2015-16 Talks

Spring 2016:

  • Wednesday, May 11: Stephen G. Smith, PhD, will present: “A ~4000 year record of flooding in the Olympic Mountains, Washington,” 4:00pm in Parmly 307.
  • Tuesday, May 17: Geology's Spring Term course Dinos! will be sponsoring a showing of Jurassic Park at Hull's Drive-In. Admission is free with a canned good donation for Campus Kitchen Washington and Lee. Gates open at 7:30pm, movie starts at 8:30pm. Full concessions! (Rain date is May 18)

Winter 2016:

  • Thursday, January 21: Jamie Levine, Assistant Professor of Tectonics and Metamorphic Petrology, Appalachian State, will present "Determining the deformation conditions, kinematics, and character of the Fries and Gossan-Lead faults, NW North Carolina," 5:30pm in A218. Remember courses on this date are treated like a Wednesday because of class adjustments after MLK Day.
  • Friday, Feb 5: Atreyee Bhattacharya, Faculty, Environmental Sciences, Research Affiliate INSTAAR, University of Colorado, will present "Saharan dust preserving the drought history of the Sahel?: Exploring the coupling between dust and droughts in semi-arid regions," 2:30pm in A218.
  • Monday, Feb 15: Alexander Lloyd, Columbia Science Fellow, Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, and Lecturer in Discipline in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University, will present "Melt Inclusions and Magma Ascent: Investigating Explosive Volcanic Eruptions," 5:30pm in A218.
  • Thursday, Feb 18: Sarah Gaudio, Lecturer, University of California, Davis, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, will present "Magma properties and atomic-scale structure with implications for magma buoyancy and mobility within the Earth," 5:30pm in A218.
  • Monday, Feb 29: Jen Axler, PhD Candidate, Geology and Geophysics Department, Yale University, will present "New Indicators of Ultrahigh Temperature Metamorphism (1000°C) and their Petrogenetic Implications for the New England Appalachians," 5:30pm in A218.
  • Friday, March 4: Joanna Ajdukiewicz, retired geologist with ExxonMobil, will present "Sandstone reservoir-quality prediction: the state of the art," 1:30pm in A218. Informal lunch and opportunity to talk with Joanna at 12:15pm in A218.
  • Tuesday, March 8: David Hanson '00, writer and photographer, will talk about alternative careers using geology: "Liberal Arts Passport: A Former Geology Major Shares Stories from his Career as Freelance Writer and Photographer" 12:20-1:15pm, A218. Lunch provided.
  • Tuesday, March 8: David Hanson '00, writer and photographer, will present his award-winning documentary about water rights, Who Owns Water, on Tuesday, March 8 at 7:00pm in Stackhouse. This is a University Lecture, co-sponsored by the Geology Department and the Outing Club.
  • Wednesday, March 9: Nicole West, PhD, post-doctoral fellow, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology, will present "(Micro)climate controls on landscape evolution." 5:30pm in A218.
  • Thursday, March 10: Barney Issen, "Technology and Innovation Are the Engines That Create Exploration Opportunities: Examples From the Deep Water Gulf Of Mexico," 12:20 in IQ Center's 3D Lab.
  • Thursday, March 10: Barney Issen, Consulting Geophysicist, Distinguished AAPG Lecturer. "Re-Thinking the Goals and Methodology of 3D Seismic Interpretation," 5:30pm in IQ Center's 3D Lab.
  • Thursday, March 17: Internationally known scholar on climate change Dale Jamieson, Professor of Environmental Studies and Philosophy at NYU, will present "Ethical Challenges in the Anthropocene," 5:00pm in Hillel 101. Presented by the Washington and Lee Department of Philosophy and th Root Lecture Fund.
  • Friday, March 18: Patricia Kelley, Geology and Geography, University of North Carolina, Wilmington, will present "The arm's race from a snail's perspective: Evolution of the naticid gastropod predator-prey system." A218, 12:20pm.
  • Friday, March 18: Patricia Kelley, Geology and Geography, University of North Carolina, Wilmington; Paleontological Society Distinguished Lecturer on Evolution and Society will present "Evolution and Creation: Conflicting or Compatible," 4:30pm in Northen Auditorium. See an article by her on the topic here (Geotimes, 2000): "Studying Evolution and Keeping the Faith."
  • CANCELLED: Monday, March 28: Alex Burpee '08 will present "Oil and Gas Asset Valuation: What is an Acre Worth?," 5:30pm in A114.
  • Friday, April 1: Senior B.S. student thesis presentations, 1:45-2:30pm in A114, then from 2:45-5:45 om P307. SCHEDULE OF PRESENTATIONS.
  • Tuesday, April 5: Rockbridge resident Dr. Wm. Ruddiman will present "Global Warming: Evidence and Origin," 7:00pm at the Old Court House, Main Street, Lexington. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by Rockbridge Area Conservation Council (RACC), W&L Geology, Boxerwood Nature Center and Woodland Garden, Citizens Climate Lobby.

Fall 2015:

  • Friday, Sept 18: Amy Williams, Asst Professor, Physics, Astronomy, and Geosciences, Towson University, will present "How to Find Little Green Bugs on Mars: The Search for Biosignatures on Mars with the Mars Curiosity Rover." 12:20pm in A218.
  • Friday, Oct 2: Annual Parents and Family Weekend Open House and BBQ. Noon, A228 and A218.
  • Thursday, Oct 8: Madison Woodward '81, Exploration Geophysicist, President ASEANA Exploration will present "The Franciscan/Great Valley Boundary, Lake County, California: A Mesozoic Structural and Sedimentary History or Geology and Convergent Plate Boundaries Can Be Very Challenging!!." 12:20pm in A218. Informal conversation after the talk.
  • Monday, Oct 12: Amy Fagan '06, Asst Professor, Geosciences and Natural Resources, Western Carolina University, will present "Unraveling the bombardment history of the Earth-Moon system ~2 billion years ago." 5:30 in A218.
  • Tuesday, Oct 27:  Piotr Krzywiec, Institute of Geological Sciences, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland will present "The eastern extent of the Variscan belt in SE Poland and W Ukraine revisited." 4:30pm in A218. Variscan belt will be of interest to students of Appalachian geology: see the abstract.
  • Sunday-Wednesday: Nov 1-4: GSA, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Monday, Nov 9: Nate Eichelberger and Alan Nunns, Structuresolver will present: "Making Structural Geology Interactive: There's an App for That." 12:20 in A218.
  • Friday, Nov 13: Michelle Stocker, Research Scientist, Virginia Tech will present "Searching for the early evolutionary history of phytosaurs." 12:20 in A218.
  • Thursday, Dec 3: Cameron Davidson, Director of Carleton's Interdisciplinary Science and Math Initiative and Professor of Geology, Carleton College, will present "Using tiny minerals to solve big questions: transport history of the Chugach-Prince William terrane, Alaska." 5:30 in A218.
  • Friday, Dec 4: Summer research opportunities. For majors. Each faculty member will talk for 5-10 minutes about the research s/he will be working on next summer. A brief introduction to opportunities outside the department will be presented as well. 3:30-5:00pm in A218.