Greenwich Library Event: Oceans, Extinctions, and Climate Change: How They’re Related and Why They Matter

On Wednesday, May 1 at 7:00pm in the Cole Auditorium, Greenwich Library partners with the Yale Alumni Association of Greenwich to present Pincelli Hull, Assistant Professor of Geology and Geophysics at Yale University, to speak on ‘Oceans, Extinctions, and Climate Change: How They’re Related and Why They Matter.’

Admission to the event will be free.

This presentation is part of the ongoing annual Yale Speakers Series, sponsored as a public service by the Yale Alumni Association of Greenwich in cooperation with Yale University. This is the fourth year of this successful series, which has featured leading Yale faculty members from areas as diverse as art history, politics, urban planning, constitutional history, medical research, and water policy.

Professor Hull’s research focuses on the evolution and ecology of open ocean ecosystems and species, including the causes and consequences of mass extinctions and community responses to global climate change. Her talk will address the issues raised by climate change, the importance of understanding the dynamic nature of ocean ecosystems, and the effect of extinctions occurring in oceans during our time.

Pincelli Hull received her Ph.D. from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 2010 and joined the faculty at Yale in 2013 after postdoctoral research at Yale University and the University of Konstanz. She received B.S. degrees at Duke University in the earth and ocean sciences from the Nicholas School of the Environment and in biology with a concentration in marine biology.

Hull’s research focuses on the relationship between open ocean life and the environment during mass extinctions, abrupt climatic events, and changes in background climate state. Her published work covers topics that span from the late Cretaceous to the modern-day periods, and typically focus on the fossil record of plankton, particularly planktonic foraminifera. She has recently been awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship in Ocean Science for her work.

Doors of the Cole Auditorium will open at 6:30 p.m. Remarks will run from 7 to 8 p.m., followed by a Q&A and refreshments. Registration, using the Library’s online calendar, is suggested.

This event is co-sponsored by Yale Alumni Association of Greenwich (YAAG) and Greenwich Library. It is open to all at no charge, thanks to the contributions of YAAG members and the support of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees.

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 The Yale Alumni Association of Greenwich (YAAG) is the official Yale Alumni Association (YAA) club for Greenwich, Connecticut, which has one of the highest concentrations of Yale graduates in the world. Members are alumni/ae of Yale College and the University’s graduate and professional schools, University staff, spouses of deceased graduates, and parents of current students. The mission of YAAG is to promote fellowship among Yale alumni/ae, connect to and learn from Yale, present Yale to prospective students, support Yale scholars from Greenwich, and aid local service organizations on behalf of Yale. YAAG’s address is 15 East Putnam Avenue #337, Greenwich, CT, 06830.  More information is available online at  and, or by e-mailing [email protected].

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