The Department of Earth Science seminar series is a weekly one-hour long seminar open to the public that involves invited speakers from a wide variety of other institutions. The Fall '24 seminar will be in-person and on Zoom.  If you would like information on meeting location or Zoom link please contact Professor Slotznick, the 2023-2024 seminar series organizer. If you would like to schedule a meeting with the guest speaker, contact the Faculty Host mentioned below. Information about individual seminar events can also be viewed on our main page calendar.

Current Seminars

Fall 2023

Seminar is from 1:10-2:10pm (unless otherwise noted) room TBA.

  • September 14, 2023
    Dr. Elizabeth Swanner - Iowa State University; Faculty Host Sarah Slotznick
    Title: TBA
  • September 21, 2023
    Dr. Yongsong Huang - Brown University; Faculty Host Wil Leavitt
    Title: TBA
  • September 28, 2023
    Dr. Christoph Geiss - Trinity College; Faculty Host Sarah Slotznick
    Title: TBA
  • October 5, 2023
    Dr. Winnie Chu - Georgia Tech; Faculty Host Bob Hawley
    Title: TBA
  • October 12, 2023
    Dr. Elizabeth Niespolo - Princeton University; Faculty Host Brenhin Keller
    Title: TBA
  • October 19, 2023
    Dr. David Koweek - Ocean Visions; Faculty Host Mukul Sharma
    Title: TBA
  • October 26, 2023
    Dr. Nick Holschuh - Amherst College; Faculty Host Erich Osterberg
    Title: TBA
  • November 2, 2023
    Dr. Gavin Piccione - UCSC; Faculty Host Graham Edwards
    Title: TBA
  • November 9, 2023
    Dr. Laura Reynolds - Worchester State University; Faculty Host Meredith Kelly
    Title: TBA
  • November 16, 2023
    Dr. Jose Constantine - Williams College; Faculty Host Carl Renshaw
    Title: TBA
Recent Seminars


  • March 31, 2023 - a Friday not Thursday lecture, 2:10-3:10pm
    Dr. Edward Young - UCLA
    Earth Shaped by Primordial H2 Atmospheres
  • April 13, 2023
    Dr. Sarah Shackleton - Princeton
    Quantitative constraints on Earth's past climate from inert gases in ice
  • April 20, 2023
    Dr. Kimberly Hill - University of Minnesota
    Investigations of climate vs lithology on changing debris flow hazards on alluvial fans
  • April 27, 2023
    Dr. Laura Levey - Cal Poly Humbolt
    Coring in California: New insights into the timing of glacier fluctuations and the age and volume of peatlands
  • May 4, 2023
    Dr. Alex Morgan - Planetary Science Institute
    Fluvial erosion on early Mars was intermittent but occasionally intense
  • May 11, 2023
    Dr. Alexis Templeton - University of Colorado Boulder
    How our undertanding of the geology, geochemistry and biology of ultramafic rock systems play an essential role in the development of Hydrogen as a future clean energy source
  • May 18, 2023
    Dr. Nathan Yee - Rutgers
    A Sulfur Story: From Continental Weathering to Assimilation by Microbial Life

Winter 2023

  • January 12, 2023
    Dr. Brian Fowler - NH State Geologist
    The Geologic History of Old Man of the Mountain
  • January 19, 2023
    Dr. Nadja Drabon - Harvard
    A New Lens Into the Hadean Eon: Zircons from Green Sandstone Bed, South Africa
  • January 26, 2023
    Dr. Benjamin Uveges - MIT
    Event, Episodes or Endurance? Refining the Geological Record of Atmospheric Oxygenation
  • February 2, 2023
    Dr. Gwenn Flowers - Simon Fraser University
    Decoding the Drivers of Glacial Change
  • February 9, 2023
    Movie Viewing and Discussion - Unconformity
  • February 14, 2023
    Dr. Sunit Shah Walter - University of Delaware
    Microbial Biochemistry of Cool Hydrothermal Fluids
  • March 7, 2023
    Dr. Elizabeth Trembath-Reichert - Arizona State University of Earth and Space
    The Sea Beneath the Ocean

Fall 2022

  • Thursday September 22, 2022
    Dr. Justin Richardson - University of Massachusetts – Amherst
    Linking biogeochemistry from the soil profile to the watershed scale - discerning anthropogenic versus geogenic processes
  • Thursday September 29, 2022
    Dr. Maxwell Lechte - McGill University
    Ironstones as a window into major environmental changes in the Neoproterozoic Era
  • Thursday October 6, 2022
    Dr. Jacky Austermann - Columbia University
    Sea level and ice sheet stability during past (and future) warming
  • Thursday October 13, 2022
    Dr. Nagissa Mahmoudi - McGill University; Faculty Host - Wil Leavitt
    Exploring the selective diet of microbes in modern and ancient marine sediments
  • Thursday October 20, 2022
    Dr. Thomas Neumann - NASA
    ICESat-2 Laser Altimetry for Earth Science Applications
  • Thursday October 27, 2022
    Dr. Rachel Glade - University of Rochester
    Lobate soil patterns on Earth and Mars: finding the secret recipe.
  • Thursday November 3, 2022
    Dr. Will Rush - Yale University; Faculty Host - Graham Edwards
    Comparative Regional Hydrologic Changes During the Early Eocene
  • Thursday November 10, 2022
    Dr. Steve Frolking - University of New Hampshire
    Peatlands, Carbon and Climate
  • Thursday November 17, 2022
    Dr. Jill Marshall - University of Arkansas
    (Subcritically) Cracking the Critical Zone: When Earth, Wind, Water and Trees Intersect