Public Lecture | Atlantic Ocean – Currents and Climate Influences from the West | Beacon Professor Clive Finlayson

7th February 2022, 18:00-19:30
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Date: Monday 7th February 2022
Time: 18:00 – 19:30
Location: Conference Hall, Europa Point Campus

We invite you to join us for the first in a public lecture series titled ‘Gibraltar – Paradise Between Oceans, Ice Sheets and Deserts’, delivered by Beacon Professor Clive Finlayson.

The first of this four-part lecture series examines the influence of the Atlantic Ocean on Gibraltar. From an ancient story of the Mediterranean drying up and its subsequent re-filling at Gibraltar, the lecture will focus on the period that will be covered in the series. This is the Late Pleistocene and the early Holocene: it includes the last glacial cycle (125,000-10,000 years ago) and the early part of the Holocene global warming (10,000-3,000 years ago). The argument will be put forward, and supported by evidence from Gibraltar and other parts of the Iberian Peninsula, that the influence of the Atlantic was critical in buffering the region from the severity of the last ice age. Bizarre combinations of plant and animal species, nowhere to be found today, reveal the extent of the glacial upheaval that took place across Europe. Ultimately, many species that survived did so in glacial refugia in the south-west of the Iberian Peninsula. They included human populations that subsequently, with climate warming, re-colonised the rest of Europe.

About the speaker

Clive Finlayson is Beacon Professor at the University of Gibraltar and Director of the Gibraltar National Museum and of the Gorham’s Cave Complex UNESCO World Heritage Site. He is also Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto (Canada) and Visiting Professor at Liverpool John Moores University (UK), as well as an Elected Member of the European Academy. Clive describes himself as a naturalist with an interest in a diverse range of subjects, from archaeology to ecology, that have contributed to his world view. His specialist subjects include avian evolutionary ecology and human origins, and he has published widely within both peer-reviewed articles and books.

Important COVID-19 information 

The health and wellbeing of all those attending is our foremost priority. In order to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission, the University of Gibraltar follows the guidance of Public Health Gibraltar for all events. As a result, ticket holders for this event need to be either fully vaccinated with two doses or have had a negative COVID test within the previous 24 hours in order to attend the event. Read full advice here. Please do not attend if you have any COVID symptoms, however mild. In order to enhance ventilation, doors/windows will remain open if conditions allow, so please bear this in mind for your clothing choices. Please also be mindful of the need to try to maintain social distance as far as reasonably possible. We look forward to welcoming you to the University of Gibraltar.

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