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

Spring 2015

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

August 29    Faculty Meeting

September 5   Graduate Student presentations

September 11 (Thursday) 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

September 19   Joel Moore, Towson University, "A high salt diet: How stormwater management ponds affect road salt impacts on soils, groundwater, and streams"

September 26   TBA

October 3   Patricia Manley, Middlebury College, "Glacial Lake Discharges and Abrupt Climate Change: Lake Champlain"

October 10   Dale Tshudy, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, "Taxonomy and phylogeny of bizarre deep sea lobsters: collaboration of paleontologists and marine biologists"

October 17   David Costello, Kent State University, "Biogeochemistry and toxicity of metals in stream sediments​"

October 24   Faculty Meeting

October 31   Water Research Symposium Keynote Speaker: David L. Sedlak, University of California, Berkeley

November 7   John Lenhart​, The Ohio State University

November 14   Nadine McQuarrie, University of Pittsburgh

November 21   Faculty Meeting

November 28   Thanksgiving recess

December 5   Faculty Meeting

Spring 2014

Januaray 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".

January 31    Jim James, Gannett Fleming, Inc., "Thorn Run Dam Construction"

February 7    Brian Lutz, Biological Sciences, Kent State University, "Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining and Hydraulic Fracturing: Comparing Impacts on Water Resources"

February 14    Darin Croft, Case Western Reserve University, "Paleobiology of a late, great clade of South American herbivores"

February 21    Faculty meeting

February 28    Christina Lopano, US DOE, "Mineral Reactions in Energy Systems"

March 7    Rowan Martindale, Harvard University, "Triassic reefs in North America"

March 14    James McManus, University of Akron, "The supply of iron from marine sediments to global ocean: isotope signatures & impacts of changing ocean chemistry"

March 21    Faculty meeting

April 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"

April 11   Nita Sahai, University of Akron, Mineralogical Society of America Distinguished Lecturer, "The Potential Role of Geochemical Environments and Minerals in Protocell Evolution"

April 18    Katie Farnsworth, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, "Global and Regional Perspectives on Sediment Flux to the Worlds Oceans"

April 25    Anne Jefferson and Chris Rowan, "Geologists on Adventure along the Antarctic Peninsula"   

May 2    Faculty meeting


Fall 2013

September 6   Geology Graduate Student Presentations: Kevin Engle, Frank Mathias, Inoka Hasanthi Widanagamage, and Eric Sload

September 13   David Harwood, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and ANDRILL Science Management Office, "Drilling deep beneath Antarctic ice to reveal past and future climate change"

September 20   Jessica Ball, SUNY-Buffalo, "Water flowing underground: Modeling hydrothermal systems in cooling lava domes"

September 27   Faculty Meeting

October 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"

October 11   David M. Singer, Kent State University, "Contaminant sequestration in mesoporous materials and secondary mineral coatings: The importance of confined pore spaces"

October 18  Dr. Jessica Anderson Maisano, UT-Austin, Jackson School of Geosciences , "An Overview of High Resolution X-ray Computed Tomography: Data Acquisition and Applications"

October 25   Faculty Meeting

November 1   Dan Bain, University of Pittsburgh, "Urban hydrology in a rugged, old place: emerging lessons from Pittsburgh"

November 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"

November 15   Human Impacts on Water Symposium at KSU Hotel and Conference Center

November 22   Faculty Meeting

December 6   Pre-AGU (no colloquium)

Spring 2013

Januaray 18    Faculty Meeting

January 25     cancelled

February 1     Dave Hacker, Kent State University, "From Dikes to Sills to Laccoliths: a Look at Shallow Level Magnetic Systems"

February 8     TBA

February 15     TBA

February 22     TBA

March 1     TBA

March 8     Faculty meeting

March 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"

March 22     Jim McCalpin, Jahns Lecturer: "The Many Uses of Trenching in Assessing Geologic Hazards in Engineering Geology"

April 5     Kristin Jaeger, Ohio State's School of Environment and Natural Resources, "Streamflow Variability of Dryland Rivers in a Changing Climate"

April 12     Eric Klemetti, Denison Universtiy, Granville OH, "Crystal Diaspora and Blooms at Arc Volcanoes"

April 19     Brian Greene, Gannett Fleming, "Impacts of Geology on Dam Design in Western Pennsylvania"

April 26     Beverly Saylor, Case Western, TBA

May 3     Faculty meeting

Fall 2012

September 7    Graduate Student Presentations, Department of Geology, Kent State University 

September 14    William Johnson, Senior Staff, D'Appolonia, Monroeville, PA, "The Evaluation of Offshore Geohazards" 

September 21    Dr. Rod Feldmann, Department of Geology, Kent State University, "An Amazing Triassic Fossil Assemblage in Amazing China"

Monday, 2:00 p.m., September 24    Dr. Mimi Katz, IODP Distinguished Lecturer, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, "Antarctic Circumpolar Current Evolution and its Impact on Climate and Global Ocean Circulation"

October 5    Dr. Mary Ann Thomas, U.S. Geological Survey, Ohio Water Science Center, Columbus, OH, "Arsenic and Water:"

October 12    Dr. Neil Wells, Department of Geology, Kent State University, "A Surfeit of Shorelines: Lake Erie's Late-Glacial Ancestors"


October 26    Dr. Eric Taylor, Department of Geology, Kent State University, Stark Campus, "Molecular Binding to Asbestos: a Protein's Point of View"

November 2    No Colloquium

November 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"

November 16    Dr. Joe Ortiz, Department of Geology, Kent State University, "Arctic Impacts on the Climate System"

November 30    OPEN

Spring 2012

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 (Tuesday)     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 (Tuesday)     Candidate for the new TT faculty position in Mineralogy

Feb. 17     Candidate for the new TT faculty position in Mineralogy

Feb. 21 (Tuesday)     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

Sept. 2     Graduate Students – KSU Dept of Geology Thesis Research

Sept. 9     Dr. Hans Thewissen, Macroevolutionary Patterns Documented with Fossil Whales from India and Pakistan, Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology, NEOUCOM

Sept.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        

Sept. 23     Craig E. Kasper, Transforming Waste into Energy – the Biogas Solution, Senior Energy Consultant, Hull & Associates, Inc., Bedford, OH

Sept. 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

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"

March 4  Scott Scheiner, Siri Siriwardana, Chuks Nwaodua, Nivanthi Mihindukulasooriya, graduate student research updates

March 11  Dr. Joseph E. Andrew, University of Kansas, "Large-magnitude Extension of the Death Valley Detachment System & Evolution of the Garlock Fault"

March 25  Spring break

April 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"

April 15  Dr. Jeff Allwardt of Conoco-Phillips, Houston, "Beyond the Classroom: Applying Geology to Oil & Gas Exploration and Production"

April 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

Sept. 10  Student research presentations (Hasanthi, Cope, Saraceno, Wayman)

Sept. 24   Peter Hutchinson, Hutchinson Group, PA (Environmental Geophysics)

Oct. 1   Faculty Meeting (2:15 MCG 221A)

Oct. 7 (Thursday)   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

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

March 5   TBA

March 12   TBA

March 19   Brad Shotwell "An improvement in Photo-Documentaton of In-Service Dimension Stone and Masonry Features"

March 26   TBA

April 9   Mark Wilson, College of Wooster

April 16   Faculty Workshop with David Dees, Educational Foundations, Deep Learning: What does this look like in class?

April 23   Student Research Summary Presentations; Cristina, Edmund, Madan, Frisky

April 30   TBA

May 7   Faculty meeting

Fall 2009

December 4    John Kovacs (Gannett Fleming) "Geotechnical Construction in a Complex Urban Setting - The Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA"

November 20    Kelly LaBlanc (Oberlin College) "Glacial dispersion patterns as a test for spatial modeling of subglacial quarrying"

November 13    Duane Krueger (AEG President)

October 30    Peg Yacobucci (Bowling Green State University)

October 23  Larry Wickstrom, State Geologist and Division Chief, Ohio Geological Survey, CO2 Sequestration

October 16    Michael R. Brudzinski (Miami University) "Dancing with the Plates: How the Earth Likes to Shimmy Before it Quakes"

October 9    Joe Ortiz (Kent State University) "The Arctic Response to Global Change"

October 2    Graduate student research presentations

September 18    Edmund Medley, 2008-2009 Jahns Distinguished Lecturer in Engineering Geology: "Of Elephants, Earthquakes, Caves, and Hot Rock - Recent Geological Engineering Adventures"


Dr. Abdul Shakoor, Nate Saraceno, Dr. Edmund Medley, Sarah Hudy, Matt Waugh,Tej Gautam, Yonathan Admassu, Madan Maharjan, Adem Ali, and Edmund Baffoe-Twum.

September 4    Verne Friberg (U. Akron)