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DeFord Lecture Series

DeFord Lecture Series Speaker Schedule

The DeFord (Technical Sessions) lecture series has been a requirement and a tradition for all graduate students since the late 1940s. Once the official venue for disseminating DGS graduate student research, the DeFord Lecture series is now the forum for lectures by distinguished visitors and members of our community. Faculty and researchers from the Jackson School have invited prestigious researchers from around the world to present a lecture in this series. This is made possible only through a series of endowments.

The list below shows all scheduled talks this semester. If you would like to meet with any of the speakers, please contact them or their hosts directly.

Talks are given from 3:45-4:45PM in JGB 2.324 (Boyd Auditorium) with cookies and coffee provided around 3:15-3:30 PM.

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DeFord Lecture Series Speaker Schedule Spring 2019

Date Speaker/Affiliation Field/Title Hosts (if applicable) Lectureship (if applicable)
Mar. 14 Sonia I. Seneviratne

ETH Zurich

Climate change and extreme events, droughts, hot extremes
Climate feedbacks and memory effects
Climate and land surface modelling, new approaches to model validation
Zong-Liang Yang The Judd H. and Cynthia S. Oualline Centennial Lectureship in Geological Sciences
Mar. 28 Brian Romans

Virginia Tech

use of deep-sea sediments to study Cenozoic ocean circulation. Sedimentology, paleooeanography, paleoclimatology, paleobiology, environment change Jake Covault Edwin Allday Lectureship in Geological Sciences
Apr. 4 Christie Rowe

McGill University, Canada

Geology of faults; observational field geology, structural geology, metamorphic petrology, economic geology, geochemistry, and geophysics to study processes which generate earthquakes and create ore deposits. Alissa Kotowski and Catherine Ross The Robert H. Cuyler Endowed Lecturer
Apr. 11 Gabriel Bowen

University of Utah

links between biology and geology; understanding natural environmental change; observation and modeling of the current state of the environment and changes therein; light stable isotope ratio analysis, geochemical modeling, and GIS. WCE group The Fred L. and Frances J. Oliver Lectureship in Texas Hydrology and Water Resources
Apr. 18 Marcello Coradini

Cyprus Space Exploration Organisation (CSEO), S3 – Space Systems Solutions, ASI (Italian Space Agency) Associate

Mars has lost most of its water. Recently, the analysis of the data returned by the MARSIS penetrating radar on board Mars Express has shown that liquid water exists in the Martian underground Elizabeth Catlos
Apr. 25 Freya George

Carleton College


Rates and mechanisms of metamorphic garnet crystallization in the Sikkim Himalaya, NE India Rich Ketcham