Distinguished Speaker Series 2011-12

Fall 2011

August 30th
Welcome to the new academic year party

September 6
The 12 January 2010 Haiti earthquake: A geological perspective
Carol Prentice
Earthquake Science Center, USGS Menlo Park

September 13
The COCONet project. An international and interdisciplinary collaboration to advance science in the Caribbean basin
Oswaldo Garcia
Department of Geosciences, SFSU

September 20
pH variability along the eastern Pacific coast and ocean acidification impacts on calcifying foundation species
Ann Russell
Department of Geology, UC Davis

September 27
The World Has Changed - The Bright Future for Mineral Resources
Jonathan Price
State Geologist and Director, Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology

October 4
Examining coastal groundwater exchange using geochemical tracers and electrical resistivity
Peter Swarzenski
US Geologic Service, Santa Cruz

October 11

October 18
On the dynamics of the California Undercurrent
Chris Edwards
Department of Ocean Sciences, UC Santa Cruz

October 25
High Impact Weather and Decision Support
David Reynolds
Meteorologist in Charge, National Weather Service, San Francisco Bay Area

November 1
Effects of climate change on global groundwater resources - Major findings and recommendations
Jason Gurdak
Department of Geosciences, SFSU

November 8
Three-dimensional thrust wedge deformation: Integrating field analysis with a kinematic-based mathematical model for the Moine thrust zone, NW Scotland
Matty Mookerjee
Department of Geology, Sanoma State University

November 15
The evolution of floodplain complexity
Tom Dunne
Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, UC Santa Barbara
***Semi-annual Dawdy Lecture in the Hydrologic Sciences***

November 22
No Speaker Series – Fall Recess

November 29 - Student presentations
Influence of Flatland Geology on Background Arsenic in the San Francisco Bay Region
Dylan Duverge, MS thesis defense

December 13  – Student presentations
Early warning geochemical indicators of seawater intrusion, Westside Basin aquifer, San Francisco, California
Carl Martin,  BS thesis defense

Extent of Dry-Cleaning Contamination on Water Quality, Westside Basin, San Francisco, CA
Colette Meremonte,  MS thesis proposal

An EBSD study of eclogite-facies pseudotachylite-bearing shear zones, northern Norway
Deborah Shulman, MS thesis defense

Spring 2012

January 31st
Earthquakes and Water (and why the LUSI mud eruption was not caused by an earthquake)
Michael Manga
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, UC Berkley

February 7th
An Integrated Investigation of the Weyburn-Midale Geologic Carbon Storage Reservoir-Consequences of CO2-enhanced reactivity
Meagan Smith
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

February 14th
The Mystery of Terroir-the Relationship of Geology, Soils, and Climate to Wine
Scott Burns
Portland State University

February 21st
Assessing the Quality of California's Public Supply Acquifers
Ken Belitz
Cheif of the Groundwater Ambient Monitoring and Assessment Program
US Geological Survey, San Diego

February 28th
Cold Cases in Geology: the Cretaceous-Tertiary Boundary Revisited
Paul Renne
UC Berkley

March 6th
March 6th
Improving California Wind Power with High-Resolution Meteorological Observations
Sonia Wharton
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

March 13th
Modeling Oceanic Internal Waves: Why we should care about Nonhydrostatic Effects
Sean Vitousek
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University

March 20th
No speaker series: Spring Break

March 27th
North Pacific Sea Surface Temperatures Since the Late Miocene
John LaRiviere
Department of Ocean Science, UC Santa Cruz

April 3rd
Applications of Quaternary Geology and Soil Stratigraphy to Engineering Projects: Case Studies from California
Roy Shleman
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA

April 10th
Large-scale hydrothermal circulation through most of the seafloor: insights from drilling, observatories, surveys and models
Andy Fisher
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, UC Santa Cruz

April 17th ***Semi-annual Dawdy Lecture in the Hydrologic Sciences***
Flood Prediction in a Changing Climate: State of the Science and Future Challenges

Vijay Gupta
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado at Boulder

April 24th - Student presentation

Geophysical evidence for Quaternary deformation within the offshore San Andreas Fault System, Northern California

Brian Stozeck – MS Thesis Defense

May 1st - Student presentations

Recharge Beneath Low Impact Development and the Effects of Climate Variability

Michelle Newcomer – MS Thesis Defense

Bedrock Erodibility and Fluvial Abrasion: A mechanistic grain-scale approach to downstream fining in rivers

Jonathan Beyeler – MS Thesis Defense

May 8th - Student presentations
Segregation Ice Growth: A potential mechanism for the widening of bedrock rivers
Larry Alden, MS Thesis Proposal

Error Propagation and Uncertainty in Predictions of Nonpoint-Source Nitrate Contamination in Groundwater
Zi Zi Searles, MS Thesis Proposal

Productivity Along the California Margin Through the Last 5 Million Years
Valerie Schwartz, MS Thesis Proposal

May 15th - Student presentations
Carla Rosa, MS Proposal

A Comprehensive Survey of Buoyancy and Shear Parameters for California Tornadoes: 1951-2011
Chris Stumpf, MS Thesis Defense

Rip Current Evolution at the Northern End of Ocean Beach, San Francisco, California
Rochelle Dewyer, MS Thesis Proposal

May 17th - Student presentations
Kathryn Kynett, MS Thesis Defense

Quantifying upwelling conditions in the early Pliocene warm period using biogenic grain size analysis
Jenny Miles, BS Thesis Proposal

Aileen Chea, MS Thesis Proposal

May 18th - Student presentations
Bedrock Erodibility and Fluvial Abrasion: A mechanistic grain-scale approach to downstream fining in rivers
Jonathan Beyeler, MS Thesis Defense

Jillian Amaya