for in the discipline. Occurring every third year since 1995, the Bloomer Lecture has been held in conjunction with the St. Lawrence University Geology Alumni Conference.

For more information, contact the Department of Geology at 315-229-5851 or visit