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U. alumnus to discuss climate change study

A University of Utah alumnus will discuss his research on climate change during a lecture next week.
A University of Utah alumnus will discuss his research on climate change during a lecture next week.
Jordan Allred, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — A University of Utah alumnus will discuss his research on climate change during a lecture next week.

Zac Bowland is planning to travel across eight countries in hopes of developing a new technique for diving in extreme environments and collecting essential data on climate change.

Bowland, also a deep-sea diver, will discuss his endeavors at a visiting alumnus lecture at the Marta Sutton Weeks Lecture Hall, 295 FASB, on Thursday, Feb. 12, at 12:15 p.m.

Before enrolling at the U., Bowland served in the U.S. Navy as a helicopter test-flight crew chief and airborne mechanic.

Bowland, with the Vanguard Diving & Exploration and Steep N' Deep Project, aims to study causes and effects of glacial lake outburst flooding in different places to determine neighboring regions' risk levels.

The team will spend four years in eight countries, four seas, three mountain ranges, two oceans and one active volcano. Bowland also hopes his work will educate the public on science and the importance of taking action.

"We want to emphasize that the team is a collection of private citizens taking responsibility for the welfare of our ecosystem. Modern society's disconnection from the natural world has led many to forget that our well-being depends on the planet's well-being," Bowland said.