2009-2010 Earth Science Colloquium Schedule

Fall 2009

September 11 Jun Korenaga  (Yale University) "Scaling of Plate Tectonics and Its Implication for Global Water Cycle"

September 18:  Eric Sanderson ( Mannahatta Project ) "On Muir Webs and Mannahatta:  Ecological Networks in the Service of New York City’s Historical Ecology"

September 25:  Meg Urry , Diversity Lecture

October 2: Jardetzky Lecture  Sallie W. Chisholm (MIT)   "Too Small to See, Too Big to Ignore: What Prochlorococcus Has Taught Me About Life and the Ocean"

October 9:   Ross Edwards (Desert Research Institute) "Increased Tropical Fire Emissions During the Medieval Warm Period: Evidence From a West Antarctic Ice-Core"

October 16: Eric Calais (Purdue University) "Geodetic Constraints on Rifting processes in East Africa"

October 23: Special Event - A Celebration Recognizing Bill Ryan’s Contributions to Science and Research at
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

October 30:  Dan Penny (University of Sidney) “Assessing Resilience of Past Societies to Climatic Change: The Case of Angkor’s 15th Century Collapse and Reorganization”

November 6:   Claudia Dreifus (The New York Times) "Why Scientists Are The Greatest People In This Or Any Other Universe and Why They Should Tell People About it?"

November 13:  John Delaney (University of Washington) "The Ocean Observatory Initiative: On the Threshold of Next Generation Ocean Science"

November 20: Michael Bender (Princeton University) "Links Between CO2 and Climate Throughout Earth History--A Survey"

November 27: Thanksgiving

December 4 -January 15: AGU/ Winter break


Spring 2010

January 22:  Jack Williams (University of Wisconsin-Madison) "Climatic and Herbivory Controls on the Late-Glacial No-Analog Plant Communities of the Upper Midwest"

January 29:   Simon Klemperer (Stanford University) " Rupturing Continental Lithosphere in the Main Ethiopian
Rift: a hot plume meets a cold craton"

February 5:     Vince Matthews (Colorado Geological Survey) " The Global Scramble for Natural Resources —Its Potential Impact on America " - Click here for speaker bio.

February 12:   Douglas Burbank (UC Santa Barbara) "Does Rainfall Build Ranges? The Role of the Indian Monsoon in Himalaya Orogenesis"

February 19:   Nadine McQuarrie (Princeton University)  "Himalayan Mass Balance, A Bhutan Perspective".

February 26:   Nathan Bangs (University of Texas at Ausitn) "The complex Down Dip Evolution of the Nankai Seismogenic Zone Offshore SW Japan"

March 5:           Bruce Watson (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) "Zircon As A Window Into Earth's Earliest History".

March 12:         Michael Follows  (MIT) "Patterns of Phytoplankton Diversity in a Model Ocean"

March 19:       Spring Break

March 26:        Chris Bretherton   (University of Washington) "Mechanisms of Subtropical Low Cloud Feedback on Climate Change"

April 2:           Omar Yaghi (UCLA) "Metal-Organic Frameworks and the 'Gene' for Carbon  Dioxide Capture"

April 9:           Michael Evans (University of Maryland) "A Way Forward in Proxy-Based Climate Field Reconstructions"

April 16:           Special event

April 23:          Cin-Ty Lee (Rice University) "The Birth, Death and Legacy of Arcs on Continent Formation/Evolution"

April 30:           Jeff Kiehl (NCAR) "Simulating Earth's Past Warm Eocene Climate: What Does It Tell Us about Earth's Future?"

May 7:              Storke Memorial Lecture - Randy Udall   (Consulting Energy Analyst) " The Carbon Shuffle and the Energy Challenge "

May 14:           Douglas Wiens (Washington University in St. Louis) "Antarctic Seismology: Constraints on the History and Dynamics of an Ice-Covered Continent"

June 4:            Sean Solomon (Carnegie Institution of Washington) "MESSENGER Mission to Mercury"