Inaugural Mountain Studies Lecture Series
Join us for a public lecture titled: "Reaching New Heights: Highlights from the Most Comprehensive Science Expedition to Mt. Everest in History"
When: Wednesday, March 25, 2020
What time: 6 p.m.
Dr. Baker Perry; professor of Geography; Appalachian State University
Aurora Elmore; senior program manager for Life at the Extremes Initiative; National Geographic Society
Alex Tait; the geographer; National Geographic Society
Parking for events at the Schaefer Center is free after 5 p.m. in the following locations:
- Raley Parking Lot (off of Rivers Street)
- Rosen Concert Hall
- Rivers Street Parking Deck
- Rivers Street bike lanes
- Kidd Brewer Stadium Lot (located behind the auditorium--turn on Stadium Drive to access this lot.)
Campus map: maps.appstate.edu
Details: This event is free, open to the public and no tickets are required.
Hosted by: The College of Arts and Sciences at Appalachian State University
Image Caption: At 8,430 meters above sea level, the high-altitude expedition team celebrates after setting up the world's highest operating automated weather station during National Geographic and Rolex's 2019 Perpetual Planet Extreme Expedition to Mt. Everest. Learn more at www.natgeo.com/everest. Photo by Mark Fisher, National Geographic.
About the Speakers
Dr. Baker Perry
Professor of Geography
Department of Geography and Planning
Appalachian State University
Baker Perry is a professor in the Department of Geography and Planning at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. He holds a Ph.D. in Geography with a focus on climatology from the University of North Carolina and his research interests include alpine precipitation formation, snow and ice, and precipitation-glacier-climate interactions. Perry teaches courses on climate change, atmospheric circulation, snow and ice, mountain geography and tropical glacier-climate interactions. He has led or co-led 21 research expeditions in the tropical Andes and – along with local collaborators – has installed and maintained 11 meteorological stations above an elevation of 5,000 meters.
Senior Program Manager for Life at the Extremes Initiative
National Geographic Society
Aurora Elmore is a climate change expert who oversees science, research, and strategy for the National Geographic Society’s Everest Expedition and its broader Life at the Extremes impact initiative. She received her bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. degrees in geology with a focus on oceanic chemistry and deep-sea circulation; she then worked as a researcher at several American and British universities before moving to National Geographic. Elmore has published numerous scientific research papers on the climate and marine chemistry of the North Atlantic, Southern Ocean, and Caribbean. Her expertise has been featured on the National Geographic Channel, and on National Geographic stages in Washington, D.C., and in London, England.
National Geographic Society
Alexander Tait holds the position of The Geographer at the National Geographic Society where he leads geographic information system and locational data collection mapping initiatives and resources for National Geographic Labs. He provides cartography mapping and geography expertise for the Science and Exploration, Education and Explorers programs at the Society. Tait has extensive experience in mapping techniques integrating field survey, satellite imagery, and other data sources for projects around the world. Prior to National Geographic, he worked for 25 years in private enterprise as lead cartographer and technical consultant on projects for government and private industry clients, including the U.S. National Park Service, U.S. Census Bureau, Defenders of Wildlife and many others. Tait has also worked as a cartographer at the Washington Post and a lecturer in geography at the University of Maryland. He holds a master’s degree in geography from the University of Wisconsin.