Brock Earth Sciences prof to deliver TEDx talk Saturday 

Francine McCarthy is taking her passion for the Anthropocene to the next level as a speaker at a TEDx event this weekend.

The Brock Professor of Earth Sciences will deliver one of a dozen presentations at the TEDxManhattanBeach – Future Shaping conference taking place Saturday, Nov. 4 in Manhattan Beach, Calif.

Introduced as the “Scientist on the forefront of Earth’s New Epoch,” McCarthy will be sharing her work and vision arising from her Crawford Lake research. She and her team have gathered evidence from the Milton, Ont., lake that supports the creation of a proposed new epoch on the Earth’s geologic time scale called the Anthropocene.

“This venture has led McCarthy to explore the broader aspects of this topic, and to engage with artists and researchers in the social sciences and humanities as well as community members, including Indigenous leaders, in addition to her fellow natural and physical scientists,” says the TEDxManhattanBeach biography page.

The TEDx talk is one of a flurry of events at which McCarthy is sharing her Anthropocene research.

For instance, she, Brock colleague Professor of Earth Sciences Uwe Brand, and three Earth Sciences master’s students attended the Geological Society of America’s Annual Meeting last month. There, McCarthy delivered her talk, Why propose a GSSP for the Anthropocene in a freeze core from Crawford Lake, Canada? 

Other venues for past and upcoming presentations include the University of Toronto, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), Union College in Schenectady, New York, the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and a keynote talk at a McMaster University research symposium in December.

“I’ve always had very broad interests and a desire to reach a breadth of people through my teachings and interactions,” says McCarthy.

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