Department of Earth & Climate Sciences

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Distinguished Speakers Series for 2020-2021

Tuesdays 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Zoom (unless otherwise noted)

Please join us for our weekly Earth & Climate Sciences Seminar Series.

Seminar will begin at 1PM.

Seminar Coordinator: Erin Bray

For disability-related accommodations: call (415) 338-2061 or email (

Archive of Presentation Topics: 2008-2009; 2009-2010 ; 2010-2011; 2011-2012; 2012-2013, 2013-2014, 2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2016-2017, 2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020

Spring 2021

Link to Zoom Seminars:

January 26

Welcome Back Party: Department of Earth and Climate Sciences

Petra Dekens, Department Chair


February 2

Undergraduate Research Opportunities: A summary of department faculty research for Seniors in ERTH 690 and Juniors
All Dept Faculty, San Francisco State University


May 4

M.S. Thesis Defenses

Student Presentations TBD


May 11

M.S. Thesis Defenses

Student Presentations TBD


May 13

M.S. Thesis Defenses

Student Presentations TBD


Fall 2020

September 1

Welcome Party: Department of Earth and Climate Sciences

Petra Dekens, Department Chair


September 8

Faculty Spotlight: A re-examination of the Southern Death Valley fault zone
John Caskey, San Francisco State University


September 15

Characterizing the critical zone structure along the ridges and valleys in the Great Valley Sequence of Northern California using Bayesian seismic refraction inversion and borehole drilling
Mong-Han Huang, University of Maryland


September 22

What’s in a sedimentary record? A story of the glacial past, an anthropogenic aquifer, and wetland future
Christine Hatch, University of Massachusetts Amherst


September 29

No speaker series this week


October 6

Extreme wildfire behavior associated with complex terrain

Craig Clements, San Jose State University


October 13

Integrating virtual fieldwork, paleontology, and visualization tools to enhance geoscience instruction for diverse audiences

Lisa White, University of California Museum of Paleontology


October 20

Stories From the Ice: Perspectives From New Canadian Arctic Ice Cores
Alison Criscitiello, Canadian Ice Core Lab, University of Alberta


October 27

Past Assessment and Future Needs to Improve Forecasts of Water in the U.S.
Aubrey Dugger, National Center for Atmospheric Research


November 3

Election Day - Vote: No speaker series


November 10

Distinguished Dawdy Lecture in Hydrologic Sciences

Snow Albedo: How it changes and why you should care
Jeff Dozier, University of California Santa Barbara


November 17

Student Thesis Defense
Natasha Fazeli, San Francisco State University


November 24

Fall Recess: No speaker series


December 1

Challenges in Integrating Ecosystem Services in Landscape Planning and Decision Making
Noel Aloysius, University of Missouri


December 8

Senior Projects Meeting (ECS Dept)
Faculty of Dept of Earth and Climate Sciences, SFSU


December 15

Finals Week: No Speaker Series - See you Spring 2021!

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