Department of Earth & Climate Sciences

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Distinguished Speakers Series for 2013-2014

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: Karen Grove (

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

Spring 2015

February 3
Coupling of East and South Asian Monsoon Precipitation in July-August
Jesse A. Day, PhD candidate
University of California, Berkeley

February 10
Revealing the community structure and cross-ecosystem connectivity of Northern California’s sandy beaches
Karina Nielsen, Professor of Biology & Director, Romberg Tiburon Center, SFSU

February 17
Unraveling the sedimentary response to tectonics, climate, and development of marine gateways: Insights from the Patagonian Andes
Julie Fosdick, Assistant Professor, Indiana University

February 24
Sea-level change during a Snowball Earth deglaciation
Jessica Creveling, Postdoctoral Fellow, California Institute of Technology

March 3
California ports take to the air: improving air quality for us all
Jay Ach, P.G., Manager of Regulatory & Environmental Affair, Port of San Francisco

March 10
The rise of oxygen and siderite oxidation during the Lomagundi Event
Aviv Bachan, Post-doctoral Scholar, The Pennsylvania State University

March 17
Miocene change from plate-like lateral extrusion to distributed shortening and surface uplift in the nothern Tibetan Plateau
Brad Ritts, Ph.D., Team Leader, Chevron Asia Pacific Explorations and Production Company

March 24
No Speaker Series – SPRING RECESS

March 31

April 7
The Hunt for the Source of Water to a New Municipal Wellfield
Bob Abrams, Ph.D., P.G., C.Hg., Consulting Hydrogeologist
**Semi-annual Earth & Climate Science Alumni Lecture***

April 14
Estimating Evapotranspiration from Weather Data: Derivation and Application to Trend Detection and Attribution over the U.S. since 1960
Guido Salvucci, Professor, Boston University
***Dawdy Lecture in Hydrologic Sciences***

April 21
Relations Between Climate Variability and Groundwater Fluctuations in U.S. Principal
Elzie Velasco, MS Defense, SFSU
Experimental Study of Particle Size Reduction in Debris Flows
Omid Arabnia, MS Defense, SFSU

April 28
Segregation ice fracturing of river bank rock: implications for width of bedrock channels
Larry Alden,MS Defense, SFSU

May 5
Student Presentations (TBA)

May 12
Student Presentations (TBA)

May 19
Student Presentations (TBA)

Fall 2014

September 2
Welcome to the new academic year party

September 9 – Student Presentations
Effects of Low Impact Development Design on Redox Dynamics  in the Vadose Zone and Urban Groundwater
Mays Danfoura
MS Defense

September 16
An Ecohydrological Approach to River Restoration Planning in the Arid West
Glen Leverich

Stillwater Sciences, Senior Geomorphologist/Geologist
***Semi-annual Earth & Climate Science Alumni Lecture***

September 23
Marine ecosystems and abrupt climate change: insights from the recent deglaciation
Sarah E. Moffitt

Bodega Marine Laboratory

September 30 – Student Presentations
Tectonic History of Metamorphic Rocks from the Roof of the World, NW Himalaya

Ozum Basta
MS Defense

October 7
What drives the variability in biogenic volatile organic compound (BVOC) emissions?
Robert Rhew
Department of Geography, UC Berkeley

October 14
The evidence for a discernible human influence on global climate

Ben Santer
Lawrence Livermore National Lab

October 21
No Speaker Series – GSA Meeting

October 28
Troughs, Cirques, and the Sierra: New Thoughts on Some Old Problems in Glacial Geomorphology
Kurt Cuffey
Department of Geography, UC Berkeley

November 4
You too can study glaciers: the Juneau Ice Field Research Project (JIRP)

Karen Grove
Department of Earth & Climate Sciences, SFSU

November 11
No Speaker Series – Veterans day

November 18
Geology of the Monterey Formation of California With Comments on Recent Oilfield Developments
Tom MacKinnon

November 25
No Speaker Series – Fall Recess

December 2

Managing for resilience in California's anadromous salmonids
Stephanie Carlson
Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, UC Berkeley
***Dawdy Lecture in Hydrologic Sciences***

December 9No Presentation Scheduled
December 17 -
No Speaker Series – Finals week


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