Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Santa Monica College (SMC) alumnus Dr. Jeremy Pal will give a free talk on “Climate Change: Its Impact on Water Resources & Agriculture” Tuesday, September 30th.

The lecture will be at 11:15 a.m. in Science Lecture Hall 145 on SMC’s main campus, 1900 Pico Blvd.

Pal’s talk will kick off SMC’s fall “Distinguished Scientists Lecture Series,” which covers topics designed for lay audiences.

Pal, a contributing researcher on a global warming study that earned a Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, says that it was a class he took in human ecology at SMC in the early 1990s that set him on an academic and scientific career that has won worldwide acclaim.

Pal, an assistant professor of civil engineering and environmental science at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in Westchester, was one of the contributing authors on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, an international collaboration of scientists that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former Vice President Al Gore.

After receiving an associate degree at SMC in 1991, Pal earned a bachelor’s degree with honors at LMU and completed master’s and doctorate degrees at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in civil and environmental engineering.

At LMU, he teaches classes in water resources, hydrology, computer modeling, engineering analysis and surveying.

His research interests are in hydro-climatology, water resources, agriculture, flood and drought, sustainable development, climate prediction and change and variability.

Prior to joining the LMU faculty in 2001, Pal worked for the International Centre for Theoretical Physics, an agency that operates under two United Nations agencies in Trieste, with the mission to foster the growth of research in developing nations.

Other talks in the series, held in the Science Lecture Hall 145, are:

— November 11th: “Got Scrotum? Ask the Platypus,” by Dr. Ted Hsu, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Stanford University, who will discuss recent developments and research findings in reproductive biology.

— November 13th: “Tales from the Deep: 30 Years of Adventures in Ocean Filmmaking,” by Mike deGruy, an award-winning filmmaker who will talk about his work as a specialist in under- and on-water photography, with a focus on natural history and underwater programming.

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