Distinguished Speaker Series 2012-13

Fall 2012

August 28th
Reconstructing thermocline depth in the South Atlantic subtropical gyre during the Pliocene-Pleistocene
Kathryn Kynett
MS Thesis Defense

September 4th
Welcome to the new academic year party

September 11
Tectonic transitions at the end of the world: the Patagonian Andes
Karen Grove
Department of Geosciences, SFSU

September 18
Shelf margin to basin floor - the lower Tertiary sequences of Mount Diablo and the Sacramento Basin
Ray Sullivan
Department of Geosciences, SFSU

September 25
Summer field work in the Indian Himalaya
Leech Research Group (Emma Beck, Ozum Basta, and Ted Burlick)

October 2
Development of Engineered Materials for Groundwater Remediation
Bruce Manning
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, SFSU

October 9
Geologic carbon sequestration: Experimental and numerical evaluations of risks to freshwater aquifers
John McCray
Shimizu Visiting Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Stanford University
Civil and Environmental Engineering, Colorado School of Mines

October 16
Insights into the mechanics (and hazard) of earthquakes that rupture multiple faults
Betsy Madden
School of Earth Sciences, Stanford University

October 23
Salt-trap estuaries: morphology, hydrodynamics and water properties
John Largier
Bodega Marine Laboratory, UC Davis

October 30
Managing California’s Water:  From Conflict to Reconciliation
Beth Hanak
Public Policy Institute of California

November 6
No Speaker Series – GSA Meeting

November 13
Bubbles!! What can tephra tell us about Hawaiian fountains?
Wendy Stoval
Volcano Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey

November 20th
No Speaker Series – Fall Recess

November 27th
California’s Water Challenges and Future
Jay Lund
Center for Watershed Sciences, University of California – Davis
***Semi-annual Dawdy Lecture in the Hydrologic Sciences***

December 4th
No Speaker Series – Fall AGU meeting

December 11th - Student Presentations
The Use of COSMIC Satellite Data in the Study of the Synoptic Climatology of the Eastern Pacific
Victor Frank
MS thesis defense

Spring 2013

February 5th
Coastal/estuarine interactions: the modification of estuarine residual circulation by processes ranging from local turbulent mixing to offshore oceanic conditions and river plumes
Sarah N. Giddings, NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Washington School of Oceanography

February 12th
Using 19th century tide data to address 21st century problems
Stefan Talke, Assistant Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Portland State University

February 19th
What Lies Beneath: The Importance of Subsurface Dynamics in Coastal Upwelling Systems
Michael Jacox, Department of Ocean Sciences, UC Santa Cruz

February 26th
Changes in the annual cycle of Earth's surface temperature
Alexander Stine, Harvard University, Dept. Earth & Planetary Sciences

March 5th
Observations of the Surface Energy Balance from the Dry Valleys, Antarctica to an Iranian Desert
Andrew Oliphant, Professor, Department of Geography and Human Environmental Studies, SF State University

March 12th
Himalayan Granites
Mary Leech, Associate Professor, Department of Geosciences, SF State University

March 19th
Circulation of the glacial and deglacial Pacific from radiocarbon and tephras in deep-sea sediments
Mea Cook, Assistant Professor, Geosciences Department
Williams College, Massachusetts

April 2nd
***Semi-annual Dawdy Lecture in the Hydrologic Sciences***
California’s Water Challenges and Future
Jay Lund, Center for Watershed Sciences, University of California – Davis

April 9th
Ecosystem simplification in a high CO2 ocean: Forecasting the effects of ocean acidification using shallow water CO2 vents
Kristy Kroeker, Bodega Marine Lab, UC Davis

April 16th
Giant stromatolites, mass flows, fluid escape structures and flooding, Navajo Sandstone, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
Len Eisenberg, Geologist, Ashland Oregon

April 23rd
Thermodynamic properties of biomolecules and organic molecules at hydrothermal conditions
Jeffery Seitz, Professor, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences, CSU East Bay

April 30th
The Anomalous Coastline: New Brighton Beach to Elkhorn Slough, Santa Cruz County
Gerald Weber, Geologic Consultant

May 2nd (12:30- 2:00 pm) - M.S. Thesis Proposal Presentations
Controls on background metal concentrations in urbanized soils, San Francisco Bay Area
Michael Wrigley
Quasigeostrophic Diagnosis of an Explosively Developing Cyclone Along the Northern California Coast.
Geoff Roest
Quantifying Vadose Zone Controls on Climate Variability Signal Propagation and Groundwater Response
Elzie Velasco

May 7th (12:30- 2:00 pm) - M.S. Thesis Proposal Presentations
Origins of Water, San Francisco Bay
Maeve Daugharty
The Exhumation of the Greater Himalayan Sequence Along the Zanskar Shear Zone
Seniha Ozum Basta
Effects of Low Impact Development Design on Redox Dynamics in the Vadose Zone and Urban Groundwater
Mays Danfoura

May 14th (12:30-1 pm)
M.S. Thesis Proposal Presentation
P-T-t-d History of the Greater Himalaya Sequence in the Zanskar Shear Zone, NW India
Emma Beck

May 23rd  (12:30-2:30 pm)
M.S. Thesis Proposal Presentation
Vulnerability of Recently Recharged Groundwater in the California Coastal Basins to Nitrate Contamination
Gabriela Geyer

M.S. Thesis Defense
Recharge beneath land use and climate gradients, northern High Plains aquifer, USA
Zachary Lauffenburger

B.S. Thesis Defense
Constructing the Diagenetic History of a Dinosaur Bonebed near Rudyard, MT Using Calcite, Limonite, Septarian Siderite, and Iron-Rich Septarian Dolomite Concretions
Nicholas Aiello

The effect of chemical weathering on sediment resistance to mechanical wear in streams
Christopher Olson