Event: Free Public Lecture on Polar Bears and Climate Change (Jan. 21)

January 18, 2011

UPDATE: This event will now take place on Friday, Jan. 21, at 2:30 p.m. instead of Thursday, because of the weather.

Will global climate change threaten the survival of polar bears?

Dr. Eric Regehr -- a wildlife biologist working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Alaska -- will discuss his research on polar bears during a free public lecture at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 20, at Bellarmine University. [NOTE: changed to Friday at 2:30 p.m.]

Dr. Eric Regehr gently collects a polar bear cub for study. (photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
Regehr is working to document changes in polar bear health and behavior over time to determine how climate change is affecting the survival and abundance of polar bears in the Arctic.

At Bellarmine, Regehr will speak in Hilary's, on the first floor of Horrigan Hall. Visitors without Bellarmine parking passes are asked to park in the freshman parking area near the tennis courts; passenger drop-off is available in Franciscan Circle (see campus map).

His lecture was organized by several Bellarmine organizations, including the Center for Regional Environmental Studies.

On Friday at noon, Regehr will visit the Louisville Zoo to meet with staff and discuss the Zoo's Glacier Run exhibit, scheduled to open in April.

Regehr has a Ph.D. in zoology and physiology, and has worked in Alaska since 2002 as a wildlife biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Geological Survey.

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