Jan. 23, 2020

NDSU Science Café to explore human impact on the world’s surface


NDSU’s next Science Café will examine how humans have changed the surface of the Earth.

Stephanie Day, NDSU associate professor of geology and geography, is scheduled to present “How We Shape the Earth,” Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. at Stoker’s Basement, Hotel Donaldson, located at 101 N. Broadway in Fargo.

According to Day, humans appeared in the fossil record about 200,000 years ago, began migrating out of Africa 60,000 years ago and reached the tip of South America about 1,000 years ago.

“This presentation will discuss the many ways we have changed the Earth’s surface over the past several thousand years, and how those changes continue to reshape the Earth today,” Day said, noting the human actiions have come both intentionally and inadvertently.

Day joined the NDSU faculty in 2012. She earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and her doctorate in geology from the University of Minnesota.

Science Café is sponsored by the NDSU College of Science and Mathematics. The series is designed as an opportunity for the community to hear local scientists discuss interesting science topics in a casual setting.

The event is free and open to the public. Attendees must be 21 or older or accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information, contact Diane Goede at diane.goede@ndsu.edu or 701-231-7411.

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