Fall 2014 Colloquium

4:00 Thursdays, unless stated otherwise below


Location:  103 Talbot Hall

104 South Wright Street, Urbana

From CAB: Across Wright and slightly south

For a map and accessibility information for Talbot Hall please see


Pre-talk reception 3:40 to 4:00, 169 Computing Applications Building (CAB)

28 AugNo colloquium (first week of classes)

4 SepThe R. James Kirkpatrick Lecture:
"Rhyolites are hard to make but easy to recycle: Micro-isotopic evidence and numerical models"
Ilya Bindeman, University of Oregon

11 Sep: "Cenozoic evolution of North America: from mantle dynamics to paleoclimate change"  Lijun Liu, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

17 Sep: "Natural Hazards and Human Behavior: The Dangerous Dynamics of Megadisasters" Susan Kieffer, Center for Advanced Study and Walgreen Professor Emerita of Geology and Physics

7:30 PM

Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum

18 Sep: "Tracking Holocene Climate and Ice Sheet Behavior Using Lake Sediments
from Greenland and Arctic Canada"
Yarrow Axford, Northwestern University

24 Sep: AAPG Distinguished Lecturer “Hydraulic Fracturing and Earthquakes: Ethically, How Do We Move Forward and Do the Right Thing?” Don Clarke, University of Southern California

2 Oct Richard L. Hay Lecture
"Mantle flow determined by joint seismic/geodynamic inversions" Steve Grand, UT Austin

9 OctGlenn and Susan Buckley Lecture in Environmental Geology

"West Antarctic Ice Sheet Dynamics: Modern Subglacial Processes and Paleoglaciology" Ross Powell, Northern Illinois University

16 Oct: Ralph E. Grim Lecture in sedimentary geology
“Andean foreland basins: A thermochronological perspective on deformation, sediment provenance, and basin thermal histories” Julie Fosdick, Indiana University

23 Oct"A  417-year seasonally resolved tree-ring oxygen-isotope record: Influences of climate oscillations and solar forcing" Dana Labotka, Illinois State Geological Survey

30 Oct: The Inaugural Phillips Lecture in Paleoscience
"The Deep History of Life"
Andrew Knoll, Harvard University

6 NovDepartment of Geology Alumni Achievement Award Presentation
John Shelton, Ph.D. 1952

13 Nov: Mineralogical Society of America Distinguished Lecturer
"Natural radiation damage in minerals: What can we learn?"
Lutz Nasdala, University of Vienna

20 Nov: Richard L. Hay Lecture
"A Global Surge of Great Earthquakes and What We Are Learning From Them" Thorne Lay, UC Santa Cruz

27 Nov:  No colloquium (Thanksgiving)

4 Dec Art Bettis, University of Iowa