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 Spring '23 seminar will be in-person and on Zoom.  If you would like information on meeting location or Zoom link please contact Professor Palucis, the 2022-2023 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

Spring 2023

Seminar is from 1:10-2:10pm (unless otherwise noted) in Wilder 111.

  • March 31, 2023 - a Friday not Thursday lecture, 2:10-3:10pm
    Dr. Edward Young - UCLA; Faculty Host Wil Leavitt
    Title: Earth Shaped by Primordial H2 Atmospheres
  • April 13, 2023
    Dr. Sarah Shackleton - Princeton; Faculty Host Graham Edwards
    Title: Quantitative constraints on Earth's past climate from inert gases in ice
  • April 20, 2023
    Dr. Kimberly Hill - University of Minnesota; Faculty Host Marisa Palucis
    Title: Investigations of climate vs lithology on changing debris flow hazards on alluvial fans
  • April 27, 2023
    Dr. Laura Levey - Humbolt; Faculty Host Meredith Kelly
    Title: 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; Faculty Host Marisa Palucis
    Title: Fluvial erosion on early Mars was intermittent but occasionally intense
  • May 11, 2023
    Dr. Alexis Templeton - University of Colorado Boulder; Faculty Host Xiahong Feng
    Title: 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; Faculty Host Sarah Slotznick
    Title: A Sulfur Story: From Continental Weathering to Assimilation by Microbial Life
  • May 25, 2023
    Dr. Raquel Portes - Bates; Faculty Host Josh Landis
    Title: TBA
Recent Seminars

Winter 2023

  • January 12, 2023
    Dr. Brian Fowler - NH State Geologist; Faculty Host Marisa Palucis
    Title: The Geologic History of Old Man of the Mountain
  • January 19, 2023
    Dr. Nadja Drabon - Harvard; Faculty Host Brenhin Keller
    Title: A New Lens Into the Hadean Eon: Zircons from Green Sandstone Bed, South Africa
  • January 26, 2023
    Dr. Benjamin Uveges - MIT; Faculty Host Jeemin Rhim
    Title: Event, Episodes or Endurance? Refining the Geological Record of Atmospheric Oxygenation
  • February 2, 2023
    Dr. Gwenn Flowers - SUF (Canada); Faculty Host Colin Meyer
    Title: Decoding the Drivers of Glacial Change
  • February 9, 2023
    Movie Viewing and Discussion - Unconformity

February and March dates are also reserved for candidate search.

Special Society of Fellows Speaker Event:

  • February 14, 2023; 1:30-2:30pm in Fairchild 405
    Dr. Sunit Shah Walter - University of Delawar; Faculty Host Jeemin Rhim
    Title: MIcrobial Biochemistry of Cool Hydrothermal Fluids
  • March 7, 2023; 1:30-2:30pm in Fairchild 405
    Dr. Elizabeth Trembath-Reichert - Arizona State University of Earth and Space; Faculty Host Jeemin Rhim
    Title: The Sea Beneath the Ocean

Fall 2022

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


  • Thursday May 5, 2022
    Dr. Paula Welander - Stanford University
    "Synthesis of sponge sterol lipid fossils – who makes what and why does it matter?"
  • Thursday May 12, 2022
    Dr. Benjamin Twining - Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences (Maine)
    "Iron to the rescue? Understanding constraints on carbon dioxide removal via ocean iron fertilization"
  • Thursday May 19, 2022
    Dr. Ginny Catania - University of Texas at Austin
    "Ice sheet research to advance understanding of sea level rise"
  • Thursday June 2, 2022
    Dr. Jun Korenaga - Yale
    "Where was the Moon? A fresh look at the tidal evolution of the early Earth-Moon system"