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

Spring 2017

January 31

Andy Collison, ESA Associates

You need an aeolian geomorphologist: modeling the impacts of solar powre plants on desert ecosystems

February 7

Nick Swanson-Hysell, UC Berkeley

Failed rifting and fast drifting: North America''s Mid-continent Rift and its record of rapid paleogeographic change

February 14

Alyssa Atwood, UC Berkeley

The tropical Pacific response to abrupt climate chage

February 21

Postponed, due to Illness of Speaker.

February 28

C. Page Chamberlain, Stanford University

Cenozoic topographic and climateic evolution of western North America - with caveats

March 7

Mary Leech, Department of Earth & Climate Sciences, SFSU

The close interplay between fluids, metamorphism, and deformation in the rocks from the lower crust and mantle

March 14

Kristina Dahl, Climate Scientist Consultant, Union of Concerned Scientists

A flooded future: Projecting the frequency of minor coastal flodding along the East and Gulf Coasts in 2030 and 2045

March 21

spring break

March 28

Laura Racca, Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists

Building your own career: The California Professional Geologist License

April 4

Rusty Holleman, San Francisco Estuary Institute

Sea level rise, tidal dynamics, and inundation

April 11

Esther Conrad, Postdoctoral Fellow, Gould Center for Conflict Resolution, Stanford Law School and the Water in the West Program, Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University

Governing groundwater in California: can we cooperate instead of litigate?

April 18

Amy Luers, Skoll Global Threats Fund

Hacking wicked problems: Linking science and technology for building resilience

April 25

Jason Poague (MS)

Student thesis defense

Detecting Global Hydrological Cycle Intensification in Sea Surface Salinity

April 27

Mayra Dudrenova (BS) – Leonard Sklar
Nolen Brown (BS) – Leonard Sklar
Joey Verdian (BS) – Leonard Sklar

Student thesis/proposal defenses

May 2

Jacob DeAngelo (MS)
Brandon Swanson (MS)

Student thesis/proposal defenses

May 4

Gionata Bianchi (MS)
Derik Gonzalez (MS)

Student thesis/proposal defenses

May 9

Jack Reeder (MS)

Student thesis/proposal defenses

May 11

Molly Mclaughlin (MS)
Suzanne Goldstein (MS)
Mobin Mahmoudi (MS)

Student thesis/proposal defenses

May 16

Beth Holmes (BS)
Alexandria Lagos (MS)
Lauren Finkelstein (MS)

Student thesis/proposal defenses

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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