Science Lecture Series:  Exploring Antarctica

Dr. Robin Bell, Research Professor, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, in Antarctica

Margie Turrin,Coordinator,
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Dr. Nate Smith, Howard University

Dr. Daniel Ksepka examining a giant fossil penguin

Held in conjunction with the exhibiton
Antarctica: Photographs by Diane Tuft

Selections from Gondwana: Images of an Ancient Land
October 28, 2014 – February 1, 2015

These lectures are supported in part by the Bruce Museum and the Marjorie Sims Lawrence Fund. Lectures are free to Bruce Museum members and students and for non-members $15.

Reservations are required for each program. Contact 203-413-6757 or


October 28, 7:00 pm
Refreshments at 6:30 pm
Science Lecture: A New Exploration Era of our Changing Poles
Robin Bell, Research Professor, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory 

A century ago the goal of polar exploration on our planet was planting flags. Now we are in a new era of exploration of building knowledge .Less known than the surface of the moon and Mars, the ploar ice sheets cover hidden mountains, lakes and active volcanos.  

Live Streamed Event:


Tuesday, November 18, 7:00 pm
Refreshments at 6:30 pm

Science Lecture. West Meets East in a Unique Antarctic Voyage
Margie Turrin, Coordinator, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory 

Margie Turrin discusses her experience in late fall 2013, when a small group from Columbia's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory traveled to the Antarctica Peninsula with The Antarctic Forum, an interdisciplinary group of Chinese leaders and elites.  See how the magic of Antarctica served as a backdrop for conversations on entering a new era for Antarctica, with China and the world moving towards environmental conservation, harmonious social development, and societal responsibility. 

Tuesday, December 9, 7:00 pm
Refreshments at 6:30 pm

Science Lecture. Dinosaurs on Ice: Fossil Hunting in the Jurassic of Antarctica.
Dr. Nathan Smith, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at Howard University and a Research Associate at the Field Museum of Natural History. 
Dr. Smith presents fascinating discoveries from his National Science Foundation-funded fieldwork and research in the central Transantarctic Mountains.

Sunday, January 11, 3:00 – 4:15 pm - Live Stream Event

Bruce Museum curator of science and penguin expert Daniel Ksepka moderates the panel including photographer Diane Tuft, artist Elise Engler, Yale Peabody Museum invertebrate researcher Eric Lazo-Wasem, Stony Brook University assistant professor Heather Lynch, and state ornithologist and UConn associate professor Margaret Rubega. 

Artists, research scientists, and explorers venture to Antarctica on expeditions of discovery that challenge their personal limits and help us understand how this remote, frozen continent impacts us all. Hear their stories and be prepared for a lively discussion.


Tuesday, January 20, 7:00 pm - Live Stream Event

Dr. Ksepka presents an overview of the remarkable 60-million-year evolutionary history of “our fine flippered friends,” the penguins, in celebration of Penguin Awareness Day.