Department of Earth & Climate Sciences

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Distinguished Speakers Series for 2014-2015

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 graduate student coordinator: Claudia Corona (
Seminar Coordinator: Petra Dekens(

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

Fall 2015

September 1st
Welcome to the new academic year party

September 8th  
Low-temperature thermochronometric constraints on Cenozoic intraplate deformation in the central Basin and Range
Tandsi Bidgoli
University of Kansas-Kansas Geological Survey
***Semi-annual Earth & Climate Science Alumni Lecture***

September 15th
Holocene marine productivity records from western North America: examples from California and Alaska
Dr. Jason Addison
USGS, Research Geologist

September 22nd 
California’s persistent droughts of the medieval climatic anomaly: Where lay the storm track?

Dr. Scott Stine

September 29th 
Student Research Short Presentations

October 6th
To See the World in a Grain of Sand: Utilizing Detrital Heavy Minerals to Reconstruct Earth History
Dr. Owen Anfinson
Assistant Professor, Sonoma State University

October 13th
History-in-the-Making: The State’s Role in Implementing the 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act
Mark Nordberg, Senior Engineering Geologist
California Department of Water Resources

October 20th
A, B, Careful! Consequences of scale-invariance in power-law models of streamflow recessions for interpreting hydrological data
Dr. Sally Thompson, Assistant Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Berkeley
***Dawdy Lecture in Hydrologic Sciences***

October 27th
Hydrodynamics of carbon storage in coal and shale
Vikram Vishal
Fullbright visiting scholar, Stanford University

November 3rd 
No speaker series – GSA meeting

November 10th
Land-based Pollution of Coral Reefs in Hawaii
Dr. John Stock

November 17th  *Student Presentations*

Influence of light availability on tree-ring reconstructed temperature, Sonora Pass, CA
Lan Ma
MS thesis proposal

November 24th
No Speaker Series – Fall Recess

December 1st 
What can foraminifera tell us about past sea level change? An analysis from the Canterbury Basin of New Zealand
Dr. Matthieu Richaud
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
California State University - Fresno

December 8th 
Dr. Kanani Lee

December 15th 
No Speaker Series – Finals week/AGU WEEK

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