Curiosity on Stage- Celebrating Geodiversity: The Critical Foundation for Diverse Ecosystems on a Changing Planet

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Curiosity on Stage- Celebrating Geodiversity: The Critical Foundation for Diverse Ecosystems on a Changing Planet

Canada Science and Technology Museum
DateOct 6, 2022
Time6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; Program commences at 6 p.m.; Meet the Presenters at the post-event reception 8:30 – 9 p.m.)
A glacier flows through a mountain range of snow-capped mountains on Bylot Island, Northern Canada. A vivid, nearly cloudless blue sky is bright in the background.
Online OR In-person at the Museum (details below)
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; Program commences at 6 p.m.; Meet the Presenters at the post-event reception 8:30 – 9 p.m.)
Fee Description
Free event, registration required. Please note that for in-person guests, standard parking fees remain in effect.
Language Comments
This presentation will be in English, with simultaneous translation into French. If you are attending in person and require translation, please consider bringing your own internet compatible device (phone or tablet) and headphones.

October 6th, 2022 has been designated the first annual UNESCO International Geodiversity Day, as declared at the November 2021 UNESCO General Assembly. To commemorate this important occasion in Ottawa, Carleton University Earth Sciences in partnership with Curiosity on Stage, Canada Science and Technology Museum presents

"Celebrating Geodiversity; the critical foundation for diverse ecosystems on a changing planet."

What is Geodiversity?  Geodiversity refers to the abiotic or non-living parts of nature including rocks, sediments, minerals, fossils, soils, landscapes and water systems.  It has been called the “silent partner” of biodiversity, because biologically diverse ecosystems rely on a diversity of underlying geological materials from which to source nutrients and other services.  Humans too depend on a variety of geological materials to support our societies, from building materials to the resources we need to create clean energy technologies.

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Virtual (online via Zoom)

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In-person at the museum

Location:  Canada Science and Technology Museum, 1867 Saint Laurent Boulevard, Ottawa, ON K1G 5A3 

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5:30 p.m.: Doors open

6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.: Presentations and panel discussion

  • 6:00 p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks by Maria DeRosa (Dean of Science, Carleton University) and Christina Tessier (President and CEO, Ingenium)
  • 6:15 p.m. Keynote Speaker Presentation “Remarkable Earth and Ecosystem Changes in the Canadian Arctic Through Deep Time” by Dr. Claudia Schröder-Adams (Carleton University)
  • 7:15 p.m. Panel discussion and audience Q&A. Panelists with expertise in biodiversity, soils, local ecosystems, and our water and mineral resources will help us make connections between Canada’s remarkable and varied landscapes, ecosystems, and human societies.

8:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Following the event, there will be light refreshments and an opportunity to network and ask individual questions to our speakers.

Featured Talk: Remarkable Earth and Ecosystem Changes in the Canadian Arctic Through Deep Time

Dr. Claudia Schröder-Adams, Professor Emeritus, Department of Earth Sciences, Carleton University

A headshot of Claudia Schröder-Adams wearing a wide-brimmed hat, a backpack, and a blue sweater. In the background is a glacier and mountain range on Axel Heiberg Island, Northern Canada.

Earth Scientists look at geodiversity in three dimensions, the spatial diversity of landscapes and how those changed through geological time. Currently, the Canadian Arctic experiences dramatic changes through polar amplification. We will learn about these changes, but also travel back in time to look at an Arctic region that was vastly different than today. We contrast a much warmer Arctic that supported a lush ecosystem with a glaciated landscape that now is under threat. The Arctic with its vast and magnificent exposures gives us insights into ancient ecosystems through its well-exposed rock and fossil content. These provide clues about persistent and catastrophic events before humans evolved that profoundly changed the Arctic landscape and its inhabitants. The strong connection of geodiversity and biodiversity becomes paramount when deciphering how our planet has transformed and will continue to evolve. 

Dr. Claudia Schröder-Adams spent her research career on understanding how ecosystems and landscapes changed through geological time. She focusses on the Cretaceous Time Period (145 to 66 million years ago) where our planet was vastly different than today. The Cretaceous Greenhouse climate and its geological drivers had a profound influence on the polar flora and fauna making the Arctic a fascinating subject. Her speciality is micropaleontology, a field that addresses the smallest and fundamental organisms in the marine food chain. 

As a professor of Earth Sciences at Carleton University in Ottawa, from 1992 to 2020, Dr. Schröder-Adams travelled extensively with her students across Canada, to Canada’s Arctic, to Antarctica, France, Germany, and New Zealand to bring experiential learning to her students.

For Dr. Schröder-Adams, research is not only limited to the academic world. To make discoveries accessible to everyone, she produced a documentary called “Arctic Greenhouse”, premiered at the Canadian Museum of Nature, and made widely available in Nunavut.  She received the Mercator Fellowship from the German Research Foundation honouring her long-standing scientific collaboration with the University of Frankfurt in her home country.


  • Jan Peter, Research Scientist, Economic Geologist - Geological Survey Canada 
  • Tessa Di Iorio, Source Water Inspection- Risk Management Office, City of Ottawa, IAH-CNC Secretary 
  • Dr. Peter Dang, Entomologist - Biodiversity Conservancy Pinhey Sand Dunes 
  • Dr. Steven Cooke, Biologist, Canada Research Professor, Director Institute of Environmental and Interdisciplinary Science - Faculty of Science, Carleton University

Maturity comments: Please note that discussion topics are intended for mature audiences. Recommended for participants ages 15 and up.

Co-hosted by Curiosity on Stage (Canada Science and Technology Museum) and the Department of Earth Sciences (Carleton University):