Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Newton Horace Winchell School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Spring 2019 Department Seminars

Seminars are presented on Thursdays at 4:00 p.m. in B20 Tate Hall (unless otherwise noted), followed by refreshments. 


*Monday seminars will be held in room 101 Tate Hall at 4pm, followed by refreshments.


If you have any questions, please contact the Department of Earth Sciences front office at 612-624-1333 or by e-mail at


January 24

Dr. Clara Chan, University of Delaware, Department of Geological Sciences

The tiniest architects on Earth: How microbes make minerals


January 31
Dr. Scott Wing, Adjunct Professor, University of Maryland and Adjunct Curator, University of Michigan

Biotic and climatic response to carbon release at the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum


February 4 *


Dr. Grace Andrews, University of Southampton, Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton 
Keeping the Earth a happy home: How chemical weathering controls long-term climate and could combat modern climate change



February 7

Dr. Xinyuan Zheng, University of Wisconsin, Department of Geoscience

Deciphering “redox anomalies” of past oceans using isotopes



February 14

Dr. Ann Dunlea, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry

Rethinking the role of the seafloor in ocean chemistry and long-term climate



February 18 *


Dr. Xingchen (Tony) Wang, Califorina Institute of Technology, Simons Foundation

Coral as a new archive of the marine N cycle: From the ice age to the Anthropocene


February 21-No seminar


February 28
Dr. Alvaro Fernandez Bremer, ETH Zurich,  Department of Earth Sciences
Paleoclimate reconstructions across three prominent Phanerozoic hyperthermals



March 7
Dr. Roger Fu, Harvard University, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Exploring planet formation and the early Earth using a new generation of paleomagnetic tools



March 14

Dr. Laura Lautz, Syracuse University

Salinity and methane in groundwater in the Marcellus Shale region



March 21- Spring Break- No Seminar


March 28-No Seminar


April 4
Dr. Jane Willenbring, University of California-San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Not Feeling the Buzz: Tectonics - Not Climate - Limits Heights of Mountains


Special Seminar- April 4th

12pm-1pm, Tate Hall, Room 401-20

Dr. Jerome Neufeld, University of Cambridge

Under the geological rug: the fluid dynamics of geological carbon storage


April 11
Dr. Jonathan Bloch, University of Florida, Florida Museum of Natural History, Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology

Implications of immigrant arrival times during the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum for mammal habitat specificity


April 18
Dr. Vadim Levin, Rutgers University, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Recently Formed Mantle Upwelling Beneath New England: How Vadim got his plume back


April 22- Special Seminar*

Dr. Valerie Fox, Department of Geological and Planetary Sciences at the California Institute of Technology

Such a Curiosity: Exploring the aqueous history of Gale Crater, Mars with the Mars Science Laboratory


April 25
Dr. Steve Loheide, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Groundwater Mediation of Ecohydrologic Processes in Agriculturally-dominated Ecosystems


May 2
*A.O.C. Nier Lecture*

*special seminar held in B50 Tate Hall

Dr. Kenneth Farley, California Institute of Technology, Division of Geological and Planetary Science

Explorations on Mars: Curiosity, Mars 2020, and Mars Sample Return