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Geoscience Colloquium

The Spring 2017 colloquia will take place in NES 323 (Environmental Science Building) on Friday at 3:35 pm unless otherwise noted.

All are welcome.

Spring 2017

Date Speaker Title
January 13 Yujie Hu, Rice University Automated Delineation of Hospital Service Areas by Modularity Optimization
January 23
Fangwu Wei, Arizona State University

Special Time and Location:

3:30 pm in CMC 147, the Advanced Visualization Auditorium

Title: The Nexus of GIScience, Informatics and Transport: Exploring the Spatiotemporal Trends in Air Fares and Itinerary Pricing
January 27 Xiang 'Peter' Chen, Arkansas Tech University Space, Time and Context: Reframing the Urban Foodscape
February 3 Ramón Arrowsmith, Arizona State University Sharpening our view of active faulting processes with high resolution topography
February 10 Darwin Day speaker: Mandë Holford, Hunter College Mollusks to Medicine: Discovery, Characterization and Delivery of venom compounds from predatory marine snails
February 17 Lawrence D. Meinert, editor, Economic Geology Rare Earth Elements: History, Technology and Ore Deposits
February 24 TBA
March 3 Stefan Lachowycz, Carnegie Institution Influence of Ice on Arc Volcanism
March 10 Friday before Spring Break
March 17 No Colloquium - Spring Break
March 24 Jacob Selander, Whitman College Fault Connectivity (or Lack Thereof?) in the Mojave Desert, California
March 31
USF Geosciences in association with Best of Karst presents Harvey DuChene, Karst Waters Institute Tectonic Influences on Petroleum Migration and Speleogenesis in the Guadalupe Mountains, New Mexico and Texas
April 7 Jeffrey Freymueller, University of Alaska - Fairbanks TBA
April 14 J. Peter Brosius, University of Georgia
April 21 Tim Conway TBA
April 28 Reading Day - last day of classes
May 5 Finals week

Fall 2016

Date Speaker Title
August 26 First week of classes
September 2 Joanne Heslop, University of Alaska - Fairbanks Thermokarst lakes and methane production from organic matter

Cancelled because of inclement weather

September 16 Herb Maschner, USF CVAST The Paleoecology and Biocomplexity of the Western Alaska Peninsula
September 30 David Kaplan, University of Florida Socio-ecohydrology of a dammed Amazon
October 7 Nic Kooyers Adaptive responses to changing climates: Understanding the prevalence, pattern and processes associated with physiological adaptation in a widespread monkeyflower
October 12
Darcy Lecture Series in Groundwater Science presents Ty Ferre, University of Arizona
Special Time and Location:
5:00 pm in CMC 147, the Advanced Visualization Auditorium


"Seeing Things Differently: Rethinking the Relationship Between Data, Models and Decision-Making"
October 14 Suzette Morman, USGS Mineral Resources Program Geological Influence in Interdisciplinary Science: In Vitro Bioaccessibility Analysis
October 21 Richard S. Mbatu, USF St. Petersburg Fieldwork Experience Abroad: Collecting Data for Forest Community Integration and Collective Agency in Korup National Park, Cameroon: Interactions with Forest Policies and the REDD+ Mechanism
October 28 Lily Lewis, Switzer Foundation Conservation, dispersal and genetic structure of high latitude bryophytes
November 4 Cathy Busby, University of California - Davis Anatomy of a Long-Lived Oceanic Arc
November 11 No Colloquium - Veterans Day
November 18 Theresa Garvin, University of Alberta Minerals, Oil & Gas: Community Perceptions and Responses to Resource Extraction Activity in Africa and Canada
December 2 Last day of classes

Spring 2016

Date Speaker Title
January 15 Thomas Wahl, USF Marine Science Changing coastal flooding and erosion risk in the U.S. - when one plus one is not two
January 22 Fred W. Schroeder, American Association of Petroleum Geologists Using seismic data to extend the life of an oil field
January 29 Lewis A. Owen, University of Cincinnati Everest revisited and the Quaternary glaciation of the Himalayas and Tibet
February 5 Paul G. Harnik, Franklin & Marshall College Extinctions with and without us: paleontological baselines for evaluating extinction risk in the modern oceans
February 12 Eric Kirby, Oregon State University Geomorphic insights into the patterns and processes of active deformation in Tibet
February 19 Robert Brinkmann, Hofstra University Sustainable Development Goals: Assessing Assessment in a Complex World
February 26 Bill Kleindl, Montana State University Teasing out climate perturbations, human disturbance, and natural variation in large montane river systems
March 4 Geoffrey Donovan, US Forest Service Urban-tree benefits: from the intuitive to the surprising
March 11 Aurélie Germa, USF Geosciences Long-term evolution of volcanic fields: inputs from geochronology, geomorphology and statistical analysis

Cancelled - will reschedule for Fall 2016

March 18 Spring Break
March 25 Jay L. Banner, University of Texas at Austin Past, Present and Future Climate Change Impacts on Water in a Semi-Arid Region: Science and Policy
March 30

CMC 147
4:30 - 5:30 pm

Distinguished Lecture Presented by GeoPRISMS:

Robert J. Stern, University of Texas at Dallas
Geoscientific Investigations of the Southern Mariana Trench and the Challenger Deep
April 1 Marianne Kramer, National Geo-Spatial Intelligence Agency The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency: Current Research and Collaboration Trends
April 8

CWY 206

Click here for map
J. Marshall Shepherd, University of Georgia Climate Change, Extreme Weather and Your Peninsula: what we know, don't know and should know
April 15 Justin Saarinen Western Lake Erie Restoration Assessment (WLERA): further understanding the potential and benefits of coastal wetland restoration
April 22
Fenda Akiwumi, USF Geosciences
Steven Reader, USF Geosciences
Earth Day
Integrated water Resources Management and Cultural Diversity
Proximity to Bus Rapid Transit and Real Estate Prices
April 29 Last day of Spring semester

Fall 2015


Date Speaker Title
September 4 Jeffrey G. Ryan, USF Geosciences The petrology and geochemistry of subduction initiation (and the making of ophiolites?): Some shipboard (and shore-based) science from IODP Expedition 352
September 25 Russell S. Kirby, USF Public Health Place Matters: A Geographer's Perspective on the Role of GIS and Spatial Analysis in Public Health
October 16 Mark Rains & Steve McNutt, USF Geosciences The Pebble Mine Alaska: Hydrology and Hazards
October 23 Gregg Brooks, Eckerd College Detecting Events in the Stratigraphic Record: US Virgin Islands and the BP Oil Spill
October 30 Sonja Behnke, Los Alamos National Labs When do volcanic eruptions make lightning? A report on the 2015 field campaign at Sakurajima volcano, Japan
November 6 Joanne Muller, FGCU Dept. of Marine and Ecological Sciences Intense Southwest Florida Hurricane Strikes over the Past 1,000 Years (click here for abstract)
November 13 Hussein A. Amery, Colorado School of Mines Threats to Water Security in the Arab Gulf States
November 20 Julia F. Irwin, USF History Catastrophic Diplomacy: The History of US Foreign Disaster Assistance
November 27 Thanksgiving Holiday
December 4 Last day of Fall semester classes

Spring 2015

Date Speaker Title
January 9 Zhen Liu, Jet Propulsion Laboratory Imaging plate boundary deformation using GPS and InSAR (see the flyer)
January 23 Brian F. Thomas, California Institute of Technology & Jet Propulsion Laboratory The Story of 'Rejected Discharge': The Role of Groundwater Processes in Watershed Function
January 30 Christa Kelleher, Duke University Exploring influences on hydrologic behavior: Integration of detailed observations, hydrologic modeling, and sensitivity analyses
February 10 Jason D. Gulley, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences, Michigan Technological University Exploring links between the conduit hydrology of glaciers and carbonate platforms

Time & Location: 2:00 pm in ISA 3048

February 13 Andrés Cárdenas, EAFIT University, Department of Earth Sciences, Medellín, Colombia Paleobiological Stories from the Neotropics
February 20
Dorien McGee, PhD 2010
Angela Dippold Beeson, MS 2009
Jeffrey Beeson, BS 2008
Jeffrey Brame, MS 1976

Continuing Pathways: What Four Alumni Are Doing Now:

Senior Petroleum Geologist, ExxonMobil Production Company
Water Laboratory Supervisor, Schlumberger Reservoir Labs
Geology and Geophysics, Oregon State University
President/Chief Scientist, Brame Geoscience LLC
March 6 Spring Break - No colloquium
March 13 Gregory M. Erickson, Florida State University, Dept. of Biological Science Did dinosaurs evolve dentitions rivaling mammals in biomechanical sophistication?
March 20 Andrew D. Czaja, Departments of Geology and Chemistry, University of Cincinnati Life in the Archean: Increasing the Diversity
March 27 Sébastien Leibrandt, Magma and Volcano Lab, Blaise Pascal University, Clermont-Ferrand, France Volcanic ash morphometry for explosive characterization and surveillance applications
April 3 Steve McNutt, USF Geosciences Peak Oil, Gold and the Economy
April 17 Steven Jaumé, Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences, College of Charleston, South Carolina Separated at Birth: The Charleston 1886 and Christchurch 2010/2011 Earthquakes
April 24 Michael S. Steckler, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Bangladesh: Natural Hazards in a Tectonically-Active Delta
May 1 Last day of Finals Week - no colloquium

Fall 2014

Date Speaker Title
August 21 Herbert Maschner, PhD, Department of Anthropology, Idaho State University Virtualization and the Democratization of Science: How 3D Technologies are Changing How we do Science (flyer with abstract)
Interdisciplinary Science Building (ISA) 7 th Floor 4:30 PM (reception to follow)
August 29 Mel Rodgers, PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Oxford Strengthening Resilience in Volcanic Areas using new techniques to handle large seismic datasets
September 12 Sonja Behnke, PhD, Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of South Florida What Volcanic Lightning Reveals about Volcanic Eruptions (flyer)
September 26 David Chapman, PhD, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Geology & Geophysics, University of Utah Geothermics of Climate Change (flyer)
October 10 Don Kaufman "The Elusive Nile: Explorers and the changing map of Africa" (flyer)
October 24 Shimon Wdowinski, PhD, Research Associate Professor, Miami University Increasing flooding frequency and accelerating rates of sea level rise in Miami Beach, Florida (flyer)
October 31 Calvin Alexander, University of Minnesota The Soudan Iron Mine: A Martian Karst Analog
November 14 Camelia Knapp, PhD, Professor, Dept. of Earth & Ocean Sciences, University of South Carolina Gas Hydrates: Bridge to an Energy Future (flyer)
November 21 colloquium cancelled
November 28 Thanksgiving
December 5 Giovanni Iannaccone, National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV), Napoli (Italy) Shallow Water Geophysical Monitoring of a Volcanic Area (Campi Flegrei, Southern Italy)

Spring 2014

Date Speaker Title
January 10 Dr. Nicolas Le Corvec, Universities Space Research Association (USRA) Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston, TX Structural and physical controls on monogenetic basaltic volcanism
January 17 -- Open -- -- Open --
January 24 Dr. Jim Schneider, Deputy Director, Nebraska Department of Natural Resources, USA "Hydrologically Connected" - Developing the Water Science to Implement Nebraska's Water Policies for Integrated Surface Water - Groundwater Management and Planning
January 31 -- Open -- -- Open --
February 7 Dr. Brian Tucker, GeoHazards International, Menlo Park, California Prototype Tsunami Evacuation Park in Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia
February 14 Dr. Ming Ye, Department of Scientific Computing, Florida State University Bayesian Approaches of Quantifying Model Uncertainty for Groundwater Contaminant Reactive Transport Modeling
February 21, 3:30pm Dr. Jacob Bleacher, Planetary Geodynamics Laboratory,NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, USA How explosive was ancient Mars?
February 28 Dr. Eric Horsman, Dept. of Geological Sciences, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC Snapshots of progressive magmatism in the shallow crust: Henry Mountains, Utah
March 3
Mary Crider, Education Associate, Arthur R. Marshall Foundation & Florida Environmental Institute Becoming an Everglades Steward through the Marshall Foundation Summer Intern Program
3:30-5:00 PM in the Marshall Student Center, MSC 3709
March 7 -- Open -- -- Open --
March 14 -- Spring Break -- -- Spring Break --
March 21 Dr. Michael Oskin, Department of Geology, University of California, Davis (Earthscope Speaker) Fault System Behavior Revealed in High-Resolution Topography
March 28 Dr. Laura Wallace, Institute for Geophysics, University of Texas, Austin Sticky or Slippery? Slow Slip and Interseismic Coupling at the Hikurangi Subduction Margin, New Zealand
April 4 Dr. Julia Kubanek, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany Application of bistatic SAR interferometry for volcano monitoring
April 11 Elisabeth (Libby) M. Hausrath, Department of Geoscience, University of Nevada, Las Vegas Phosphate on Mars Using Geochemistry to Interpret the potential habitability of Mars
April 18 -- TBA -- -- TBA --
April 25 Geology Alumni Society
Panel Discussion
So you think you want to be a Professional Earth Scientist after you graduate?
3:30-5:00 PM in the Advanced Visualizaton Auditorium, CMC 147

Fall 2013

Date Speaker Title
August 30 ---- ----
September 6 Dr. Jeffrey P. Du Vernay and Steven Fernandez, Alliance for Integrated Spatial Technologies, USF School of Geosciences Aerial and Terrestrial LiDAR Applications for Topographic Understanding
September 13 ---- ----
September 20 Dr. Penny Boston, Dept of Earth & Environmental Science, New Mexico Tech Caves As Integrated Systems: Life and Times in the Near Subsurface Critical Zone
September 27 ---- ----
October 4 Michal Kowalewski, Florida Museum of Natural History, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Florida Stratigraphic Applications of Mollusk Shells: Quantitative Paleoecology and AAR Geochronology of Quaternary Sequences of Po Plain
October 11 ---- ----
October 18 Ivana Blankenship, Tampa Bay Water Authority Tampa Bay Water; a regional wholesale water supplier
October 25 ---- ----
November 1 Darline Lot, USF PhD candidate Comparing Mass-Balance and Analytical Methods for Base Flow Separation
Tuesday, November 5 Prof Jurgen W Neuberg, University of Leeds, UK Conceptual models of volcanic seismicity - and their forecasting potential
1:30 pm in CMC 147 (visualization room)
November 8 ---- ----
November 15 Jim Schneider, Deputy Director, Nebraska Department of Natural Resources "Hydrologically Connected" - Developing the Water Science to Implement Nebraska's Water Policies for Integrated Surface Water - Groundwater Management and Planning
November 22 Dr. Xavier Comas,Department of Geosciences, Florida Atlantic University Characterizing carbon dynamics in the Everglades using hydrogeophysical methods
November 29 ---- ----
December 6 ---- ----

Spring 2013

Date Speaker Title
January 11 ---- ----
January 18 Dr. Kevin P. Furlong, Department of Geosciences, Penn State University, USA Should We Run For the Hills: Rethinking Subduction Zone Earthquakes
January 25 ---- ----
February 1 Dr. Josef Dufek, School of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA Multiphase Magmatism: From Crustal Construction to Eruptive Dynamics
February 8 Dr. Graham A. Tobin, Department of Geography, Environment and Planning, USF
Dr. Linda M. Whiteford, Department of Anthropology, USF
Modeling Chronic Volcano Hazards: Community Resilience and Social Networks
February 15 ---- ----
February 22 Dr. Lori S. Glaze, Planetary Geodynamics Laboratory, NASA, USA A new simulation approach for modeling inflated pahoehoe lava flows
March 1 Dr. Bernie Housen, Department of Geology, Western Washington University, USA Time to Bury the Resurrection Plate? Paleomagnetism of the Ghost Rocks volcanics, Kodiak Island
March 8 Dr. Don P. Chambers, College of Marine Science, USFSP Measuring and Understanding Modern-Day Sea Level Rise
March 15 -- Spring Break -- -- Spring Break --
March 22 Dr. Kenneth C. Jezek, School of Earth Sciences, Ohio State University, USA Airborne and Spaceborne Remote Sensing of the Cryosphere
March 29 ---- ----
April 5 Dr. Peter La Femina, Department of Geosciences, Penn State University, USA Deformation of the Western Caribbean
April 12 ---- ----
April 19 at 2:30pm Dr. Esteban Gazel, Department of Geosciences, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA Lithosphere vs. asthenosphere magma sources in the Basin and Range: Insights from the Big Pine Volcanic Field
April 19 at 4:00pm Dr. Georg Houben, Department of Geosciences, Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources, Hannover, Germany Part 1) Experiments and modeling of layered freshwater lenses
Part 2) Groundwater resources of the Kabul basin (Afghanistan)
April 26 -- open -- -- open --

Fall 2012

Date Speaker Title
September 14 Dr. Antonio Costa, INGV, Italy, University of Reading, UK Modeling of Distal Deposits from Super-Volcano Eruptions
October 5 Dominic Papineau, Boston College Carbonaceous material associated with apatite on Earth and Mars and implications for the origin of life
October 19 Dr. Tim Dixon, Denis Voytenko, Judy McIlrath, Dept. of Geology, USF Fieldwork in Greenland and latest results on melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet
October 26 --cancelled-- -- cancelled --
November 2 --open-- -- open --
November 9 Andrew Calvert, US Geological Survey Attaining high-resolution eruptive histories for active arc volcanoes. Examples from the Cascades and Alaska
November 16 Peter Valley Fluid alteration and magnetite-apatite mineralization of the Lyon Mountain granite: Adirondack Mountains, New York State
November 30 Dr. Jonathan Wynn, Dept. of Geology, USF Ocean Acidification
December 7 --open-- -- open --
December 14 --open-- --open--

Spring 2012

Date Speaker Title
Jan 27, 2012 Dr. Matthew S. Lachniet, Department of Geoscience, University of Nevada, Las Vegas A 2400-yr Rainfall Reconstruction for Mesoamerica Links Climate Change and Civilizations
Feb 10, 2012 Stephen Self, US Nuclear Regulatory Commission Environmental Effects of Super-eruptions
Feb 17, 2012 Prof. Richard Davis Sea level change in the Gulf of Mexico: Past, Present and Future
Feb 24, 2012 Dr. Louise Hose, Texas A&M University, College Station Lessons from Active, Sulfide-rich Caves: Did "snottites" play a role in forming Carlsbad Cavern, Lechuguilla, and other giant caverns of the world?
Mar 2, 2012 Dr. Dhananjay Ravat, University of Kentucky, Lexington The Magnetic Mystery of Mars
Mar 9, 2012 Dr. Ralf Gertisser, Keele University, Keele, Staffordshire, UK A Look Inside Merapi: Lessons from Past Eruptions and the Catastrophic Events of 2010
Mar 30, 2012 Dr. Steve McNutt, Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks Volcano Lightning
Apr 6, 2012 Dr. Drew S. Coleman, Department of Geological Sciences, Univerisity of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Missed Connection: Ignimbrite Seeking Plutonic Relationship
Apr 13, 2012 open - - - -
Apr 20, 2012 Michael J. Wightman, P. G., GeoView - A Geophysical Services Company, St. Petersburg, Florida Professional Geology Seminar (TBA)
Apr 27, 2012 Dr. Bryan Jackson, Carnegie Institution, Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Washington, DC Evaporated/ing cores of gas giants
May 4, 2012 open - - - -

Spring 2011

Date Speaker Title
Jan 14, 2011 Stephen Schellenberg, Dept. of Geological Sciences, San Diego State University Oceans of change: Redesigning a general-education oceanography course for online learning
Jan 28, 2011 Bruce McFadden, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida Miocene mammals of Panama: Tropical refugium of cradle of biodiversity?
Feb 12, 2011 Kazutaka Mannen, Visiting scientist at USF Geology Fuji Volcano: Geological background and latest eruption
Feb 25, 2011 Paul Umhoefer, Department of Geology, Northern Arizona University How plate tectonics works in the southern Gulf of California: A rapid birth in a hot setting
Mar 4, 2011 Peter Van Keken, Dept. of Geological Sciences, University of Michigan TBA
Apr 8, 2011 Zeresenay Alemseged, Department of Anthropology, California Academy of Sciences Hominins at Dikika, Ethiopia and their paleoecological context
Apr 15, 2011 Matt Haney, Boise State University Imaging shallow volcanic structure with multicomponent ambient noise tomography