The Baltic Sea is significant for the economies and industries of many European nations.
Unfortunately, the Baltic is currently experiencing severe bottom water anoxia and high nutrient and
heavy metal loads related to human activity. The Baltic has been experiencing human-induced
change since medieval times and has a complex natural history resulting from deglaciation and
subsequent uplift. International Ocean Drilling Expedition 347 cored the Baltic basin in the Fall of
2013 with the goal of generating a comprehensive basin-wide Baltic climate history for the Holocene
as well as to document medieval and industrial-age human impacts to the Basin. Diatoms are a
diverse group of single-celled algae which create siliceous cell walls. Diatoms respond quickly to
environmental change, and their cell walls are readily preserved in sediments. Diatoms from two
cores taken during IODP Expedition 347 have been analyzed in order to understand the history of
the Ångermanälven Estuary in the northern Baltic Sea. The influence of natural and human impacts
to the Baltic will be discussed.
See our speaker's abstract for more information.
Our meetings start at 6:00 pm with a social hour, dinner is served at
7:00 pm and the presentation begins at 8:00 pm. Dinner will cost
$30.00/person, dinner for students is $10.00; checks preferred.
For this month's meeting, reservations should be emailed to
firstname.lastname@example.org, please title as "PGS
Dinner Reservation", by noon, Monday, September 14th. Meeting will be held at the Foster’s Restaurant, Foster Plaza Building 10, 680 Andersen Dr, Greentree.
See map for our meeting place. Suggested attire is business
casual. Students and guests are welcome, you need not be a member
to attend our meetings and its okay to just drop by for the speaker
presentation at 8 pm.
From Pittsburgh: Parkway West to Green
Tree-Crafton Exit. Bear left at exit and left again onto Mansfield Avenue
West. Follow Mansfield West to the 2nd traffic light. Turn right onto
Holiday Drive and proceed up the hill to Foster Plaza Building 10.
From Airport and I 79: Parkway West towards Pittsburgh, exit at Green
Tree-Mt. Lebanon Exit. Turn left onto Greentree Road, make left at 1st
traffic light onto Mansfield Avenue West. Follow Mansfield West to the 2nd
traffic light. Turn right onto Holiday Drive and proceed up the hill to
Foster Plaza Building 10.
Or go to
for a map.