Department of Earth & Climate Sciences

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Distinguished Speakers Series for 2018-2019

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: Alexander (Zan) Stine

Graduate Student Seminar Coordintor: Sonicah Sanon

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

Fall 2018

September 4

Welcome Party

(1PM-2PM), TH 604

September 11th
Response of the Deep to Shallow Crust to Eocene Ridge-Trench Interaction in the Pacific Northwest
Robert Miller
Geology Department, San Jose State University

September 18th
Enigmatic Neoproterozoic Iron Formations: Snowballs or Rifts?
Russell Shapiro
Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, California State University, Chico

September 25th
Geomorphology, Science, and Engineering: Perspectives from a Consultant
Anthony Falzone

October 2nd
How topography creates strong monsoons
Bill Boos
Earth and Planetary Science, University of California, Berkeley

October 9th
Where less is more: Limited subsurface water storage capacity can shield forests from drought
David Dralle
Eel River Critical Zone Observatory, University of California, Berkeley

October 16th
Carbon Services of California Coastal Habitats: Restoration as a tool in Ocean Acidification and Climate Change Management?
Melissa Ward
University of California, Davis

October 23rd
In the future, will it rain more on tropical land or tropical ocean?
Hugo Lambert
University of Exeter

October 30th
Hydrologic exchange and heat exchange in a regulated gravel bed river: Why the bed matters and implications for salmon habitat
Erin Bray
California State University, Northridge

November 6th
Linking shelf processes to coastal hypoxia in the central California Current System
Kate Hewett
University of California Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory

November 13th
Master of Science Thesis Defense
Modeling Climate Change Impacts On Flooding And Community Vulnerability, Novato, CA
Molly Mclaughlin
How Small Bugs Tie Down Big Rocks: Measuring and Modeling the Forces Acting Between Nets Spun by Caddisfly Larvae (Hydropsychidae) and Gravel Particles at the Onset of Motio

November 20th

November 27rh
Master of Science Thesis Defense
Lauren Finkelstein
Implications of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus on coastal groundwater management, Pajaro Valley, CA

December 4th
Bachelor and Master of Science Thesis Defenses

Oceanographic Conditions in the Bay of Bengal from ~0.8 - 1.3Ma
Alexandria Lagos
WRF Simulation of the Severe Downslope Windstorm Associated with the Tubbs Fire, Santa Rosa, CA, October 8-9, 2017
Natalie Corkhill

December 11th

Master of Science Thesis Defense
Geothermal Energy Prospectivity Mapping in Nevada, Refining Methodology and Predicting Favorability Using Smoothed Weight Functions and Standardized Geographic Processing Approaches
Jacob DeAngelo


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