Camarillo, Calif., April 11, 2013 – CSU Channel Islands (CI) will hold the 9th Annual Poe Symposium, “Global Warming: Earth Has Been Here Before,” on Friday, April 19, from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Aliso Hall Auditorium on the CI campus. The event is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required at

The symposium brings together six earth science and geology experts for a fascinating series of presentations and discussions examining the history and future of climate change. The audience will learn about the most severe hothouse events in Earth’s past, how the present trend compares with past episodes, and what changes we should anticipate over the next several centuries, with history as our guide.

While the current global warming is driven by the burning of fossil fuels, Earth’s past has had warming events triggered by other processes that also released carbon dioxide and/or methane. Many were more severe than what is expected of the current trend. Among the uncertainties about the future of the current trend are its severity, effects on the ecosystem, and its duration. Study of the past hothouse events can provide valuable clues.

“We hope the public will join us for an informative look at the ongoing geologic research into global warming events in Earth’s history and how that research applies to our current situation,” said CI Lecturer in Geology Christopher Wheeler.

Limited parking is available on campus with the purchase of a $6 daily permit; follow signs to the parking permit dispensers. Once on campus, follow signs to the event. Free parking is also available at the Camarillo Metrolink Station/Lewis Road parking lot in Camarillo with bus service to and from the campus. Riders should board the CI Vista Bus to the campus; the cash-only fare is $1.25 each way. Buses arrive and depart from the Camarillo Metrolink Station every 30 minutes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. For exact times, check the schedule at

This event is sponsored by CI’s Biology Program and funded with the generous support of students through the Instructionally Related Activities fund. For more information and registration, visit or contact Catherine Hutchinson, Associate Senior Biology Technician, at 805-437-8403 or

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