James Lowery, retired university administrator and self-described “amateur scientist,” makes a return visit Thursday to the Coosa Valley Sierra Club.
Lowery’s discussion, “Antarctica: Personal Encounters with the White Continent,” takes place at 6:30 p.m. in the Joe M. Ford Center on the George Wallace Drive campus of Gadsden State Community College.
The presentation combines the sights and scientific information from four trips the presenter took to Antarctica, the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and South America in January 2006, in December 2009, in December 2010 and again in 2012, that time for a month on an icebreaker. It presents the trips from the standpoint of a “tourist traveler,” but also incorporates some of the science of the region and its wildlife — sea birds, penguins, whales, seals, etc. Views of the land, ice, icebergs, glaciers, animals, research stations, etc., are combined with information about each stop on the trips.
Lowery is retired from an administrative position at UAB.
He is involved in environmental education and is a member of seven environmental and science-related boards of directors, including the Alabama Rivers Alliance, as well as the board of directors of an historical railroad organization. He serves as an officer on four of the boards.
He gives presentations concerning constructed wetlands for wastewater treatment; creeks and streams he has walked; the Historic Birmingham Mineral Railroad; the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles; Antarctica; and the Netherlands. He conducts guided tours of the Wetumpka Impact Crater (Astrobleme).
He enjoys paddling whitewater rivers as a member of the Birmingham Canoe…
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