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April 16, 2020

Media Advisory: Biosphere 2 Hosting Virtual EarthFest to Celebrate 50 Years of Earth Day

  • What: Biosphere 2 Virtual EarthFest 2020
  • When: Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Virtual locationVisit Biosphere 2 on Facebook for event information and to register for panel discussions.

TUCSON, Ariz. — The University of Arizona's Biosphere 2 will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day by hosting a virtual EarthFest.

The online event will include panels with Biosphere 2 researchers and former biospherians Jane Poynter and Taber MacCallum, a 5K virtual walk of the historic Biosphere 2 property, and presentations by students with the Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Foundation, or SARSEF.

"Earth Day celebrates and recognizes the fragility of our environment. Commemorating the 50th anniversary is one of many ways the University of Arizona Biosphere 2 is sharing critical research in the areas of food, water, energy and health," said Joaquin Ruiz, director of Biosphere 2 and UArizona vice president for global environmental futures.

Schedule of events:

  • 10 a.m. – Biosphere 2 introductory videos and virtual exploration of Biosphere 2's historic property during a remote EarthRun
  • 11 a.m. – Panel discussion with Biosphere 2 Water Atmosphere and Life Dynamics experiment co-leads Laura Meredith, director of the Biosphere 2 rain forest, and the University of Freiburg's Christiane Werner
  • 12 p.m. – Panel discussion with biospherians Jane Poynter and Taber MacCallum on living inside Biosphere 2
  • 1 p.m. – Panel discussion on the coral reef lab at Biosphere 2 with Director of Marine Research Diane Thompson and Manager of Marine Systems and Education Initiatives Katie Morgan
  • 2 p.m. – SARSEF student project presentations
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Media contacts:
John Adams
Biosphere 2

Mikayla Mace
University Communications

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