Department of Geosciences Geology - Meteorology - Oceanography

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Distinguished Speakers Series for 2008-2009

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
from 11:45 to 12:15


Seminar Coordinator: Petra Dekens (

For disability-related accommodations: call (415) 338-2993
or email (



May 21st (Note: Special Time)

Harnessing natural C isotopes to understand organic matter transformations in estuarine sediments

Jonathon Polly (MS)

Temperature Effects on Ice Strength Properties: Implications for Erosion Resistance on Titan

Beth Zygielbaum (MS)


Research and Building of a Self-Regulating Baffle for Fish Passage in Culverts

Brian Grace (BS)

Thesis Defenses -- TH604 - 12:00-2:00 PM


May 19th

Hillslope rock fragment production: grain size distributions, abundance and climatic influences

Jiill Marshall

Expermental investigation of fluvial inclusion on Titan by low-velocity sediment impacts

Peter Polito

MS Thesis Defenses -- TH604


May 14th

Background trace metal concentrations in soils of the San Francisco Bay Area, California

Dylan Duvergé

Molluscan biostratigraphy of Merced Formation, San Francisco, California

Kim Luttgen


Eclogite-facies pseudotachylite in deep crustal rocks exposed in northern Norway

Deoborah Shulman

MS Thesis Proposals -- TH604


May 13th

Sea surface temperature and upwelling conditions off northern California coast during the early Pliocene

Chelsea Reed


South Atlantic subrtropical gyre sea surface temperatures and vertical temperature gradient during Pliocene - Pleistocene

Dominika Wojcieszek

MS Thesis Proposals -- TH604


May 12th

A dry combustion method to determine 12C and 13C abundances in marine dissolved organic carbon

Leah Johnson

Harmonic analysis of central San Francisco Bay currents using HR radar data

Max Hubbard


Geochemical signature of the Leo Pargil Gneiss Dome: implications for Himalayan channel flow

Willie Hassett

MS Thesis Proposals -- TH604


April 28th

Feedbacks between biotic and abiotic influences on travertine deposition, Fossil Creek, Arizona

Brian Fuller
MS Thesis Defenses -- TH604


April 21st

Stratigraphic investigation of the North Westside Basin, San Francisco and northern San Mateo County

Terry McGuire


Neotectonic investigation of the southern Death Valley fault zone, southeastern California

Heather Green
MS Thesis Defenses -- TH604


March 12th (Note: Special Time)

Stratigraphic investigation of the North Westside Basin, San Francisco and northern San Mateo County

Terry McGuire
MS Thesis Defense -- 3:30 PM, TH604


March 10th

Beneath the surface of global change: Integrating climate change, land use, and vadose-zone processes to forecast ground-water sustainabiity

Jason J. Gurdak
US Geological Survey
Colorado Water Science Center


February 24th

Probing groundwater resources via water-rock interactions: From aquifer deformation and cave formation to magmatic gas flow in water

Martin O. Saar
Chair: Hydrogeology and Geofluids Research Group
Department of Geology and Geophysics
University of Minnesota, Miinneapolis


February 17th

Groundwater recharge, flow and discharge in a crystalline watershed: a new conceptual model

Tom Gleeson
Queen's University, Canada



August 26th
Welcome to a new academic year in the Department of Geosciences!

12:30-2PM, TH513

September 2nd
Adventures in deep time paleoclimate: rapid response charateristics of the global climate system revealed from neodymium isotope records of ancient seawater
Howie Scher
UC Santa Cruz, Department of Ocean Sciences

September 9th
The use of medium-resolution satellite imagery for the derivation of geotechnical slope stability parameters
Leonhard Blesius
San Francisco State University, Geography Department

September 16th
Noah Finnegan

Coupling of rock uplift and river incision in the Namche Barwa-Gyala Peri Massif, Tibet
UC Berkeley

September 23rd
Enhancing the Quality of Science & Creating a Competitive Edge: A Research Presentation for Search Committees
Beth Mitchneck
University of Arizona, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
***Intended for Faculty of COSE***

September 30th
Ocean-estuary exchange between San Francisco Bay and the coastal Pacific
Mark Stacey
UC Berkeley, Environmental Engineering Program

October 7th
PG&E, Meteorology, and Renewable Energy
Woody Whitlatch, Pacific, Gas and Electric Company

October 14th (1 PM)
California's changing hydrologic landscape: dealing with uncertain climate change impacts
Ed Maurer
Santa Clara University, Civil Engineering Department
***Second Semi-annual Dawdy Lecture in the Hydrologic Sciences***

October 21st
Reactivity of dissolved organic carbon in sediment porewaters: Clues from natural carbon isotope abundances
Tomoko Komada
Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, SFSU

October 28th
Magmatic mush column magmatism: McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica
4PM, TH 529

Bruce Marsh
Johns Hopkins University

October 29th
Please note this talk is on a Wednesday!

12:30PM, TH604
Magma in the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear repository
Bruce Marsh
Johns Hopkins University
***This talk is sponsored by Mineralogical Society of America's Distinguished Lecturers series***

November 4th
Student Speakers

James Chayka
MS Proposal
Quantitative linkages between watershed conditions andmainstem channel characteristics in Lagunitas Creek, Northern California

Molly Cornell
BS Defense
Characterization of Anomalous Graphite from the Maksyutov Ultrahigh-Pressure Metamorphic Complex, Russia

Willie Hassett
BS Defense
Early Miocene Granitoids from the Leo Pargil Gneiss Dome, Northwest Himalaya

November 11th
No speaker – Veterans Day

November 18th
No Speaker

November 25th
No speaker – Thanksgiving Holiday

December 2nd
Student Speakers

December 9th
Student Speakers


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