Department of Earth & Climate Sciences

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Distinguished Speakers Series for 2016-2017

Tuesdays 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Thornton Hall 604 (unless otherwise noted)

Please join us for lunch and refreshments in the Geoscience conference room
at 12:30. Seminar will begin at 1PM.
Seminar Coordinator: Leonard Sklar (

For disability-related accommodations: call (415) 338-2993 or email (

Archive of Presentation Topics: 2008-2009; 2009-2010 ; 2010-2011; 2011-2012; 2012-2013, 2013-2014, 2014-2015, 2015-2016

Fall 2016

August 30
Welcome Party! 
Short student presentations on summer field adventures

September 6
Matthew Fox, U.C. Berkeley, Dept. of Earth and Planetary Science
History of mountain belts from the inversion of topography and thermochronometry

September 13
Leonard Sklar, SFSU, Dept of Earth & Climate Sciences
The Problem of Predicting the Size Distribution of Sediments Supplied by Hillslopes to Rivers

September 20
Kim Blisniuk, San Jose State University, Geology Department
A ~100,000 year geomorphic history of large earthquake displacements on the San Andreas fault in southern California

September 27
David Mustart, SFSU, Dept of Earth & Climate Sciences
Origin of Mineral Deposits with World-class Collectible Specimens of Native Gold and sNative Silver

October 4
Amelia Vankeuren, Cal State Sacramento, Department of Geology
Combating Climate Change with Mantle Rocks: CO2 storage in the Oman Ophiolite

October 11
Fall 2016 Dawdy Lecture in Hydrologic Sciences
Scott Peckham, University of Colorado, Institute of Alpine and Arctic Research
Flow Resistance and Longitudinal Elevation Profiles for Rivers: Two Stories about Development Mathematical Models to Understand Observations

October 18
Alan Howard, University of Virginia, Dept. of Environmental Sciences
The Unexpected Splendor of Pluto as Revealed by the New Horizons Mission

October 25
Fall 2016 Distinguished Alumna Lecture
Jill Marshall, UC Berkeley, Dept. of Earth and Planetary Science
The geomorphic legacy of glacial intervals in unglaciated terrain: Insight from the A 50-ky paleo lake core in the Oregon Coast Range

November 1
Clifford Riebe, University of Wyoming, Dept. of Geology and Geophysics
The influence of bedrock composition on drought-induced mortality in southern Sierra Nevada forests

November 8
Phoebe Lam, UC Santa Cruz, Dept. of Ocean Sciences
Marine Particles in the Ocean: distribution, composition, and role in biogeochemical cycling

November 15
Cathy Busby, UC Santa Barbara, Dept. of Earth Science
2016 Ocean Discovery Lecturer – International Ocean Discovery Program
Anatomy of a Long-lived Oceanic Arc: Synthesis of Three International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) Expeditions in the Azu-Bonin-Marianas Arc

November 22
Thanksgiving Break

November 29
No presentation

December 6
Student thesis defense presentations

Lan Ma

Influence of tree-level variability on tree-ring reconstructed temperature at Sonora Pass, CA

Rui Liu

Regional tectonic evolution of the Pioneer core complex, south-central Idaho



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