Five Stanford Woods Institute researchers will take part in the world's largest general scientific conference, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting, Feb. 13-17 in Chicago. They will provide scientific updates on topics ranging from feeding 9 billion people and drastically reducing greenhouse gas emissions to oil’s effect on tuna hearts and climate change research challenges.

The AAAS meeting is expected to draw as many as 8,500 attendees from 60 countries. This year’s conference theme, “The Beauty and the Benefits of Science,” focuses on research that illuminates fundamental truths about the natural world, yet may also point to practical applications. Stanford Woods Institute Senior Fellows Barbara BlockPaul Ehrlich, Chris Field and Mark Jacobson, as well as Woods-affiliated professor of management science and engineering John Weyant, will discuss their work on sustainable solutions to pressing environmental challenges.

Barbara Block, the Charles and Elizabeth Prothro Professor in Marine Sciences at Stanford, will discuss findings of research she led on a study titled “Crude Oil Impairs Cardiac Excitation-Contraction Coupling in Fish” at a press breifing at 11 a.m. on Feb. 13. The study, part of the ongoing Natural Resource Damage Assessment of the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, will be published in the Feb. 14 issue of Science.

Paul Ehrlich, the Bing Professor of Population Studies at Stanford, will discuss “Feeding 9 Billion and Avoiding a Collapse of Civilization: Science's Main Challenge,” as part of a symposium called “Feeding a Growing Population While Sustaining the Earth,” 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 16.

Chris Field, the Joan Lane Professor for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies at Stanford, will talk about “Research Challenges in Managed and Natural Ecosystem Responses to Climate Change,” as part of a symposium called “Research Challenges in Climate Change: What’s New and Where Are We Going?,” 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 14.

Mark Jacobson, professor of civil and environmental engineering and senior fellow at the Precourt Institute for Energy, will discuss “We Can Run the World's Energy on Wind Power,” as part of a symposium titled “Is It Possible to Reduce 80% of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Energy by 2050?,” 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 15.

John Weyant, professor of management science and engineering, Director of the Energy Modeling Forum and Deputy Director of the Precourt Institute for Energy Efficiency, will discuss “Lessons from the Use of Energy and Environmental Policy Models,” as part of a symposium titled “New Modeling Approaches to Inform Climate Change Understanding and Decision-Making,” 9:45 to 11:15 a.m. on Feb. 17.

For updates on these presentations, visit woods.stanford.edufollow us on Twitter, and like us on Facebook. You can also follow these and other presentations at the AAAS Twitter site and AAAS Facebook page, or by downloading recordings of sessions on the AAAS Annual Meeting website.