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.

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Date Speaker/Affiliation Field/Title Hosts (if applicable) Lectureship (if applicable)
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