Lecture on Cells and Climate

May 6, 2022 - 7:00 PM
Oregon Institute of Marine Biology
63466 Boat Basin Rd
Charleston, OR
Oregon Institute of Marine Biology


Lone polar bear in the Arctic.
Lone polar bear in the Arctic.\Photo courtesy of Unsplash.

The Oregon Institute of Marine Biology (OIMB) offers a free public lecture, “Watermelon Snow: Science and Stories,” on Friday, May 6, 7 p.m., in the Boathouse Auditorium.  The event is free and open to all.

The speaker (appearing remotely) is Lynne Quarmby, of British Columbia’s Simon Fraser University. She is a scientist, activist, and author. For two decades, her scientific research focused on the cell biology of cilia and cell division. Distracted from her science by political neglect of climate change, Dr. Quarmby’s climate activism escalated to lawsuits, arrests for civil disobedience, and a run for Member of Parliament in the 2015 Canadian federal election. Recovering from burnout and despair, she initiated a new research program to study the genomics and biogeography of the snow algae microbiome. Her book, “Watermelon Snow: Science, Art, and a Lone Polar Bear,” was recognized by the Association of College & Research Libraries as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2021.

Her description of the talk: “Driven by an awe of nature spanning the mysteries of life at the cellular level, the sublime Arctic landscape, and human perception, I serve as witness to our changing world. The talk is my story from cell biology and climate science through activism, burnout, and grief. I will end with my experience of finding peace and courage to continue the work and will welcome your thoughts on how we go forward from here.”

To reach the OIMB Boathouse Auditorium, park on Boat Basin Rd. near the campus and walk down the road past the Coast Guard housing.

For more information, contact Maya Watts, Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, (541) 346-7280, [email protected].