2013-14 Talks

Winter 2014:

  • Wednesday, January 8: Professor Dave Harbor will present "Bedrock plucking in rivers: laboratory, field and planetary studies." A218 at 4:00 pm.
  • Friday, January 10: Professor Jeff Rahl will present "Ductile deformation of quartz-rich rocks." A218 at 3:30 pm.
  • Wednesday, January 15: Professor Chris Connors will present "Current Research Directions." A218 at 4:00 pm.
  • Monday, January 27: SEAL (W&L's Student Environmental Action League) is presenting "Pandora's Promise," Stackhouse Theater, Elrod Commons, 6:00-7:30pm. About "Pandora's Promise": "Impact Partners, in association with Vulcan Productions and CNN Films, present PANDORA'S PROMISE, the groundbreaking new film by Academy-Award®-nominated director Robert Stone. The atomic bomb and meltdowns like Fukushima have made nuclear power synonymous with global disaster. But what if we've got nuclear power wrong? An audience favorite at the Sundance Film Festival, PANDORA'S PROMISE asks whether the one technology we fear most could save our planet from a climate catastrophe, while providing the energy needed to lift billions of people in the developing world out of poverty. In his controversial new film, Stone tells the intensely personal stories of environmentalists and energy experts who have undergone a radical conversion from being fiercely anti to strongly pro-nuclear energy, risking their careers and reputations in the process. Stone exposes this controversy within the environmental movement head-on with stories of defection by heavy weights including Stewart Brand, Richard Rhodes, Gwyneth Cravens, Mark Lynas and Michael Shellenberger. Undaunted and fearlessly independent, PANDORA'S PROMISE is a landmark work that is forever changing the conversation about the myths and science behind this deeply emotional and polarizing issue." See Pandora's Promise for more details.
  • Monday, February 10: Martha Cary Eppes, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, will present "Cracking Up: Using Acoustic Emissions to Discern the Key Diurnal Conditions that Lead to the Physical Weathering of Rock." A218 at 12:20pm. Lunch will be provided.
  • Wednesday, February 26: Steve Wojtal of Oberlin, will present:"Changing styles of transpressional deformation along the southernmost segment of the San Andreas fault zone." A218 at 5:45 pm.
  • CANCELLED: Thursday, February 27: Todd Anderson, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering, University of Idaho, will present "Denitrification in riparian zones and other saturated soils of a northeastern agricultural landscape." A218 at 5:30 pm.
  • CANCELLED: Tuesday, March 4: Warren Barrash, Center for Geophysical Investigation of the Shallow Subsurface and Department of Geosciences, Boise State University, will present "Heterogeneity, Hydrogeophysics, and Hydraulic Conductivity in a Coarse-grained Fluvial Aquifer." A218 at 12:20. Lunch provided.
  • Wednesday, March 5: Jill Leonard-Pingel, Postdoctoral Research Scholar, University of Chicago, will present:"Molluscan community response to changes in the physical environment: Cases from the Caribbean Neogene and Recent Californian coastal ocean." A214 at 4:30 pm.
  • Thursday, March 6: Dr. Michael Duncan, Visiting Assistant Professor of Aquatic Biology/Environmental Studies, will present "An Introduction to Large River Ecosystems." Parmly 307 at 4:35 pm.
  • Tuesday, March 11: Susan Kilgore, PhD University of Iowa, will present: "What Happens Beneath the Ice: A Geophysical and Hydrological Investigation of a Retreating Alaska Glacier." A214 at 5:30pm. Dinner provided.
  • Tuesday, March 11: Shannon Elizabeth Bell (W&L class of 2000) will present Our Roots Run Deep as Ironweed, her recent book about Appalachian women who are fighting to protect their families and communities from the damaging effects of mountaintop removal mining and other destructive coal industry practices. Huntley Hall Room 235 at 7:30 pm.
  • Tuesday, March 18: Dave Houseknecht, USGS will present: "Late Jurassic through Cretaceous Tectonics and Basin Evolution, Chukchi Shelf and Northwestern Alaska." A218 at 12:20pm. Lunch provided.
  • Friday, March 28: Geology students of the Class of 2014 -- Hal Hundley, Liz Olson, Karen Roth, and Kendall Wnuk -- will defend their senior theses. 3:30pm, A214.
  • Friday, April 4: GIS Poster Session. 11:15 am-2:30 pm, Great Hall of the Science Center.

Fall 2013:

  • Friday, September 27: Professor Jeff Rahl will present "Uplift and exhumation history of the Eastern Cordillera in northwestern Argentina." A218 at 12:20 pm. Lunch provided.
  • Thursday, October 3: W&L geology alum Madison Woodward '81 will present "Geology of SE Asia with emphasis on Hydrocarbon Exploration." A218 at 4:00 pm.
  • Wednesday, October 9: James Tyrrell '14 and Chel Samuels '15 will present on produced water management practices. A218 at 12:20 pm. Lunch provided.
  • Wednesday, October 9: Rod Adams will present "Nuclear Power: a Powerful Tool in the Battle Against Climate Change." A214 at 5:45pm. Sponsored by S.E.A.L.
  • Wednesday, October 16: Chelsi Hewitt '15 and Professor Paul Low will present some results from our summer (and ongoing) research on geochemical cycling between the lithosphere, anthroposphere, and hydrosphere (rocks, people, and, water) at a talk entitled "Water Quality in the Maury River and its Tributaries: Understanding the Dynamic Role of Earth's Crust". A218 at 12:20 pm. Lunch provided.
  • Monday October 21: Brad Prather and Julie Jackson '07 of Shell Upstream Americas will present a talk. Topic to be announced much closer to the date. A218 at 12:20. Lunch provided.
  • Friday, November 8: Nick Fox '09, Petroleum Consulting Geologist with Advanced Resources International, Inc., will present "Applications of ArcGIS in Unconventional Oil and Gas." A218 at 4:00 pm.
  • Tuesday, November 12: Professor Euan Mitchell will present "Differentiation of mantle-derived magmas in the central Oregon Cascades." A218 at 12:20 pm.
  • CHANGED: Thursday, November 21: Professor Lisa Greer will present "Documenting endangered coral in an age of global reef decline." A218 at 4:00 pm.
  • CANCELLED: Wednesday, November 20: Professor Dave Harbor. A218 at 5:30pm.