Looking Back to the Future

Looking Back to the Future: Using Paleoclimate Data to Understand Antarctica's Ice Sheets

March 2015

Archived Webinar


This course will examine how geological records of past polar climate can inform our understaning of what may happen to ice sheets in the future. Dr. Cliff Atkins will describe how geologists interpret paleoclimate from drill cores and rocky outcrops offering tips on how to effectively communicate complex science in a simple way to engage and inspire a wide range of students. He will use examples from various Antarctic research experiences, including the Cape Roberts and ANDRILL projects that he worked on with Betty Trummel.

Betty will discuss her teaching techniques that challenge students' perception of scientists and describe key teaching strategies and resources including hands-on classroom activities and ANDRILL Flexhibit tools that engage students and provide a positive learning experience.


Cliff with sledge

Researcher: Cliff Atkins, Geologist, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Dr. Cliff Atkins is a geologist and Senior Lecturer (equivalent to Associate Professor in North America). His research interest focuses on sediments and landforms in Antarctica with the aim of reconstructing past climates. Cliff has extensive Antarctic experience having participated in eleven science expeditions to Antarctica, including the international drilling projects (Cape Roberts Project and ANDRILL project). Read More

Optimized-Betty at Barne Glacier

Educator: Betty Trummel, classroom teacher & Northern Illinois University

Betty Trummel is a veteran educator with thirty-five years of elementary classroom teaching experience. She also taught "Science Methods for Elementary Teachers" at Northern Illinois University for ten years. Read More