Middle School Institutes


December 3, 2017

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James Witts

Secrets from the Ocean: How Ancient Fossils Help Us Understand Climate Change

With researcher James Witts

What can long-extinct sea animals tell us about the world today? Meet researcher James Witts to learn about ammonites, a group of ancient mollusks that inhabited the oceans for more than 300 million years before dying out in the great mass extinction 65 million years ago. Why did the ammonites die out while other closely related animals survived? By analyzing the chemistry of their shells, scientists can figure out how these cephalopods lived and how marine environments changed across the globe. This research helps us understand what threatens marine life during the current human-driven mass extinction, and guides us to think about what we can do to prepare for change.

Date: Sunday, December 3, 2017
Time: 2:00-4:00 pm
Location: The American Museum of Natural History
Entry: TBD—Will be included in your reminder email prior to the event
*Free event & refreshments*

Please register by November 27th to ensure a spot: bit.ly/SciChatDec3

SciChats are free hangouts open to 10–13 year-olds accompanied by a guardian. This is a chance to socialize, eat, and hangout with scientists and other curious kids. 

Students who are 14 years or older should RSVP for our Teen SciCafe events at: amnh.org/TeenSciCafe

Questions? Please email institutes@amnh.org

Support for middle school programs is provided by Con Edison.