Past Events

Buried forests and ghost ships: Geoarchaeology of the Black and Baltic Sea Coasts by Ilya Buynevich of Temple University

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Please join us for the next seminar series on April 28, 2015 at 12:30pm in Beach Hall room 233.  Ilya Buynevich from Temple University will be presenting “Buried forests and ghost ships: Geoarchaeology of the Black and Baltic Sea Coasts.”

Students and faculty are invited to attend.  Snacks will be served.



Career Day with UConn Geosciences Alumni

Career Day with UConn Alumni

PLEASE JOIN US in Beach 233 

FOR A CAREER PANEL on April 21, 2015


Presentations, Q&A, Lunch

thomasMargaret A. ThomasDr. Thomas is the State Geologist for the State of Connecticut Geological Survey Office.
binkhorstGordon BinkhorstDr. Binkhorst is a Hydrogeologist with Alta Environmental, Inc., in Colchester, CT 
asherPranati AsherDr. Asher is the Manager of Education and Public Outreach programs for the American Geophysical Union (AGU) 

“From isotopes to mountain slopes: Unraveling the sedimentary response to tectonics and surface processes in the Patagonian Andes” with Julie Fosdick

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Julie’s research addresses the interactions between crustal deformation, exhumation, and basin evolution during mountain-building. She is particularly interested in understanding the long-term evolution of orogenic belts during their growth and denudation as recorded in the sedimentary record. Julie draws upon numerous field-based, analytical, and modeling tools that include basin analysis, low–temperature thermochronology, and structural geology

Getting blood from a stone: Animation, X-rays, and dinosaur track diversity by Stephen Gatesy, Brown University


Please join us!  Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 12:30pm in Beach Hall 233 for our next Seminar Series presentation by Stpehen Gatesy of Brown University.

Stephen Gatesy’s background is in biology, paleontology, and art. He has a BA from Colgate University, was the Watson Fellow where he studied dinosaurs in European museums, and received his Ph.D. from Harvard, where his research featured X-ray and muscle activity studies of alligators and birds to explore the evolution of hind limb function in bipedal, meat-eating dinosaurs (theropods).

Stephen Gatesy’s research uses 3-D animation tools to reconstruct dinosaur foot movements based on fossil tracks, to measure skeletal motion in walking and flying birds, and to find new ways to study locomotor evolution.


“Continental Differentiation by Relamination” presented by Bradley Hacker, U.Cal Santa Barbara


Please join us for our next Geoscience Seminar Series on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 12:30pm in Beach Hall Room 233.  Bradley Hacker from UC-Santa Barbara, will be presenting “Continental Differentiation by Relamination”.

Bradley R. Hacker  is a Professor of Earth Science at the University of Calfornia, Santa Barbara’s Earth Research Institute.  He received his BS and MS in Geology from UC Davis in 1982 and 1984.  He completed his doctorate in Geology at UCLA in 1988. He then spent eight years as a postdoctoral scholar and research associate at Stanford University, and as a geologist for the US Geological Survey. He joined the UCSB faculty in 1996. Dr. Hacker is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the Geological Society of America, the Mineralogical Society of America, and the Cave Research Foundation. He, his students, postdocs, and affiliated researchers are funded by the National Science Foundation to work on exciting field, laboratory, and theoretical studies of tectonics:

A pore pressure perspective on fluid injection induced seismicity by Shemin Ge

Please jshemin_imageoin us for the next guest speaker in the Spring Geosciences Seminar Series, Shemin Ge, of University of Colorado at Boulder, who will be presenting “A Pore Pressure Perspective on Fluid Injection Induced Seismicity”.  

The seminar will be held on March 31, 2015 at 12:30pm in Beach Hall 233.

Increased seismicity in recent years in geologically quiescent regions in the central and eastern US has been linked to wastewater injection associated with oil and natural gas production. How excess pore pressures generated from the injected wastewater propagate spatially and evolve temporally is likely a key control in inducing the earthquakes, providing a physical linkage between injection activity and seismicity occurrence. In spite of the basic physics of pore pressure propagation being well established, the linkage remains controversial and inconclusive.  Download flyer here.


Shemin Ge received her Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University in 1990, worked for S.S. Papadopulos Associates before joining CU-Boulder in 1993.  Her research interests are in coupling fluid flow and rock deformation, earthquake hydrology, geothermal energy and fluid flow, and impact of climate on groundwater resources.


The nature and duration of the Sturtian Snowball Earth Glaciation by Francis Macdonald of Harvard University

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Please join us on March 10, 2015 for our Spring Seminar Series at 12:30pm in Beach Hall 233.  Francis Macdonald, Associate Professor of Geology at Harvard University, will be discussing his research on “The nature and duration of the Sturtian Snowball Earth Glaciation.”

His research focuses on the interactions of tectonics, climate, and biological evolution through Earth history.

This work begins with geological mapping, and uses stratigraphic analysis, isotope geochemistry, geochronology, paleomagnetism, and paleontology to reconstruct paleoenvironments and tectonic histories. Recent projects have focused on the initiation and duration of Snowball Earth events, the chemical evolution of the ocean leading up to the Cambrian explosion, and the Neoproterozoic to Paleozoic tectonic evolution of North America and Asia. Macdonald was awarded the Star Family Prize for Excellence in Advising in 2012. He holds a Ph.D. in Geology from Harvard University and a B.S. in Geology from Caltech.  Find out more about Francis on his website.

Evaluating mobilization and transport of Arsenic and other trace elements from poultry litter application – Presented by Yinka Oyewumi of Central CT State University – on March 3, 2015

Yinka OyewumiPlease join us for the next seminar in our Spring Seminar Series, presented by Yinka Oyewumi from Central CT State University.  His topic will be “Evaluating mobilization and transport of Arsenic and other trace elements from poultry litter application.”  The seminar will be held on March 3, 2015 at 12:30pm in Beach Hall 233.