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

Spring 2020 Seminar Schedule


Department seminars have been canceled for the rest of the spring semester. We will resume our seminar series in Fall 2020.


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



January 23rd

Dr. Joel Barker, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Minnesota

Carbon cycling in polar environments:  Implications for a warming world


January 30th

Dr. Kathleen Johnson, Department of Earth System Science, University of California- Irving

Monsoons, tropical rainfall, and climate change: A paleoclimate perspective from Southeast Asia


February 6th

Dr. Tina Nielsen, Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center

Managing a work life balance


February 13th

Dr. Chris Lowery, Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas- Austin

The Chicxulub Impact and the Resiliency of Life


February 20th

Dr. Emily Cooperdock, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Southern California

Unlocking the age of serpentinites with magnetite (U-Th)/He chronometry


February 27th

Dr. Chloë Bonamici, Department of Geoscience, University of Wisconsin- Madison

Titanite: A new understanding of an old U-Pb chronometer from microanalytical studies


March 5th

Dr. Laura Pyrak-Nolte, Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, Purdue University

The Centrality of Fracture Geometry


March 12th

-No Seminar-

Spring Break 


March 19th- CANCELED

Dr. Jennifer Macalady, Department of Geosciences, Penn State University

The Frasassi Biofilm Factory


March 26th- CANCELED

Dr. Alexis Ault, Department of Geology, Utah State University

Detecting earthquakes in the rock record with nanotextures and (U-Th)/He thermochronometry


April 2nd- CANCELED

Dr. Marc Hirschmann, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Title TBA


April 9th-CANCELED

Dr. Taylor Perron, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dynamic River Networks and Biodiversity


April 16th- CANCELED

Dr. Noah Planavsky, Department of Geology and Geophysics, Yale University

Title TBA


April 23rd- CANCELED

Dr. Leif Karlstom, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oregon

Title TBA


May 6th (Wednesday, May 6th)

A.O.C. Nier Lecture

This lecture has been canceled and rescheduled to the Fall 2020 lecture series. Date TBA

Dr. Robin Canup, Space Science and Engineering Division, Southwest Research Institute

Title TBA