Michael Evans, a University of Maryland geology associate professor and member of the Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC), will join the Scientific Steering Committee for the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) Past Global Changes (PAGES) project. As a committee member for a 2016-18 term, Evans will help oversee PAGES, develop and promote its scientific agenda, and serve as a representative of the project.
PAGES, which was founded in 1991 and has more than 5,500 scientist subscribers from more than 125 countries, supports research on the history of the Earth in order to promote better environmental and climate predictions. It is slated to become part of the new sustainability science program Future Earth as IGBP closes at the end of the year. Evans, an ESSIC associate professor since 2008, studies paleoclimatology of the late Holocene Epoch – the latest span of geologic time – including tropical processes, hydrometeorological variations and global climate change.