Department of Earth Sciences
Newton Horace Winchell School of Earth Sciences

Fall 2013 Seminar Series


Seminars are presented on Thursdays (unless otherwise noted) at 3:30 p.m. in 110 Pillsbury Hall, followed by refreshments.

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NEW!!  Live-streaming of the Thursday seminars is available here.


September 5           
Dr. Donna L. Whitney, Head, N.H. Winchell School of Earth Sciences
Welcome to the 2013-2014 Academic Year


September 12           
Professor Emeritus, Dr. Paul Weiblen, University of Minnesota, Department of Earth Sciences
The Origin of Minnesota's 300 Billion Dollar Copper-Nickel-Precious Metal Deposits: Insights from Current Volcanism on the East Pacific Rise
Click here for a recording of this seminar's audio and slide presentation.


September 19           
Dr. David Polly, Indiana University, Department of Geological Sciences
Paleoclimate, Paleoenvironment, and Paleontology:  New Approaches to Fossil Vertebrates and Earth Systems
Friday, Sept 20, 11:15 a.m., 121 PillsH
Quaternary Climate and Speciation:  a Case Study Shows Step-Wise Effects (Sorex, Mammalia)


September 26           
Dr. Shri Ramaswamy, University of Minnesota, Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering
3D Structure Characterization of Fibrous Porous Bio-Based Materials and Biocomposites and their Relationship to Transport and Mechanical Properties


October 3           
Dr. Rebecca Lange, University of Michigan, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
The Origin of Voluminous Rhyolite, the Most Differentiated Magma on Earth, and the Resolution of Several Paradoxes


October 10 - Special Seminar, sponsored by AirSpace Minnesota -- CANCELLED
Dr. Harrison "Jack" Schmitt
, Astronaut, Pilot, Geologist, and Politician -- "The the only scientist and last of 12 men to step onto the Moon."
Apollo 17 Field Geological Exploration Result
click here for information on AirSpace MN's public event on Fri, Oct 11


October 17
Dr. Junfeng Zhang
, China University of Geosciences in Wuhan
From Mantle to Crust: Experimental Constraint on Craton Destruction


October 24
Dr. Robert Tipping, Minnesota Geological Survey
A Hydrogeologic Framework for Water Planning - Twin Cities Metropolitan Area
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October 31 - no seminar - GSA


November 7                       
Dr. Lee Kump, Penn State University, Department of Geosciences
Oxygenation of Earth's Atmosphere
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November 14           
Dr. Alexis Navarre-Sitchler, Colorado School of Mines, Department of Geology and Geological Engineering
Geochemical Consequences of CO2 Leakage into Shallow Water Aquifers
(Our apologies, but due to technical difficulties, this seminar was not recorded.)
Friday, Nov 15, 11:15 a.m., 121 PillsH
Neutron Scattering as a Tool to Evaluate Porosity and Surface Area in Geological Samples



November 21           
Dr. David George, USGS, Cascades Volcano Observatory
Modelling and Simulating Hazardous Shallow Surface Flows, from tsunamis to landslides
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November 28 - no seminar- Thanksgiving Holiday


December 5  - IODP Distinguished Lecturer
Dr. Jennifer Biddle, University of Delaware, College of Earth, Ocean, and the Environment
Microbial Life in the Subsurface: Letting the Sequences Tell the Story


December 12  -  no seminar – AGU and finals week