Biology & Paleo Environment Events

Current BPE seminar organizing committee: Lorelei CurtinFrancesco MuschitielloJan-Erik Tesdal

Time and Location: Mondays at 1 pm, Comer Seminar Room


Next seminar:

05/08/17: Sarah Hamylton, University of Wollongong

"Spatial Analysis of Coastal Environments: mapping, monitoring and modelling collaborations at Lamont"


It is a time for creative ingenuity in environmental research. Coastal environments are some of the most dynamic and populated places on Earth and now, more than ever, questions focused on conservation and climate change need to be answered through more than objective, systematic scientific enquiry. In this talk I invite collaboration with Lamont researchers within the broad topic area of spatial analysis of coastal environments. This is the subject of my book, published last month, which provides the analytical tools to map, monitor and model coastal features (the ‘Three M’s of spatial analysis’). These tools enable ‘analytical creativity’, the use of original, critical ideas to follow new lines of enquiry. Analytical creativity lies at the heart of experimental design, model specification and validation, playing an important part at every stage of scientific knowledge production.

Following the three M’s of spatial analysis, I will use a mapping case study from Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory to show how Marie Tharp’s ocean floor maps provided important evidence within broader scientific debates about plate tectonics. Through a monitoring case study of shoreline erosion at Nantucket Islands and a modelling case study of corals on the Great Barrier Reef, I outline theoretical principles underpinning spatial analysis. Collectively these illustrate how recent developments in remote sensing technology, geographical information science and spatial statistics can be used to apply enduring and fundamental spatial analysis principles. I summarise how I hope to think creatively and critically to analyse coastal phenomena during my time at Lamont, and invite collaboration with interested researchers.



Spring 2017:

Date Speaker Title
Jan 23rd Gerry Rustic
Means and Extremes: ENSO variability over the last 1000 (and 100,000) years from individual foraminifera
Jan 30th Karina Shäfer
Methane and carbon dioxide dynamics in mitigated and non-mitigated urban tidal wetlands
Feb 6th Joshua Spodek
Leadership, Science, Climate, and Human Behavior
Feb 20th Senjie Lin
SEND (sex, energy, nutrients, defense): a power toolkit for dinoflagellates to thrive
Feb 27th Pratigya Polissar
The Boring Millions? Vegetation, Atmospheric CO2, and Climate Revolutions of the Late Miocene
Mar 6th Jennifer Marlon
Global Paleofire and Northeast Regional Paleoclimate: Insights from Syntheses of Sediment Records
Mar 13th Sam Phelps
Dissertation Proposal
Mar 20th Katie Snell
Hot and high times in the western US: Paleoclimate and Paleoelevation, 80 Ma to Present
Mar 27th Hilary Palevsky
The influence of winter ventilation on the biological pump and ocean carbon uptake
Apr 3rd Andrew Griffith
Stony Brook
Interactive and transgenerational effects of climate change stressors on early life-stage marine shellfish and finfish
Apr 10th Matt Harke
Tracking Microeukaryotes: Resource Responses and Periodic Expression of Diatoms in the Oligotrophic Ocean
Apr 21st Daven Henze
Remote sensing constraints on aerosol and greenhouse gas emissions
Apr 24th Jennifer Hertzberg
Evidence for a Biological Pump Driver of Atmospheric CO2 Rise during Heinrich Stadial 1
May 1st Carlos Tornero
Sequential isotopic (δ13C and δ18O) analysis in sheep tooth enamel: inferring breeding strategies and altitudinal herd movements
May 8th Sarah Hamylton
Spatial Analysis of Coastal Environments: mapping, monitoring and modelling collaborations at Lamont