Earth Sciences Palmer Lecture Series

The Department of Earth Sciences welcomes guest speakers on Fridays in room 234 at 12:00 p.m. (unless otherwise noted).

Spring 2024 

Date       Speaker/Event
Jan. 19 Interview Talk                                                                                                                  
Jan. 24 Interview Talk
Feb. 2 Graduate Student Spring Reviews - no colloquium
Feb. 9 Graduate Student Spring Reviews - no colloquium
Feb. 16 Dr. Andrew Steen, University of Tennessee
Feb. 23 Dr. Donald Penman, Utah State University
Mar. 1 Faculty meeting - no colloquium
Mar. 8 Open
Mar. 15 Dr. Rebecca Freeman, University of Kentucky
Mar. 22 No colloquium
Mar. 29 Spring break
Apr. 5 Open
Apr. 12 Dr. Brian Stewart, University of Pittsburgh
Apr. 19 Dr. Shelby Rader, Indiana University
Apr. 26 Dr. Brian Kelly, Penn State
May 3 Faculty meeting - no colloquium

Fall 2023 

Date       Speaker/Event
Aug. 25 Faculty meeting/no colloquium                                                                                                    
Sept. 1 Grad student lunch
Sept. 8 Grad student presentations
Sept. 15 Dr. Dorothy Vesper, University of West Virginia - Caver in a coal mine
Sept. 22    Dr. Tyler Doane, Indiana University - Topographic roughness as an archive of geomorphic processes and weather events
Sept. 29 Dr. Nicole Gasparini, Tulane University - What's more important for controlling mountain river erosion - water or rock?
Oct. 6 Fall Break/no colloquium
Oct. 13 Dr. Nalaka Ranasinghe, Lake Superior State University - Indian Ocean Dynamics and Humanity
Oct. 20 Faculty meeting/no colloquium
Oct. 27 Dr. Reza Soltaian, University of Cincinnati - Spatiotemporal dynamics of solute mixing and redox dynamics in riparian floodplains
Nov. 3 Dr. Justin Dodd, Northern Illinois University - Biogenic opal oxygen isotope values, diagenesis and brine formation in the Ross Sea, Antarctica during the Pliocene
Nov. 10 Veteran's Day
Nov. 17 Dr. Isabel Fendley, Penn State University - Understanding Earth's largest volcanic eruptions: Large Igneous Province gas emissions and environmental effects
Nov. 24 Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 1 Open
Dec.8 Faculty meeting/no colloquium

Spring 2023 

Date       Speaker/Event
Jan. 27 Faculty Interview Talk (11:00 a.m.)                                                                                              
Feb. 3 Faculty Interview Talk
Feb. 10 Faculty Interview Talk
Feb. 15 Faculty Interview Talk (Wednesday)
Feb. 17 Faculty Interview Talk
Feb. 24 Faculty Interview Talk
Mar. 3 Faculty Interview Talk
Mar. 8 Faculty Interview Talk (Wednesday)
Mar. 10 Faculty Meeting
Mar. 17 Dr. Andy Montgomery, Montana State University
Mar. 24 No Colloquium
Mar. 31 Spring Break
Apr. 7 Open
Apr. 14 Dr. Ann Dunlea, ODL, Woods Hole
Apr. 21 PhD Presentations
Apr. 28 Faculty Meeting

Fall 2022 

Date       Speaker/Event
Aug 26 Faculty meeting/no colloquium 
Sept 2 open
Sept 9 Grad student presentations; Nageen Farooq (Ph.D), Emily Mehta (M.S.), Shahidul Muzemder (Ph.D)
Sept 16 Dr. Allyson Tessin, Kent State University; Unlocking the secrets beneath the seafloor.
Sept 23 Dr. David Hacker, Kent State University; Catastrophic Landslides in Volcanic Terrains
Sept 30 Dr. Jonathan Overpeck, University of Michigan, AGU-Discovery Lecture Series (virtual); Climate Change, Drought and Global Aridification: Understanding Confidence.
Oct 7 open
Oct 14 Fall Break
Oct 21 Dr. Ashley Burkett, Oklahoma State University; Seafloor experimentation: how modern analogue studies inform paleoceanographic reconstructions.
Oct 28 Faculty meeting/no colloquium
Nov 4 Dr. Megan Flansburg, Oberlin College; Structurally integrated U-Pb and (U-Th)/He dating on the margins of the Colorado River extensional corridor (SE California, USA)
Nov 11 Veterans Day/no colloquium
Nov 18 Dr. Caitlin Colleary, Cleveland Museum of Natural History; Getting Blood from a Stone and Other Adventures in Molecular Paleontology                                                                                                                                                                   
Nov 25 Thanksgiving Break
Dec 2 2nd year MS student meeting
Dec 9 Faculty meeting/no colloquium

Spring 2022 

Date       Speaker/Event
Jan. 21 Faculty Meeting/No colloquium 
Jan. 28 Terry McGlynn, California Desert Studies Consortium; Creating effective recruitment and research opportunities for minoritized undergraduates (virtual)                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Feb. 4  Sarah Fortner, Carlton College; Collective Action to advance equity & justice: Strategies from Geoscience Education & GeoHealth (virtual)
Feb. 11  John Peck, University of Akron; Sediment studies of environmental change in NE Ohio: Implications for watershed management
Feb. 18 Graduate student spring reviews/No colloquium
Feb. 25         Faculty Meeting/No colloquium
Mar. 4  Kennedy Okioghene Doro, University of Toledo; Scaling understanding of subsurface hydrological and biogeochemical processes using geophysics (virtual)
Mar. 11  Kimberly Meehan, University of Buffalo; Freshwater and marine microfossils as signals of ancient flooding events with epeiric basins (virtual)
Mar. 18  Robert Mahon, University of New Orleans; Promoting open and accessible inquiry using live online community experiments
Mar. 25  No colloquium
Apr. 1  Spring Break
Apr. 8 Katherine Glover, University of Maine; Climate and Ecosystem State Changes in North America during the Late Quaternary.
Apr. 15 Mark Jacobson, Stanford University (virtual); Transitioning the world to 100% clean, renewable energy and storage for everything.
Apr. 22 Applied Geology PhD graduate student presentations. Max Barczok: Geochemical controls over phosphorus bioavailability as a function of redox sensitive iron-oxides. Nathan Rohrbaugh: Utilizing Hyperspectral Remote Sensing to Detect Changes in Organic Carbon and Other Soil Properties.
Apr. 29       Faculty Meeting/No colloquium

Fall 2021 (Remote)

Date       Speaker/Event
Aug.27 Faculty Meeting/No colloquium 
Sept.3 Michael Petronis (Alum), New Mexico Highlands University - Investigating ancient ice ages in the present day Arctic.
Sept.10  Ashley Bulseco, Eckerd College
Sept.17  Graduate Student Presentations, Kyle Smart (PhD), Kortney Cole (MS), Erika Hiwiller (MS)
Sept.24 Faculty Meeting/No colloquium
Oct.1   Kathleen Bridges, Post-Doc Scholar, Ohio State University & Srabani Das, Post-Doc Scholar, Ohio State University; Stark Sustainable Soil Initiative: an on-farm research collaboration
Oct.8  Alumni Employment Panel - Kevin Engle, Kimm Jarden, Mandy Razzano, Ashleigh Sload
Oct.15  Fall Break
Oct.22  Rebecca Vanderleest, Oberlin - Investigating the thermal effects of Cordilleran processes on a retroarc foreland basin, Patagonian Andes, Magallanes-Austral Basin
Oct.29  Kerry Cawse-Nicholson, NASA - Surface Biology and Geology - a NASA study for future hyperspectral and thermal satellites to measure climate change impacts
Nov.5  Faculty Meeting/No colloquium
Nov.12 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Earth Sciences, Joseph Ortiz, Allyson Tessin, Tatiana Fernandez-Perez, Spencer Williams, Kelly Thomasson
Nov.19 Owen Jensen (Alum), PhD candidate University of South Carolina. Linking boron to magma sources in Aleutian volcanic rocks. 
Nov.26 Thanksgiving Break
Dec.3 2nd year MS student meeting
Dec.10 Faculty Meeting/No colloquium                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Spring 2021 (Remote)

Date          Speaker/Event
Jan.22       Faculty Meeting/No colloquium 
Jan.29 David Hacker, Kent State University.  Catastrophic gravity sliding of volcanic fields; insights from the Cenozoic Marysvale Gravity Slide Complex, Southwest Utah                         
Feb.5 Carrie Schweitzer, Kent State University. The Enigmatic Cyclida: who they are and their life and times
Feb.12 Jeanette Davis, NOAA. Science is Everywhere, Science is for Everyone: The Art of Storytelling & Inclusion. 
Feb.19 Graduate Student Spring Reviews 
Feb.26 Faculty Meeting/No colloquium
Mar.5 Cynthia Hall, West Chester University. Characterization of Lead Particles in Contaminated, Urban Soils as an Assessment of Public Health Risk
Mar.12 Natasha Sekhon, UT Austin. A study of seasonal hydroclimate variability in southwestern United States: Geochemical insights from stalagmites and karst monitoring
Mar.19 Jenine McCutcheon, University of Waterloo. Microbe-mineral-fluid interactions: Small-scale processes with large-scale impacts
Mar.26 Daniel Holm, Kent State University. A Gigayear of Continental Growth, Overprinting, and Stabilization in the upper Great Lakes region during the so-called Boring Billion
Apr.2 Andrea Pain, University of Maryland, Horn Point Laboratory. Riverine export of carbon and nutrients from deglaciating Arctic landscapes: Implications for past and future climate transitions
Apr.9 No colloquium
Apr.16 Spring Break/No colloquium
Apr.23 PhD Student Presentations: Md Abu Raihan Chowdhury, Zia Ul Hassan
Apr.30 Faculty Meeting/No colloquium

Fall 2020 (Remote)

Date Speaker/Event
Aug.28     Faculty Meeting/No colloquium                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Sept.4   Tim Gallagher, Kent State University, Paleosols on the Loess Plateau: Monsoons and solid carbon cycling in a warmer world
Sept.11    Graduate Student Presentations: Angela Lewis, Shahidul Muzemder, Cody Kale
Sept.18 Anne Jefferson, Kent State University, Are we doing enough to manage stormwater and protect urban streams?
Sept.25 Graduate Student Career Advising; Evan Faidley
Oct.2 Faculty Meeting/No colloquium
Oct.9 Open
Oct.16  Joseph Ortiz, Kent State University, Gaining clarity from muddy waters: Spectral unmixing of optically complex waters
Oct.23 Allyson Tessin, Kent State University, The role of continental margin sediments in Arctic biogeochemical cycling as sea ice retreats.
Oct.30  Jeremy Williams, Kent State University, Understanding the Inevitable: The Great Dying Event
Nov.6 Program Review/No colloquium
Nov.13 David Singer, Kent State University, Legacy lead (Pb) in urban soils: An ongoing source of exposure.
Nov.20  2nd year MS student meeting
Nov.27 Thanksgiving Break
Dec.4  Open
Dec.11 Faculty Meeting/No colloquium

Spring 2020

Date Speaker/Event
Jan.17  Faculty Meeting/No colloquium                              
Jan.24   Graduate Student Presentations
Jan.31    Amy Townsend-Small, University of Cincinnati; Isotopic constraints on methane emissions from natural gas production: Will fugitive methane emissions overwhelm the climate benefits of a natural gas energy future?
Feb.7  Dulcinea Avouris, Kent State University; Application of remote sensing imagery to natural hazard monitoring.
Feb.14   Carrie Davis Todd, Baldwin Wallace University; Re-examining the Johnstown (PA) Flood of 1889 using historical accounts, field measurements, and hydrologic modeling. 
Feb.21   1:00 pm - Steven Lyon, Ohio State University; Tracking the movement of water through the landscape.
Feb.28   Jonathan Duncan, Penn State; Urban Watershed Resilience and Water Quality Management
Mar.6   Anjali Fernandes, University of Denison; Backwater Controls on the Kinematics and Sedimentary Records of Large Rivers and Deltas
Mar.13   Faculty Meeting/No colloquium
Mar.20   No colloquium
Mar.27   Spring Break
Apr.3 Open
Apr.10    Kent State University Graduate Student Research Symposium                                                                                                                                                                          
Apr.17   Sarah Fortner, Wittenberg University - CANCELLED
Apr.24    Faculty Meeting/No colloquium

Fall 2019

Date Speaker/Event
Aug. 22              FAC Meeting                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
Aug. 30   No colloquium
Sept. 6  Faculty Meeting/No colloquium
Sept. 13   Graduate Student Presentations: Jacob Bradley, Raihan Chowdhury, Zack Loffer
Sept. 20   Jeff Myers, BJAAM Environmental; Employment skill sets and opportunities in Environmental Geology/Earth Science
Sept. 27   Kuldeep Singh, Kent State University; Role of slip in "slippery" Darcy Law
Oct. 4   Faculty and Ad Hoc committee meetings/No colloquium 
Oct. 11    Fall Break
Oct. 18  Alex Crawford, The College of Wooster; Using satellites to understand the impact of Arctic sea ice decline on marine phytoplankton
Oct. 25    Celebrating College Teaching (KSC 8:30 am - 3:30 pm)
Nov. 1 Derek Sawyer, Ohio State University; Earthquakes and Submarine Landslides on Continental Margins: Seismic Strengthening Versus Rapid Sedimentation
Nov. 8     Sarah Carmichael, Appalachian State University; CSI: Devonian - deciphering Late Devonian mass extinctions in different paleoenvironments
Nov. 15   Richard Becker, University of Toledo; Great Lakes water quality and coastline failures from remote sensing
Nov. 22    Kevin Befus, University of Wyoming; Groundwater responses to sea-level rise and associated hazards
Nov. 29 Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 6 Faculty Meeting/No colloquium

Spring 2019

Date                  Speaker/Event
Jan. 18    Faculty Meeting/No Colloquium
Jan. 25    Grad student research presentations: Max Barczok and Lindsey Yazbek
Feb. 1    TBA
Feb. 8     TBA
Feb. 15    TBA
Feb. 22    TBA
Mar. 1     Nick Sutfin, Case Western Reserve, Quantifying carbon storage along river corridors from floodplain sediment residence times to microbial decomposition
Mar. 15    Kate Campbell, USGS, Mining, Microbes, and Models: integrating microbial Fe(II) oxidation, hydrolysis, precipitation, and biogeochemical modeling in acid mine drainage
Mar. 20    Environmental Science, Research and Design Symposium Mar 20-21
Apr. 5     KSU Grad Student Research Symposium
Apr. 12    Angelica Vazquez-Ortega, BGSU, The role of soil organic matter in agriculture: implications on nutrient retention and soil health
Apr. 19     TBA 
Apr. 26    TBA 
May 3     Faculty meeting