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Monday Lecture Series

Department of Geosciences

Spring 2009

February 2

Dr. Zhe-Xi Luo, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, "Origins and the earliest evolution of mammals."

February 9

Professor Christopher Andronicos, Institute for the Study of the Continents, Cornell University, "Field Studies of Melt Transport in the Earth's Lithosphere."

February 16

Professor Sujoy Mukhopadhyay, Harvard University, "A "noble" view of mantle convection and mantle structure."

February 17 Katye Altieri, Rutgers University, "Links Between Complex Dissolved Organic Matter in Clouds, Aerosols, and Rainwater."

February 23

Professor John Shaw, Harvard University, "The 2008 (M 8) Wenchuan, China earthquake: Lessons learned about the Tibetan Plateau and earthquake hazards closer to home."

February 24

1 pm GFDL

David Medvigy, Duke University, "Modeling the Amazon hydroclimate: impacts of land surface heterogeneity."

February 24


Yoshihiro Kaneko, California Institute of Technology, "Investigations of earthquake source processes based on fault models with variable friction rheology."

February 25


David Medvigy, Duke University, "Understanding ecosystem-carbon-climate linkages on multiple scales."

March 2

Dr. Robert Hazen, Carnegie Institution of Washington, "Mineralogical Co-Evolution of the Geo- and Biospheres."

March 3

12:30 p.m.

Professor David Schrag, Harvard University, "New Geochemical Constraints on Methane Production from Terrestrial Wetlands."

March 9


Lowell Miyagi, University of California, Berkeley, "Understanding Deformation in the Deep Earth Through Texture and Anisotropy."

March 9

Professor Peter Kelemen , Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, "Capture and storage of C02 via in situ mineral carbonation in mantle peridotite."

March 11


Ryan Ewing, The University of Texas, Austin, "Complex behavior in aeolian dunes."  
March 16 Break
March 23

Dr. Mary Jane Perry, Darling Marine Center, University of Maine, "Gliding through the spring bloom: a new approach for studying ocean carbon flux."

March 24 Noelle Selin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, TBD

March 30

Professor David Marchant, Boston University, "Landscapes within Antarctica's polar deserts: clues to changing climates on Earth and Mars."

April 6

Professor Kurt Cuffey, University of California, Berkeley, "Some Cool Thoughts About Ice on a Warming Earth."

April 7


Peter Cox, University of Exeter, "Climate feedbacks and tipping points associated with the land biosphere."

April 8


Rm. 209

Peter Cox, University of Exeter, "Modeling the direct effects of atmospheric pollutants on the land carbon sink."

April 13

Professor Bill Dietrich , University of California, Berkeley, "Is there a topographic signature of life on Earth?

April 20

Dr. Jerry McManus, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, "The climatic impact of changes in the Atlantic's meridional overturning circulation."

April 22

Wed. 12N

Jonathan Mitchell, Institute for Advanced Study, "The climate dynamics of Titan."

April 28

Tues. 4 p.m.

Dr. Stephan Fueglistaler, University of Cambridge, " Stratospheric water vapour: Enigma or Rosetta stone?"

April 29

Wed. 2 p.m.


Dr. Stephan Fueglistaler, University of Cambridge, " Stratospheric water vapour: Enigma or Rosetta stone?"
April 27

Professor Eli Tziperman, Harvard University, "Dinosaur forecast: cloudy, and other lessons from past warm climates."

May 6


Professor Geoffrey Vallis, Princeton University, "Meridional Energy Transport in the Climate System."

May 28

Thursday 12N

Rachel Stanley, Princeton University, "Investigating the Carbon Cycle in the Equatorial Pacific Ocean."

*Unless noted, all seminars are held on Monday at 4:00 p.m. in Guyot 220.