2018-19 Events

Winter 2019

  • Saturday, March 2: For students: Collaborative hike at Brown Mountain. Read more about this and sign up here!
  • Monday, March 4: John R. White '88, Associate Dean of Research, College of the Coast and Environment, John and Catherine Day Professor of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences, Louisiana State University, will present "Sea Level-Induced Coastal Wetland Erosion: Implications for the Future Global Carbon Budget." 5:30pm in A214.
  • Thursday, March 7: James Biemiller '15, PhD candidate, University of Texas at Austin, will present " Multi-timescale deformation history of active low-angle normal faults in Southeast Papua New Guinea." 5:30pm in A218.
  • Friday and Saturday March 15-16: For W&L community: The Science, Society, and the Arts Conference 2019 (SSA)!
  • Monday, March 18: Judi Sclafani, PhD candidate, Penn State University, will present: "Morphological change in response to mass extinction: a case study of brachiopods at the Late Ordovician." 5:30pm in A218.
  • Wednesday, March 20: Thomas Anderson, Structural Geologist and Professor Emeritus, University of Pittsburgh, will present "The Mojave-Sonora Megashear -- Evolution of the Concept and Plate Tectonic Implications." 5:30pm in A218.
  • Friday, March 22: For students: Environmental Careers Panel featuring Geology and Environmental Studies alumni.
    There will be a panel discussion featuring:
    Don Rigger '81, Program Manager, Kemron Environmental Services, Georgia
    Autumn Oczkowski '00, US EPA, Office of Research and Development, Rhode Island
    Anna Stuart Lambert '10, Regulatory Specialist, Resource Environmental Solutions, Richmond, VA
    Katherine Telfeyan '10, Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico
    Oliver Miltenberger '14, Environmental Consultant, New Mexico
    There will also be breakout sessions so you can speak with the panelists more about what they do, and food!
    Students: please RSVP in Handshake
  • Monday, March 25: Christine Hall, PhD candidate, University of California, Riverside, will present:" Animal life and death in changing environments: examples from the Ediacaran and the Eocene," 5:45 in A218.
  • Friday, March 29: Thesis presentations -- Liz Todd, Kameko Landry, and Kurt Waibel -- starting at 3:30 in A214.
  • Monday, April 1: Warren Barrash, Emeritus Research Professor, Boise State University, will present: "Finding the 3D Fracture Network in a Mudstone Aquifer with Hydraulic Tomography." 5:45pm in A218.
  • Thursday, April 4: Eva Lyon, PhD Candidate, University of Kentucky, will present: "Reconstructing Late Holocene Hydroclimate Variability in California's Headwaters Using the Modern Limnogeology and Paleoproductivity Archive of June Lake" at 4:30 in A218. Good food!
  • Monday, April 22: Screening of The Human Element, An Earth Vision Institute film by Matt Testa and James Balog. Hosted by WLU Geology, WLU Environmental Studies, and 50 Ways Rockbridge, and in partnership with SEAL and the Outing Club. Stackhouse Theater, 6:30pm. Free and open to the public.

Fall 2018

  • Wednesday, Sept 12: Lisa Greer, Professor of Geology, will present: "The Science of Climate Change." A214 at 7:00pm. This is for students only.
  • Wednesday, Sept 19: Earle Bates Memorial Lecture by Matthew J. Strickler '03, Secretary of Natural Resources for the Commonwealth of Virginia, will present "A Critical Time for State Environmental Leadership." Prior to joining the Administration, he served as Senior Policy Advisor to Democratic members of the House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources. Originally from Lexington, Virginia, Matthew graduated from Washington and Lee University in 2003 and holds master's degrees in public policy and marine science from the College of William and Mary and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. Reception at 5:00pm in Elrod Commons Living Room followed by a public lecture in Stackhouse Theater at 6:00pm.
  • Friday, Sept 21: "GMO Crops in the Third World?: Insights from Field Research in India and the Philippines" will be presented by Visiting Speaker Glenn Stone, Professor of Anthropology at Washington University, St. Louis. Professor Stone's reaserch is in environmental anthropology and political ecology, especially on politics of smallholder food production, GMO crops, indigenous knowledge, sustainability, and alternative agriculture movements. Newcomb Hall 116 at 4:30pm. Sponsored by W&L's James G. Leyburn Scholars Program in Anthropology.
  • Tuesday, Sept 25: Patrick Frier, NASA, will talk about the DEVELOP program and what opportunities there are for students. DEVELOP, part of NASA's Applied Sciences Program, addresses environmental and public policy issues through interdisciplinary research projects that apply the lens of NASA Earth observations to community concerns around the globe. Bridging the gap between NASA Earth Science and society, DEVELOP builds capacity in both participants and partner organizations to better prepare them to address the challenges that face our society and future generations. With the competitive nature and growing societal role of science and technology in today's global workplace, DEVELOP is fostering an adept corps of tomorrow's scientists and leaders. A214 at 5:30pm. Pizza provided. Q&A to follow.
  • Tuesday, October 23: "Climate Change: Local Agriculture and Rainforest Solutions -- A 7 Point Plan," featuring Randy Hayes, Founder of the Rainforest Action Network, and Brent Blackwelter, Former President of Friends of the Earth. Talk 6:30-8:00pm followed by discussion 8:00-9:00pm. Hors d'oeuvres will be served. Co-sponsored by 50 Ways Rockbridge and SEAL (Student Environmental Action League).
  • Thursday, Nov 8: Natural disaster movie night! Open to everyone, majors, non-majors, friends, maybe not pets though. You will vote then on either San Andreas or Geo-Disaster -- or Geostorm. RSVP to wilsons@wlu.edu -- if enough people RSVP we'll order Napa Thai. If not enough people RSVP we'll order pizza. There'll be candy and popcorn for sure. 7:00pm in G22. RSVP!!
  • Friday, Nov 9: Jimmy Bent '82, Unit Manager, Earth Science Strategic Research for Chevron's Energy Technology Company, and Ray Welder '91, President and CEO, Welder Exploration and Production, will have an informal conversation with students about their careers in the oil and gas industry. 2:30-3:30pm in A218.
  • Tuesday, Nov 13 through Dec 7: Art exhibit: Jeff Rich: "Watershed: Tennessee River"
    Lecture & reception: Tuesday, November 13, at 5:30 p.m., Wilson Hall/Concert Hall/Lykes Atrium
    Art Exhibit: November 5-December 7, 2018/Staniar Gallery
    In his ongoing project, "Watershed", photographer Jeff Rich documents the complex relationship between land, water, and man within the Mississippi River Basin and the effects and consequences of this sometimes fraught relationship on the Southern landscape. The work in this exhibition examines widespread development in the Tennessee River Watershed with a focus on the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), which has completely reshaped the rivers and ecosystem of the Tennessee Valley, as well as the lives of its residents, over nearly a century of evolution. The work was published as the monograph "Watershed: The Tennessee River" by Fall Line Press in 2017. Another chapter in this series, "Watershed: A Survey of The French Broad River" was awarded the 2010 Critical Mass Book Award, and was published as a monograph in 2012. Rich is an Assistant Professor of Photography at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC. Stanier Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm
  • Tuesday, Nov 27: Geology's summer research and internships opportunities presentation will be from 5:00-6:00pm. This is a MANDATORY MEETING for non-senior geology majors. Non-majors are very welcome too. A214.
  • RESCHEDULED Thursday, December 6: Richard O. Lease, Ph.D., Research Geologist, USGS, Anchorage, Alaska, will present "Patterns, pulses, and periodicity of mountain building processes in Alaska." Alaska is one of the most tectonically active places on earth and remains a geologic frontier. Ongoing USGS research illuminates the geologic framework of Alaska energy resources, mineral resources, and earthquake hazards. This talk will discuss new insights concerning orbital forcing of sedimentary sequences, glacier-landscape feedbacks, and extreme plate boundary tectonics. 5:30pm in A218.