Into the Northwest Passage

Into the Northwest Passage

Into the Northwest Passage
Monday 26 April 2021, 7.00pm to 8.00pm BST
Past event
Past event
Monday 26 April 2021, 7.00pm to 8.00pm BST
  • Greenland - into the Northwest Passage
    Image by C Michelle Valberg
Four billion years of Earth history
Open to: 
Alumni and guests

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Join Dr Owen Weller (Pembroke 2006), University of Cambridge and Professor Marc St-Onge, Geological Survey of Canada and University of Oxford, as they introduce the Canadian and Greenlandic High Arctic, where they will be accompanying an alumni tour later next year.

The Arctic is home to not only spectacular wildlife, vibrant cultures and breathtaking landscapes, but it also preserves a stunning geological archive that bears witness to the evolution of our planet over the past 4 billion years. Owen and Marc have both spent multiple field seasons conducting research in the High Arctic, and they will give an overview of the geography and geology of the region, and highlight how this complex history can be appreciated while navigating the Northwest Passage.  Owen will provide an introduction to the concept of deep geological time and Marc will detail how the Canadian Government is partnering with Inuit communities in designing and conducting research in this unique part of the world. He will also showcase some of the fauna, flora, history and archaeology that can be seen when transiting the passage.


7.00pm - Welcome from Claire Baxter, Cambridge Alumni Engagement team and Matthew-James Swan, Adventure Canada

7.10pm - Talk from Dr Owen Weller and Professor Marc St-Onge

7.40pm - Q&A with Owen and Marc, facilitated by Matthew-James Swan

8.00pm - Finish

Please note, this event will be recorded.

This talk is part of the Cambridge University Alumni Travel programme, and is organised by Adventure Canada who will be arranging the Alumni tour to the High Arctic accompanied by Owen and Marc.