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K.D. Nelson Lecture Series

Our weekly colloquium, the K. Douglas Nelson Lecture Series, features scientific talks by outstanding invited investigators from all over the world. The talks are generally one hour in length at 4:00 PM Thursday afternoons, followed by a reception. The lecture series is named for a beloved former faculty member and department chair, K. Douglas Nelson, who passed away in 2002.

Fall 2017 Schedule:

9/07 Open

9/14 Peter LaFemina (Penn State) Up, Up and Away: Interactions Between Magmatism, Tectonics and Climate in Iceland

9/21 Martin Wong (Colgate University) Are continuous thermal histories derived from MDD modeling of 40Ar/39Ar K-feldspar data reliable? Field tests from the U.S. Basin and Range

9/28 Robert Feranec (New York State Museum) Sabertooth Cats! Analyzing development and diet in extinct species

10/05 Bruce Watson (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) Biosignatures in the metamorphic residue of life? 

10/12 Elizabeth Watson (Drexel University) Impacts of Sea Level Rise on Coastal Wetlands in the U.S. Northeast

10/19 Rachel Valletta (University of Pennsylvania) 10Be/9Be ratios reflect East Antarctic Ice Sheet mass changes: a record offshore the Wilkes Subglacial Basin

11/02 Chris Hamilton (University of Arizona) Planetary Volcanism: Flood Lava Eruptions on Earth and Mars 

11/09 Edwin Harvey (U.S National Park Service Water Resources Division, Fort Collins, CO)

11/16 Mauricio Ibanez (University of Rochester) Active crustal foundering in the Northern Volcanic Zone of the Andean Arc

11/30 Will Amidon (Middlebury College) Post-rift rejuvenation of the northeastern U.S. during the late Cretaceous and Miocene

12/07 Jeff Pietras (Binghamton University) Sr and Os Isotopes in Lacustrine Mudstones: Chemostratigraphy, Geochronometry, & Lake Water Provenance: Examples from the Green River Formation

 

• All seminars begin at 4:00 PM on Thursday afternoons in Heroy Geology Laboratory, Room 113, unless otherwise indicated.



Spring 2017 KD Nelson Lecture Series

1/19 Andy Ridgwell (UC Riverside) The Global Climate Weathering Thermostat: Fact, fiction, and computer models

1/26 Matt Kohn (Boise State University) Subduction zone thermal structure and rheology: Insights from metamorphic rocks

2/2 Phoebe Cohen (Williams College) Life in the Neoproterozoic: hard parts, hard dates, and hard questions

2/9 Ashley Harris (Chevron) Three-dimensional numerical modeling of eustatic control on continental margin sand distribution

2/16 Carl Renshaw (Dartmouth College) Fate of Mercury Contamination of a River: Lessons from the Androscoggin River, New Hampshire

2/23 Holmes Lecture: Robert Hazen (Carnegie Institution of Washington) The private lives of minerals: Network analysis applied to mineralogy and petrology

3/2 Dan Breecker (UT Austin) Carbon in Karst: advancing the interpretation of speleothem carbon isotope compositions

3/9 Rob DeConto (U. Mass Amherst)

3/16 Spring Break- no seminar

3/23 TBD

3/30 Jason Briner (University at Buffalo) The sensitivity of the Greenland Ice Sheet to climate change

4/6 Adina Paytan (UC Santa Cruz) Corals on Acid—Impact of Ocean Acidification on Coral Reefs

4/13 Beizhan Yan (Columbia University) Linking environmental and health sciences - source analysis of pollutants

4/20 Anna Martini (Amherst College) A Quarter Century of Antrim Shale Geochemistry: From Salinity to Isotopologues

4/27 Holly Michael (University of Delaware) Vulnerability of groundwater resources in Bangladesh: Interplay between dense populations, geologic complexity, and large-scale arsenic contamination

Fall 2016 KD Nelson Lecture Series

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