A Changing Biosphere and the Future of Planet Earth
Since its creation 4.5 billion years ago, Earth has experienced constant change. Whereas geologic change usually requires tens of thousands—if not hundreds of thousands or millions—of years, human civilization has made and continues to make profound changes to the planet in a much shorter time. These changes have altered the chemistry and physical state of the atmosphere and oceans at rates that have not previously occurred in geologic history, except possibly during a few cataclysmic events. This talk will discuss the human factor in geologic change, its effect on the biosphere, and the importance of sustainability in all future natural resource extraction.
G. Warfield “Skip” Hobbs is Managing Partner of Ammonite Resources Company, an international petroleum geotechnical and business consulting firm located in New Canaan, Connecticut. Hobbs was 2011 President of the American Geological Institute, a nonprofit federation of 47 geoscientific and professional associations that was founded in 1948 and represents more than 120,000 geologists, geophysicists and other earth scientists. He has also served as President of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Division of Professional Affairs, President of the Eastern Section of AAPG, and is a trustee of the New Canaan Nature Center. Hobbs is a graduate of Yale University Department of Geology & Geophysics.