Palmer Geology Lecture Series | Kent State University

Palmer Geology Lecture Series

The Department of Geology welcomes guest speakers on Fridays, in room 234 McGilvrey Hall, at 1:15 p.m. (unless otherwise noted).

Spring 2018

Date Speaker/Event
Jan. 19              No colloquium                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Jan. 26 Graduate student presentations: G. Blauch, D. Wood, R. Koons
Feb. 2 Brian Thomas, University of Pittsburgh, "Challenges of Sustainable Groundwater: Management, Scale and Observations"
Feb. 9 No colloquium - Faculty meeting
Feb. 16 Robyn Hannigan, University of Massachusetts Boston, "Something Wicked This Way Comes - Lessons from the Permian-Triassic"
Feb. 23 Meagen Pollock, The College of Wooster, "Lava, Ice, and the Story of a Ridge in Southwest Iceland"
Mar. 2  No colloquium 
Mar. 9 No colloquium - Faculty Meeting
Mar. 16 Rachel Gabor, Ohio State University, "When sewersheds overlay watersheds: hydrologic controls on urban water quality in Utah's Wastach Front"
Mar. 23 No colloquium
Mar. 30 Spring Break
Apr. 6  Martin Schmidt, AECOM, "Reclamation of Remote Oil Sand Drilling Sites in Northern Alberta"
Apr. 13 Stephen Dornbos, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, "The Ediacaran fossil record of western Mongolia and the early evolution of multicellular life"
Apr. 20 Marcus Key, Dickinson College, "The evolution of bryozoan epibiosis, from the Ordovician to the Recent, from Ohio to Antarctica"
Apr. 27 Jarek Majka, Uppsala University, "Closure of Iapetus seen from Baltica"
May 4   No colloquium - Faculty meeting

Fall 2017

Date Speaker / Event
Sept. 1 Graduate Presentations                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
Sept. 8 No colloquium
Sept. 15             Katrin Monecke, Wellesley College
Sept. 22 Sara McMillan, Purdue University
Sept. 29 Deidre Gibson, Hampton University
Oct. 6 Fifth Annual Water and Land Symposium, October 4-5
Oct. 13 Scott Anderson, BGC Engineering Inc.
Oct. 20 No colloquium
Oct. 27 No colloquium - Faculty Meeting
Nov. 3 Adem Ali, College of Charleston
Nov. 10 Veterans Day observed
Nov. 17 Ellen Chamberlin, Dennison
Nov. 24 Thanksgiving
Dec. 1 Elizabeth Boyer, Penn State
Dec. 8  No colloquium - Faculty Meeting

Spring 2017

Date Speaker / Event
Jan 20 Faculty Meeting/No Colloquium
Jan 27 Grad Student Research Presentation
Feb 3 TBA
Feb 10 TBA
Feb 17 TBA
Feb 24 TBA
Mar 3 TBA
Mar 10 Tom Darrah, The Ohio State University, "Metals in the Human Body"
Mar 17 Pre-GSA Pittsburgh student practice presentations
Mar 24 Nothing scheduled - enjoy Spring Break!
Mar 31 Spring Break
Apr 7 Mary Schweitzer, NCSU 
Apr 14 Mark Wilson, College of Wooster 
Apr 21 32nd KSU Grad student research symposium
Apr 28 Stephen Dornbos, UW-Milwaukee, "Ediacaran fossils in Mongolia" (Postponed)
May 5 Faculty meeting/No colloquium

Fall 2016

Date Speaker / Event
Sept 2 First Friday Grad Student Presentations: Sergio Sudarsky, Dulci Avouris, Laura Sugano, Sarah Morrison)                                                                                                                                             
Sept 9 Faculty Meeting/No Colloquium
Sept 1 Mehrnoush Soroush, University of Akron, "Mapping Historic Patterns of Human-Water Interaction in the Fluvial Plains of Southwestern Iran"
Sept 23 Yuning Fu, Bowling Green State University, "GPS as an Independent Measurement to Estimate Terrestrial Water Storage Variations"
Sept 30 Faculty Meeting/No Colloquium
Oct 5-6 4th Annual Water & Land Symposium (KSU Conference Center)
Oct 14 Pedro Avellaneda, Kent State University, "Understanding Green Infrastructure Through Hydrological Modeling"
Oct 21 Shemin Ge, University of Colorado, Birdsal-Dreiss Lecture, "Fluid Induced Earthquakes: Insights from Hydrology and Poro-mechanics"
Oct 28 TBA
Nov 4 Tom Darrah, Ohio State University, "Noble Gas Applications" (cancelled)
Nov 11 Veteran's Day (University Closed)
Nov 18 David Malone, Illinois State University, "Origin of Massive Eocene Heart Mountain Slide, Wyoming"
Nov 25 Thanksgiving Holiday
Dec 2 Faculty Meeting/No Colloquium
Dec 9 SGE Holiday Party (tentative)

Spring 2016

Date Speaker / Event
Jan 22 Faculty Meeting (with Guest Cynthia Kristof)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Jan 29 Dr. Paul Santi, AEG President (Colorado School of Mines)
Feb 5 no colloquium
Feb 12 Andrew Czaja (U. Cinn.), “Life in the Archean: increasing the diversity of forms and habitats”
Feb 19 Heather R. DeShon, Southern Methodist University (EarthScope Series Speaker)
Feb 26 Larry Wickstrom (Wickstrom Geoscience, LLC and KSU Alum)
March 4 Carrie Tyler (Miami University of Ohio)
March 11 Chris Poulsen (U Michigan)
March 18 Nothing scheduled – enjoy Spring Break!
March 25 Spring Break!
April 1 Faculty Meeting
April 7 Dr. Naomi Oreskes, Harvard University (Thursday evening)
April 15 Thomas Johnson (Univ. Illinois - Urbana-Champaign)
April 22 Grad student presentations
April 29 Grad student presentations
May 6 Faculty meeting

Fall 2015

Date Speaker / Event
Sept 4 Faculty Meeting                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Sept 11 Graduate Student Symposium (Laura Zemanek, Wade Jones, David Korte, Lindsay Poluga)
Sept 18 Daniel Lux, Univ of Maine, Orono; and KSU alum, "Apatite and Granite Petrogenesis; Examples from Maine"
Sept 25 No colloquium scheduled
Oct 2 Mike Chadsey and Steven Hill, Ohio Oil and Gas Association“The State of Oil and Gas in Ohio”
Oct 9 Faculty Meeting
Oct 14-15 3rd Annual Water Research Symposium (Wed evening and Thursday)
Oct 23 Jerome De Graff, Jahn's Distinguished Lecturer, "Fire, earth & rain: emergency response for wildfire-induced landslide hazards".
Oct 30 pre-GSA presentations (cancelled)
Nov 6 Faculty Meeting (cancelled)
Nov 13 Ashlee Dere, University of Nebraska – Omaha, "Investigating the role of climate in shale weathering"
Nov 20 Ciaran Harman, Johns Hopkins University, "How old is the stream water? The new theory of water age, and what it can tell us about how catchments function"
Nov 27 Thanksgiving Holiday
Dec 4 Faculty Meeting (cancelled)
Dec 11 SGE Holiday Party - 3:00 p.m. in MCG 223

Spring 2015

Date Speaker / Event
Jan 16 Jeremy Williams, Ohio State University                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Jan 23 Alycia Stigall, Ohio University
Jan 30 Graduate Student Symposium
Feb 6 Eldon Gath, 2015 Jahns Distinguished Lecturer in Applied Geology, “The Santa Ana Mountains: Indenter Tectonics and the Earthquake Hazards of “The OC”
Feb 13 Lyman Persico, Mercyhurst University
Feb 20 Faculty Meeting
Feb 27 James Thomka, University of Akron
Mar 6 Lauren Kinsman-Costello, Kent State University, Biological Sciences
Mar 13 Caleb Holyoke, University of Akron
Mar 20 Faculty Meeting
Mar 27 Spring Break
Apr 3 David Hacker, Kent State University, Geology
Apr 10 Beth Orcutt, IODP / Bigelow Laboratory
Apr 17 Melissa Berke, University of Notre Dame
Apr 24 Audrey Sawyer, Ohio State University
May 1 Faculty Meeting
May 8 (possible) Faculty Meeting

Fall 2014

Date Speaker / Event
Aug 29 Faculty Meeting
Sep 5 Graduate Student Presentations
Sep 11 9:30-10:30 a.m. Room 207 McGilvrey Hall
Greg Hempen, AEG Jahns Lecturer, "Hello??? Are you ready for the Big One?"
The presentation discusses the application of recent research to the paleoseismic and historic events of the New Madrid Seismic Zone. The talk considers some actions to inform the public of appropriate preparedness in that region
Sep 19 Joel Moore, Towson University, "A high salt diet: How stormwater management ponds affect road salt impacts on soils, groundwater, and streams"
Sep 26 TBA
Oct 3 Patricia Manley, Middlebury College, "Glacial Lake Discharges and Abrupt Climate Change: Lake Champlain"
Oct 10 Dale Tshudy, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, "Taxonomy and phylogeny of bizarre deep sea lobsters: collaboration of paleontologists and marine biologists"
Oct 17 David Costello, Kent State University, "Biogeochemistry and toxicity of metals in stream sediments"
Oct 24 Faculty Meeting
Oct 31 Water Research Symposium Keynote Speaker: David L. Sedlak, University of California, Berkeley
Nov 7 John Lenhart, The Ohio State University
Nov 14 Nadine McQuarrie, University of Pittsburgh
Nov 21 Faculty Meeting
Nov 28 Thanksgiving recess
Dec 5 Faculty Meeting

Spring 2014

Date Speaker / Event
Jan 24 Graduate Student Symposium
Matthew Harding, "Preliminary Results from a Geophysical Study of the Salina Group, NE Pennsylvania"
Krista Brown, "Undrowning a creek: Groundwater-stream interactions and water quality of former reservoirs in northeast, Ohio"
Jessica Tashman, "A taphonomic and paleoecological analysis of Late Jurassic horseshoe crabs from a Lagerstätte; in central Poland"
Chelsea Windus "Evaluating the variability of discontinuity orientation data for slope stability purposes"
Jan 31 Jim James, Gannett Fleming, Inc., "Thorn Run Dam Construction"
Feb 7 Brian Lutz, Biological Sciences, Kent State University, "Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining and Hydraulic Fracturing: Comparing Impacts on Water Resources"
Feb 14 Darin Croft, Case Western Reserve University, "Paleobiology of a late, great clade of South American herbivores"
Feb 21 Faculty meeting
Feb 28 Christina Lopano, US DOE, "Mineral Reactions in Energy Systems"
Mar 7 Rowan Martindale, Harvard University, "Triassic reefs in North America"
Mar 14 James McManus, University of Akron, "The supply of iron from marine sediments to global ocean: isotope signatures & impacts of changing ocean chemistry"
Mar 21 Faculty meeting
Apr 4 Bev Saylor, Case Western Reserve University, "Using ash bed geochemistry to reconstruct the geologic history and landscape of the WORMIL paleoanthropological area in the Afar of Ethiopia"
Apr 11 Nita Sahai, University of Akron, Mineralogical Society of America Distinguished Lecturer, "The Potential Role of Geochemical Environments and Minerals in Protocell Evolution"
Apr 18 Katie Farnsworth, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, "Global and Regional Perspectives on Sediment Flux to the Worlds Oceans"
Apr 25 Anne Jefferson and Chris Rowan, "Geologists on Adventure along the Antarctic Peninsula"
May 2 Faculty meeting

Fall 2013

Date Speaker / Event
Sep 6 Geology Graduate Student Presentations: Kevin Engle, Frank Mathias, Inoka Hasanthi Widanagamage, and Eric Sload
Sep 13 David Harwood, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and ANDRILL Science Management Office, "Drilling deep beneath Antarctic ice to reveal past and future climate change"
Sep 20 Jessica Ball, SUNY-Buffalo, "Water flowing underground: Modeling hydrothermal systems in cooling lava domes"
Sep 27 Faculty Meeting
Oct 4 Beth Rhenberg, Ohio State University, "Systematics, Phylogenetics, and Biogeography of Early Mississippian Camerate Crinoids of the Nunn Member, Lake Valley Formation, in south-central New Mexico"
Oct 11 David M. Singer, Kent State University, "Contaminant sequestration in mesoporous materials and secondary mineral coatings: The importance of confined pore spaces"
Oct 18 Dr. Jessica Anderson Maisano, UT-Austin, Jackson School of Geosciences , "An Overview of High Resolution X-ray Computed Tomography: Data Acquisition and Applications"
Oct 25 Faculty Meeting
Nov 1 Dan Bain, University of Pittsburgh, "Urban hydrology in a rugged, old place: emerging lessons from Pittsburgh"
Nov 8 Josh Roering, University of Oregon, GeoPRISMS distinguished lecture, "Are Mountains Like Giant Sandpiles? A Tale of Catastrophic Landslides, Ancient Lakes, Big Floods, and Fish Evolution"
Nov 15 Human Impacts on Water Symposium at KSU Hotel and Conference Center
Nov 22 Faculty Meeting
Dec 6 Pre-AGU (no colloquium)

Spring 2013

Date Speaker / Event
Jan 18 Faculty Meeting
Jan 25 cancelled
Feb 1 Dave Hacker, Kent State University, "From Dikes to Sills to Laccoliths: A Look at Shallow Level Magnetic Systems"
Feb 8 TBA
Feb 15 TBA
Feb 22 TBA
Mar 1 TBA
Mar 8 Faculty Meeting
Mar 15 Matt Morris, AEG President, Gannett Fleming, "The History and Progression of Rock Slope Stabilization for Menoher Boulevard (aka Easy Grade Highway or S.R. 271, Section 13), Cambria County, Pennsylvania"
Mar 22 Jim McCalpin, Jahns Lecturer: "The Many Uses of Trenching in Assessing Geologic Hazards in Engineering Geology"
Apr 5 Kristin Jaeger, Ohio State's School of Environment and Natural Resources, "Streamflow Variability of Dryland Rivers in a Changing Climate"
Apr 12 Eric Klemetti, Denison Universtiy, Granville OH, "Crystal Diaspora and Blooms at Arc Volcanoes"
Apr 19 Brian Greene, Gannett Fleming, "Impacts of Geology on Dam Design in Western Pennsylvania"
Apr 26 Beverly Saylor, Case Western, TBA
May 3 Faculty Meeting

Fall 2012

Date Speaker / Event
Sep 7 Graduate Student Presentations, Department of Geology, Kent State University
Sep 14 William Johnson, Senior Staff, D'Appolonia, Monroeville, PA, "The Evaluation of Offshore Geohazards"
Sep 21 Dr. Rod Feldmann, Department of Geology, Kent State University, "An Amazing Triassic Fossil Assemblage in Amazing China"
Sep 24 Monday, 2:00 p.m.
Dr. Mimi Katz, IODP Distinguished Lecturer, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, "Antarctic Circumpolar Current Evolution and its Impact on Climate and Global Ocean Circulation"
Oct 5 Dr. Mary Ann Thomas, U.S. Geological Survey, Ohio Water Science Center, Columbus, OH, "Arsenic and Water:"
Oct 12 Dr. Neil Wells, Department of Geology, Kent State University, "A Surfeit of Shorelines: Lake Erie's Late-Glacial Ancestors"
Oct 26 Dr. Eric Taylor, Department of Geology, Kent State University, Stark Campus, "Molecular Binding to Asbestos: a Protein's Point of View"
Nov 2 No Colloquium
Nov 9 Dr. Robert McAfee, Biological & Allied Health Sciences, Ohio Northern University, Ada, OH, "Role of Jugal Morphology in the Mastication of Sloths (Mammalia: Pilosa): a Case Study of Neocnus from Haiti"
Nov 16 Dr. Joe Ortiz, Department of Geology, Kent State University, "Arctic Impacts on the Climate System"
Nov 30 OPEN

Spring 2012

Date Speaker / Event
Jan 13 Candidate for the new TT faculty position in Urban Hydrology
Jan 20 Candidate for the new TT faculty position in Urban Hydrology
Jan 24 Candidate for the new TT faculty position in Urban Hydrology
Jan 27 Candidate for the new TT faculty position in Urban Hydrology
Feb 3 Candidate for the new TT faculty position in Mineralogy
Feb 10 TBA
Feb 14 Candidate for the new TT faculty position in Mineralogy
Feb 17 Candidate for the new TT faculty position in Mineralogy
Feb 21 Candidate for the new TT faculty position in Mineralogy
Mar 2 Scott Burns, Jahn's Lecturer, Oregon State University "Cataclysms on the Columbia, the Great Missoula Floods"
Mar 9 Faculty Meeting
Mar 16 Graduate Student Research Presentations
Mar 30 Jennifer Bauer, AEG President, Appalachian Landslide Consultants, Inc., "Landslide Mapping on Slippery Slopes: Lessons Learned by the North Carolina Geological Survey"
Apr 6 Amanda Schmidt, Oberlin College, Ohio, "Spatial Patterns of Erosion in Western China"
Apr 13 Ben Dattilo, Indiana University-Purdue, University Fort Wayne, "Layer-cake Startigraphy Versus Facies Mosaics in the Cincinnati Ordovician: What is the Bedding-scale Structure of the Stratigraphic Record"
Apr 20 Liang Yi, Visiting Scholar at KSU, "Asian Monsoon, River Incision and Sea Levels in the Late Quaternary in the South Bohai Sea, China"
Apr 27 Faculty meeting and Geology Awards Banquet in evening

Fall 2011

Date Speaker / Event
Sep 2 Graduate Students – KSU Dept of Geology Thesis Research
Sep 9 Dr. Hans Thewissen, Macroevolutionary Patterns Documented with Fossil Whales from India and Pakistan, Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology, NEOUCOM
Sep 16 Dr. Warren Allmon, To What (if anything) is the Present the Key? The Current Status of "Uniformitarianism" in Geology, Director of the Paleontological Research Institution and Hunter R. Rawlings III Professor of Paleontology, Cornell University
Sep 23 Craig E. Kasper, Transforming Waste into Energy – the Biogas Solution, Senior Energy Consultant, Hull & Associates, Inc., Bedford, OH
Sep 30 Dr. Francisca E. Oboh-Ikuenobe, The Science of Palynology and its Applications, Professor and Head of Geology & Geophysics, Dept of Geological Sciences & Engineering, Missouri Univ. of Science & Technology
Oct 14 Dr. John M. Senko, Anaerobic Microbial Processes in Acid Mine Drainage-Impacted Systems, Department of Geology and Environmental Science, University of Akron
Oct 21 Dr. James L. Withiam, A Slope Repair Gone Wrong - Why?, Principal, D'Appolonia, Monroeville, PA
Nov 18 Dr. Brian H. Greene, Lower Lake Girard Dam, Ohio: The Breaching of an Ambursen Dam, Gannett Fleming, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA
Dec 2 Mathew B. Morris, Recent Advances in Slope Stabilization Technology, Gannett Fleming, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA

Spring 2011

Date Speaker / Event
Jan 21 Wondie Seyoum, Nivi Mehrotra, and Katie Thomas Wells, graduate student research updates
Jan 28 Dr. Rob Ross of the Paleontological Research Institute and Museum of the Earth, "Online teaching - What's it good for? Some examples from Geoscience Education"
Feb 4 No colloquium, faculty meeting
Feb 25 Bruce Hilton, President, AEG (Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists), "CA High Speed Train – How to Cross Active Faults at 250 mph"
Mar 4 Scott Scheiner, Siri Siriwardana, Chuks Nwaodua, Nivanthi Mihindukulasooriya, graduate student research updates
Mar 11 Dr. Joseph E. Andrew, University of Kansas, "Large-magnitude Extension of the Death Valley Detachment System & Evolution of the Garlock Fault"
Mar 25 Spring Break
Apr 1 Dr. Soumitri (Mimi) Sarkar, University of Pittsburgh School of Law; Environmental Law Clinic, "Geochemical Characterization of Groundwater Flow Processes in a Large Patterned Peatland"
Apr 15 Dr. Jeff Allwardt of Conoco-Phillips, Houston, "Beyond the Classroom: Applying Geology to Oil & Gas Exploration and Production"
Apr 21-22 Karin Kirk, NAGT Distinguished Speaker, Teaching on-line courses in the Geosciences "Teach the Earth: Tapping into Teaching Materials from a Community of Geoscience Educators"
May 13 TBA

Fall 2010

Date Speaker / Event
Sep 10 Student research presentations (Hasanthi, Cope, Saraceno, Wayman)
Sep 24 Peter Hutchinson, Hutchinson Group, PA (Environmental Geophysics)
Oct 1 Faculty Meeting (2:15 MCG 221A)
Oct 7 Dr. Gail Christeson, University of Texas at Austin, Institute for Geophysics. Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) Distinguished Lecturer. "The Chicxulub Structure: What an Impact!"
Oct 8 Bill Haneberg, 2011 Jahn's Distinguished Lecturer
Oct 15 Dan Billman, Billman Geologic Consultants, Mars, PA (Marcellus Shale)
Oct 22 Dr. Christina Riesselman, USGS, Reston
Nov 5 Faculty Meeting (2:15 MCG 221A)
Nov 12 Dr. Yoram Eckstein, KSU, "The Western Extension of the Himalayan Geothermal Belt"
Nov 19 Dr. Jeremy Green, Geology, KSU @ Tuscarawas Campus
Dec 3 Dr. Ashley Griffith, University of Akron, "Earthquake tales lost in the cracks"
Dec 10 Faculty Meeting (2:15 MCG 221A)

Spring 2010

Date Speaker / Event
Jan 22 Brian Greene, US Army Corps of Engineers, "Emergency Scour Repairs at Allegheny Dam 6, Clinton Pennsylvania."
Jan 29 Paul Marinos (Jahns lecturer), "Geological constraints and geotechnical issues in mechanized tunneling"
Feb 5 Silvio Casadio, Univ. Nacional de La Pampa, Argentina, "West Antarctic Rift system: a possible New Zealand- Patagonia Oligocene paleobiogeographic link"
Feb 12 Faculty Meeting
Feb 19 none scheduled
Feb 25-26 Lisa Pratt, Indiana University, 2010 Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar
Mar 5 TBA
Mar 12 TBA
Mar 19 Brad Shotwell "An improvement in Photo-Documentaton of In-Service Dimension Stone and Masonry Features"
Mar 26 TBA
Apr 9 Mark Wilson, College of Wooster
Apr 16 Faculty Workshop with David Dees, Educational Foundations, Deep Learning: What does this look like in class?
Apr 23 Student Research Summary Presentations; Cristina, Edmund, Madan, Frisky
Apr 30 TBA
May 7 Faculty Meeting

Fall 2009

Date Speaker / Event
Dec 4 John Kovacs (Gannett Fleming) "Geotechnical Construction in a Complex Urban Setting - The Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA"
Nov 20 Kelly LaBlanc (Oberlin College) "Glacial dispersion patterns as a test for spatial modeling of subglacial quarrying"
Nov 13 Duane Krueger (AEG President)
Oct 30 Peg Yacobucci (Bowling Green State University)
Oct 23 Larry Wickstrom, State Geologist and Division Chief, Ohio Geological Survey, CO2 Sequestration
Oct 16 Michael R. Brudzinski (Miami University) "Dancing with the Plates: How the Earth Likes to Shimmy Before it Quakes"
Oct 9 Joe Ortiz (Kent State University) "The Arctic Response to Global Change"
Oct 2 Graduate student research presentations
Sep 18 Edmund Medley, 2008-2009 Jahns Distinguished Lecturer in Engineering Geology: "Of Elephants, Earthquakes, Caves, and Hot Rock - Recent Geological Engineering Adventures"
Edmund Medley lecture
Dr. Abdul Shakoor, Nate Saraceno, Dr. Edmund Medley, Sarah Hudy, Matt Waugh,Tej Gautam, Yonathan Admassu, Madan Maharjan, Adem Ali, and Edmund Baffoe-Twum.
Sep 4 Verne Friberg (U. Akron)