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Lecture Series

Department of Geosciences

Fall 2009



September 22

Professor Edward Garnero,  Arizona State University,   "Tracking mantle dynamics with high resolution seismology,"  Host: Jeroen Tromp

September 29

Associate Professor Sara Seager, MIT,  "Extrasolar Planets and the Search for Habitable Worlds, " Host: Frederik Simons

October 6

Professor Paul Olsen, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, " A Roadmap for Empirical Mapping of the Chaotic Behavior of the Solar System and its Implications," Host: Adam Maloof

October 13 Professor James Kennett,  University of California, Santa Barbara, "Environmental and Biotic Consequences of Major Cosmic Impact over North America, 12,900 years ago,"  Host: Michael Bender

October 20


October 27

Professor Peter Molnar, University of Colorado,  "Orographic controls on paleoclimate of Asia: Thermal and mechanical roles for the Tibetan Plateau," Host: George Philander

November 3

November 10

Associate Professor Drew Coleman, University of North Carolina, "How the pluton got its volcano, and other 'Just So' stories from modern petrology," Host: Nadine McQuarrie

November 17

Dr. Mark Norell, American Museum of Natural History, "T he origin of birds- different perspectives and new developments," Host: Gerta Keller

November 24

Professor Eugene Humphreys, University of Oregon, " North America dynamics and western U.S. tectonics: Making sense of upper mantle tomography," Host:: Allan Rubin

December 1

Associate Professor Sarah Stewart-Mukhopadhyay, Harvard University, "Dynamic Fault Weakening and the Formation of Large Impact Craters,"  Host: Jeroen Tromp

December 1

4:30 p.m.

Bonnie Chang, University of Washington, "Fixed nitrogen loss from the major oxygen deficient zones of the ocean determined from measurements of N2:Ar," Host: Silvia Bulow

December 7

4:30 p.m.

Amy Hofmann, Caltech, " NanoSIMS analyses of sub-micron-scale trace element distributions in zircon"
December 8 Alex Pullen, University of Arizona, " Triassic Mediterranean-style closure of the Paleo-Tethys Ocean"

December 21

Maximilian Werner, ETH Zurich, TBD

*Unless noted, all seminars are held on Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. in Room 220.