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.
DeFord Lecture Series Speaker Schedule 2020-2021 academic year
All talks are Thursdays from 4-5PM (CST) and are available to the public using the link below. Past lectures are posted on the Jackson School Youtube channel.
|Date||Speaker/Affiliation||Field/Title||Hosts (if applicable)||Lectureship (if applicable)|
|Mar. 4||Laurel Larsen
|Multiscale Flow-Vegetation Feedbacks in Low-gradient Landscapes
How flowing water structures the form and function of landscapes, with emphases on the Florida Everglades, wet meadows across the US, and intermittent streams in coastal California; forefront of surface processes, ecology, and hydrology
|Bayani Cardenas||The Fred L. and Frances J. Oliver Lectureship in Texas Hydrology and Water Resources|
|Mar. 11||Jennifer Druhan
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
|Identifying the underlying processes contributing to chemical variability during reactive transport through porous media using measurements and modeling of associated stable isotope fractionations. My recent work has involved integrating stable isotope systems in numerical models of reactive flow and transport for a variety of field and laboratory experiments.||Daniella Rempe||N/A|
|Mar. 25||Donna Shillington
Northern Arizona University
|Controls on early-stage magma-poor extension throughout the lithosphere in the Malawi Rift
Deformation, magmatism and sedimentation at plate tectonic boundaries and in other interesting geological settings; use of active-source seismology together with other geophysical and geological approaches.
|Apr. 1||Rufus Catchings
|Geophysical earthquake research, studying fault zones in Los Angeles, Beijing, and other places; precise locations and identification of faults at the surface using sensors to measure energy traveling within fault zones, and ratio of P- to S-wave velocities. Read more about his research and experience here.||Sam Moore||The Judd H. and Cynthia S. Oualline Centennial Lectureship in Geological Sciences|
|Apr. 8||Howard Zebker
|Development of radar interferometry, leading to spaceborne and airborne sensors capable of measuring topography to meter-scale accuracy and surface deformation to mm scale. The high-quality surface deformation data set can be used to study a broad range of earth science topics, including earthquakes, volcanoes, groundwater flow, ice accumulation and ablation from global climate change, and atmospheric water vapor mapping.||Ann Chen||The Robert H. Cuyler Endowed Lecture Series|
|Apr. 15||Christine McCarthy
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
|Studies the way that micro-features control macro-behavior; how grain and phase boundaries, defect concentration, and partial melt influence the mechanical behavior of terrestrial and planetary materials.||Marc Hesse||N/A|
|Apr. 22||Christine Chesley
Lamont Doherty/Columbia Univ.
|Novel EM methods to study crustal and hydrological processes; freshwater resources offshore the NE US, and is also involved in imaging studies of subduction zones. Her work spans a range of processes and settings in areas of growing interest (water resources, subduction hazards)||Demian Saffer||N/A|
|Apr. 29||Marcelo Leppe
Chilean Antarctic Institute (INACH)
|Triassic flora of southwestern Gondwana; study of the connections between South America and Antarctica during the Mesozoic (mainly Cretaceous) and the origin of the southern South American biotas; Chilean representative at Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR).||Julia Clarke||The Edwin Allday Lectureship|
|May 6||Dawn Wright
|52 Million Points and Counting: A New Stratification Approach for Mapping and Modeling the Ocean
Chief Scientist of Esri; Seafloor mapping and tectonics, ocean conservation, environmental informatics, and ethics in information technology.
|Sam Moore||The Judd H. and Cynthia S. Oualline Centennial Lectureship in Geological Sciences|
|Past lectures are posted on the Jackson School YouTube channel|