Mike Coffin is a professor and marine geophysicist at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) at the University of Tasmania, in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. Primarily an observational scientist, he has led or participated in 31 blue-water research voyages in the Pacific, Southern, Indian and Atlantic oceans.
His presentation will address the five mass extinctions of life that have occurred over the 4.5-billion-year history of the Earth, with causes including meteor collisions, massive volcanic eruptions and sudden climate fluctuations. He will compare and contrast the potential causes and consequences of these mass extinctions, and will also present the increasing evidence suggesting that humankind is driving Earth towards a sixth mass extinction to rival all others.
Art Meets Science Cafés are an educational outreach program of the MDI Biological Laboratory, open to the public and free of charge.
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