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Philippe Tortell Antarctica
Ships, Satellites and Super-Computers: How We Understand the Southern Ocean Wednesday, December 1 at 11:00am PT / 2:00 PM ET  Register here
The Southern Ocean surrounding Antarctica hosts some of the most productive marine waters on Earth. In this presentation, UBC Professor Philippe Tortell will provide an overview of the physical, chemical and biological factors that shape these remarkable ecosystems, and discuss the methods that oceanographers are using to study these rapidly-evolving systems. The presentation will highlight the important role of Antarctic waters in controlling global climate, and provide context to help people understand and interpret the diversity of marine life that they might encounter in the Southern Ocean.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Philippe Tortell is a Professor of Oceanography at UBC, and Head of the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences. He has conducted oceanographic research expeditions around the world from the Arctic to the Antarctic, measuring marine biological productivity and the oceanic concentration of dissolved ‘climate-active’ gases, including carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide. 

Antarctica iceberg scenery
No one owns Antarctica – Why does that matter?
Wednesday, January 12 at 11:00am PT / 2:00 PM ET
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Antarctica is a continent of extraordinary politics. With no single sovereign state in charge, it is governed by the principles of the Antarctic Treaty signed by 12 countries in 1959 and later joined by another 42. Yet, seven of the original signatory states claim territory there and they treat their claims as part of their overall national territory, even though the Treaty does not recognize such claims nor deny them. Over six decades of international cooperation in the Antarctic has meant balancing issues of contested sovereignty, safeguarding security and environmental protection, and advancing scientific research in Antarctica for the benefit of all humankind. So what’s at stake to ensure this continues?

ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Anita Dey Nuttall is Polar Science and Policy Engagement Officer and is on the faculty of the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Alberta. Anita is a past chair and current member of the Canadian Committee for Antarctic Research. She teaches resource management and environmental policy and has interests in science policy issues, the history and contemporary nature of national Antarctic programs, geopolitics, and sovereignty in the circumpolar regions.

 Various Georgian food spread
Worldwide Quest and alumni UBC
Georgian Hospitality: Food, Wine, and History with Anne Gorsuch
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Japan webinar Paula Swart alumni UBC Worldwide Quest
 Worldwide Quest and alumni UBC
Inside Japan: Tradition & Modernity with Paula Swart
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 Day of the Dead Melanie Blake Classical Pursuits
Classical Pursuits | Worldwide Quest

Celebrate the Day of the Dead with Melanie Blake
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Palm Springs Sarah Bancroft
Worldwide Quest and alumni UBC
What to Expect at Palm Springs' Modernism Week with Sarah Bancroft
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 Lisa Pasold cafe Paris webinar
Classical Pursuits | Worldwide Quest
The Painters’ Café, 1870: A virtual walk with the Impressionists in Paris with Lisa Pasold
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Quest Nature Tours Social
Quest Nature Tours

The 33rd Annual Quest Nature Tours Virtual Social
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Presentation topics:
Turtle Tales from the Shores of Costa Rica with Andrés Jiménez
Life in Madagascar with Kyle Horner
Walking with Kings & Elephants: A Polar Safari in South Georgia with Catherine Jardine
Conversation with Classicist Shadi Bartsch-Zimmer
Classical Pursuits | Worldwide Quest
Conversation with Classicist Shadi Bartsch-Zimmer 
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 The Literature of Newfoundland Wendy O'Brien
The Literature of Newfoundland
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Novelist Frances Itani in Conversation with Wendy O'Brien
Classical Pursuits | Worldwide Quest
Novelist Frances Itani in Conversation with Wendy O'Brien
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Frida Kahlo Classical Pursuits
Classical Pursuits | Worldwide Quest 
The Matter of Beauty
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