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 2019 Schedule:

 

August 29 - Alejandro Flores - Boise State University;

September 05 - TBA

September 12 - Donna Shillington - Lamount Doherty Earth Observatory;

September 19 - TBA

September 26 - No Lecture - Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America

October 03 - Jessica Creveling - Oregon State University;

October 10 - Brian Huber - National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution;

October 17 - Willian Ausich - The Ohio State University;

October 24 - Tamara Carley  - Layfayette College;    

October 31 - Jonathan Lees - University of North Carolina;

November 7 - Rowan Martindale - University of Texas;

November 14 - Tolulope Olugboli - University of Rochester;

November 21 - Kenneth Ridgway - Purdue University; 

November 28 - Happy Thanksgiving - No Lecture

December 05 - TBA

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



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.

Spring 2019 Schedule:

 

January 17 - Michael Manga - University of California at Berkeley; Earthquakes and Water (and why the Lusi Eruption was not caused by an Earthquake)    

 

January 24 - Christopher McRoberts - State University of New York (SUNY) Cortland; The end-Triassic Mass Extinction: Disaster Species and the Collapse and Recovery of Marine Ecosystems    

 

January 29 - Manfred Strecker - University of Potsdam; GSA Distinguished International Lecturer Tectonics and Climate of the Southern Central Andes  (TUESDAY, HGL rm 102)

 

February 14 - Christopher Spencer - Institute of Geoscience Research, Curtin University; Kickstarting the Modern Era: Cascading State Shifts in the Paleoproterozoic Biosphere, Atmosphere, and Lithosphere    

 

February 21 - Larisa DeSantis - Vanderbilt University; Paleontological Society Distinguished Lecturer Causes and Consequences of Late Pleistocene Megafaunal Extinctions  

 

February 28 - Jane Gilotti - University of Iowa; High-Pressure and Ultrahigh-Pressure Metamorphism in NE Greenland: the Critical Role of the UPPER Plate in the Caledonian Orogen   

 

March 7 - Sarah Feakins - University of Southern California; International Ocean Discovery Distinguished Lecturer Climate Change and Ecosystem Transformation: Plant Wax Evidence from Indian Ocean Drilling

 

March 14 - Spring Break

 

March 21 - HOLMES LECTURE  - (7 PM, Heroy Geology Auditorium) Roberta Rudnick  –  University of California Santa Barbara;  Earth's Unique Continents      

 

March 28 - Natalie Burls - George Mason University; Contrasting the Hydrological Cycle in Past and Future Warm Climates - with implications for Ocean Overturning Circulation

 

April 4 - Justin Gillis - (New York Times Science Writer)

  

April 18 - Miki Nakajima - University of Rochester; Origin of the Earth, Moon and Martian Moons 

 

April 25 - Suzanne Baldwin - Syracuse University; The (U)HP terrane of southeastern Papua New Guinea: a modern analogue for (U)HP terranes globally   

 

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

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 2018 Schedule:

 

August 30—Chris Junium

 

September 6— Miriam Reiss (Yale)  "Seismic anisotropy: how to decipher the earth's interior with

shear-wave splitting".

 

September 20—D. Boutt (UMass-Amherst) Water and Lithum - The nexus of hydrogeosciences and

green energy in the transition from fossil fuels

 

September 27—Will Nachlas Pressures, Temperatures, and Timescales of Ductility in Continental Shear Zones

 

October 11—James Witts from the American Museum of Natural History “The life and times of ammonoid

cephalopods: evolution, ecology, and extinction in the Late Cretaceous”

 

October 18—Margaret Zimmer (University of California, Santa Cruz) "More soil, less storage: The influence of soil

characteristics on water storage and runoff generation"

 

October 25—M. Hayashi (University of Calgary) “Alpine hydrogeology: The critical role of groundwater

in sourcing the headwaters of the world”

 

November 1—Steven Kidder (City College New York) Microstructural and Trace Element Constraints on Stress, Temperature and

Rheology of the Middle Crust

 

November 15— James Muirhead Continental Rifting Impacted by Magmatism

 

November 29—Stephen Mojzsis (University of Colorado, Boulder) Onset of giant planet migration at ca. 4480 Myr ago

 

December 6—Dr. Leigh Raymond from Purdue University/Fulbright Scholar at University of Ottawa

Reclaiming the Atmospheric Commons: Carbon Pricing in the U.S. and Canada

 

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

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.

Spring 2018 Schedule:

January 18—climate search

January 23—climate search

January 25—climate search

February 1—climate search

February 8—climate search

February 15—CANCELED - Gray Bebout (Lehigh University)

February 22—Andrew Smye (Penn State University) “Mineral Scale Constraints on the Geodynamics of Continental Extension”

March 1—open

March 8—Benjamin Black (The City College of New York) "Resolving the Flood Basalt Carbon Quandary"

March 22—Dianne Moore (USGS) "The role of serpentinite in promoting creep in the San Andreas Fault System of central and northern California"

March 29—Morgan Schaller (rensselaer polytechnic institute) "Soil carbonate-hosted fluid inclusions: New constraints on the major gas composition of the ancient atmosphere"

April 5—Robert Darling (SUNY Cortland)  “Cristobalite, Stretched Quartz, and Melt Inclusions in Adirondack Garnet.” 

April 12—Greg Henkes (Stony Brook) “The temperature and oxygen isotope evolution of Phanerozoic seawater from carbonate clumped isotopes”

April 19—Holmes Lecture - Timothy Lyons (University of California – Riverside) "Are We Alone? — How Earth's Past Guides the Search for Alien Life"

April 26—Estéban Gazel (Cornell University) "The hottest lavas of the Phanerozoic and the survival of deep Earth reservoirs"

 

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

Fall 2017 KD Nelson Lecture Series

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

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