Waikato academic speaks at TEDxScottBase

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University of Waikato Professor Craig Cary is one of 10 influential people who spoke at TEDxScottBase in January.

Professor Cary is a microbial ecologist from the University’s School of Science. He researches bacteria that live in extreme environments, including deep sea thermal vents and the soils of Antarctica.

TEDxScottBase, held at Scott Base, Antarctica, is being held in conjunction with the 60th Anniversary of New Zealand having an official presence in Antarctica and aims to celebrate science and highlight climate change.

Professor Cary says the talk was a great opportunity to showcase more than 40 years of Antarctic research that has been conducted by the University of Waikato.

“Our recent work in understanding how the terrestrial Antarctic ecosystem will respond to change will be the primary focus of my talk,” he says.

The other nine speakers were American astronaut Dr Dan Barry, journalist, adventurer and advocate for the environment Ashlan Cousteau, photographer Jane Ussher, singer Gin Wigmore, filmmaker Anthony Powell, Professor Gary Wilson who has led more than 20 expeditions to the Antarctic and Subantarctic Islands, Otago University’s Dr Christina Hulbe, and business leaders Jeremy Moon and Claudia Batten.

Antarctica New Zealand chief executive Peters Beggs says TEDxScottBase will play a crucial role in raising awareness about climate change and other issues across the world.

“What happens in Antarctica will significantly impact the entire planet and we are delighted this line-up has so much expertise and appeal. Whether you’re interested in space, music, oceans, film, sustainability, photography, history, exploration or business, TEDxScottBase has something to offer.”

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