Dr. Mary Lou Zeeman uses mathematics within cross-disciplinary research communities to help understand sustainability, climate change, and protecting the health of the planet. Zeeman is a co-director of the Mathematics and Climate Research Network, a member of the executive council of the Computational Sustainability Network, and a co-leader of the Mathematics of Planet Earth initiative. She is a professor of Mathematics at Bowdoin College.
2017 Festival – Math, Tipping Points, and Planet Earth
Whatever your talents, and whatever your passions, you can use them to help our planet. This is especially true if you enjoy math. In this talk, we’ll explore the mathematics of “tipping points” — dramatic moments when a system suddenly shifts from one state to another — and see how it can help us to understand the Earth’s past and make better decisions for its future.