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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 the 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 3:45-4:50PM in JGB 2.324 (Boyd Auditorium) with cookies and coffee provided around 3:20-3:30 PM.

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DeFord Lecture Series Speaker Schedule Fall 2019

Date Speaker/Affiliation Field/Title Hosts (if applicable) Lectureship (if applicable)
Oct. 10 Liviu Matenco

Universiteit Utrecht

Deans Office Reception to follow talk

Indentation and transfer of deformation between different orogenic systems: observations and models from the greater Adria – Pannonian – Carpathians system

Sedimentary basins formation and evolution; Long-term sediment dynamics and coupling with anthropogenic systems; Orogenic structure and coupling with sedimentary basins; Lithosphere dynamics; Evolution of tectonic-driven sedimentary sequences; Source to Sink.

Cornel Olariu The Judd H. and Cynthia S. Oualline Centennial Lectureship in Petroleum Geology
Oct. 17 Chris Bell

UT Austin

Pleistocene Manatees…. In Texas!!

Complex dynamics of vertebrate faunal communities during the Quaternary; investigating patterns of vertebrate evolution, biodiversity and biogeography throughout the Quaternary, and the responses of different vertebrate groups to the various changes in climate that took place during the last two million years.

Oct. 22


 Sharon Mosher

UT Austin

Universal Skills for Geoscience Graduate Student Success in the Workforce

Presenting the results of a NSF- sponsored national initiative to identify the skills and competencies that should be part of graduate geoscience education for Ph.D. & M.S. students in Earth, Ocean, & Atmospheric Sciences and the best means of developing these in graduate geoscience programs nationally.  The results include significant input from employers and heads and chairs of geoscience departments.

Oct. 31 Zoltan Sylvester

UT Austin

Sedimentology and stratigraphy of clastic sedimentary systems; Stratigraphic forward modeling and its applications in reservoir modeling; Seismic stratigraphy and interpretation of three-dimensional seismic data; Sediment gravity flows and their deposits; Reproducible scientific computing in geology Jake Covault N/A
Dec. 5 P. David Polly

Indiana University Bloomington

Deans Office Reception to follow talk

Hip deep in giant snakes
climate, environment, and the evolution of the vertebrate body planPhylogenetics, macroecology, and evolution of mammals, squamates, birds, dinosaurs, and other vertebrates (sometimes invertebrates too). Expertise in morphometrics, quantitative evolution, phylogenetics, and ecometrics.
Matthew A. Brown Clara Jones Langston Centennial Lectureship in Vertebrate Paleontology
More speakers to be updated soon

DeFord Lecture Series Speaker Schedule Spring 2019

Date Speaker/Affiliation Field/Title Hosts (if applicable) Lectureship (if applicable)
Jan. 23 Jessica (JC) Creveling

Oregon State University

sea-level change throughout Earth’s ice ages, and attendant paleoceanographic, paleoclimatological, and paleoecological shifts; integrates field observation of the sedimentary record with global geophysical numerical models to refine estimates of past sea level heights for both warmer and colder intervals in Earth’s history Rowan Martindale The Judd H. and Cynthia S. Oualline Centennial Lecturer in Geological Sciences
Jan. 30 Gary Mavko

Stanford University


relationships between geophysical measurements and the rock and fluid properties; impact of rock type, porosity, pore fluids, temperature, and stress on seismic wave propagation and electromagnetic response Eric Goldfarb Robert H. Cuyler Endowed Lecture Series
Feb. 6 Brett Carpenter

University of Oklahoma

how fault structure and small-scale processes affect large scale fault and crustal behavior; behavior of earth materials at shallow to central crustal conditions, where destructive earthquakes originate and propagate Nicola Tisato N/A
Feb. 13 A. Joshua West

University of Southern California

Carbon cycle processes, including feedbacks between climate, tectonics, and erosion and the role of weathering. isotope geochemistry. sulfides. Daniella Rempe/Thorsten Becker The Judd H. and Cynthia S. Oualline Centennial Lecturer in Geological Sciences
Feb. 20 Steven Loheide

University of Wisconsin-Madison

hydroecology/ ecohydrology of groundwater dependent ecosystems; hydrologic consequences of climate change; vegetative water use/vegetation patterning; sustainable land-use practices; human interaction with aquatic ecosystems; green infrastructure Ashley Matheny The Fred L. and Frances J. Oliver Lectureship in Texas Hydrology and Water Resources
Apr. 9 Andres Folguera

Universidad de Buenos Aires

Integrates continental tectonics with volcanology, plate reconstructions, and marine geophysics. Brian Horton Edwin Allday Lectureship in Geological Sciences
Apr. 16 Beata Csatho

University of Buffalo

Monitoring ice sheet mass balance and ice dynamics to understand ongoing rapid cryospheric changes; combining geophysical, remote sensing, climate and glaciological observations to understand the linkages between subglacial geology and ice sheet dynamics; reconstructing cryospheric changes from historical observations; developing new methods for change detection, data fusion and visualization to support Earth science applications. Sophie Goliber Robert H. Cuyler Endowed Lecture Series
Apr. 23 Asmeret Asefaw Berhe

UC Merced

soil science and global change science; understand the effect of changing environmental conditions on vital soil processes, most importantly the cycling and fate of essential elements in the critical zone Michael Young The Fred L. and Frances J. Oliver Lectureship in Texas Hydrology and Water Resources
Apr. 30 Sonia Seneviratne

ETH Zurich

Analyzes climate extremes, land-climate processes, and climate changes. She uses several methods and approaches for these investigations: modeling (climate modeling, land surface modeling), data analysis (based on observations, reanalysis data, model simulations, satellite data), new approaches for the derivation of validation datasets, and own field experiments. Zong-Liang Yang The Judd H. and Cynthia S. Oualline Centennial Lecturer in Geological Sciences
May 7 Jennifer McIntosh

University of Arizona

Elemental and isotopic chemistry of surface waters, groundwaters, saline fluids, and natural gas to better constrain the sources of solutes, residence times and flow paths of fluids and gas, and biogeochemical processes. Research involves extensive field sampling, laboratory analyses, and geochemical and hydrologic modeling. Bayani Cardenas The Fred L. and Frances J. Oliver Lectureship in Texas Hydrology and Water Resources
More speakers to be updated soon