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August 2017

Geology and Geological Department Barbecue and Meet-and-Greet

August 24, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Geology and Geological Engineering: Bob Weimer Trail Tour

August 31, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Meet at Berthoud Hall's west entrance; bring a water bottle.

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September 2017

Van Tuyl Lecture: Recent Mudrocks of the Cariaco Basin, Venezuela: Analog for Shale Oil/Gas Unconventional Reservoirs?

September 7, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Presented by Ursula Hammes, Texas A&M University and Hammes Energy & Consultants Berthoud Hall 241

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Van Tuyl Lecture: Anjali Fernandes, University of Connecticut

September 14, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Dr. Anjali Fernandes' research interests focus on linking landscape dynamics and the preserved sedimentary record of depositional environments, including terrestrial and submarine environments. I work on very small and very large temporal and spatial scales, to unravel the evolution of landscapes, with special emphasis on channel formation and evolution. My research methods include seismic interpretation of sub-surface sedimentary deposits, field studies of modern and ancient depositional environments, and carefully designed laboratory experiments to study sediment transport and the construction of…

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Van Tuyl Lecture: The Impact of Unconventional Oil and Shale Gas Development and Hydraulic Fracturing on Water Resources: Myth and Reality

September 21, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Presented by Avner Vengosh, Duke University Berthoud Hall 241

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October 2017

Van Tuyl Lecture: Leveraging Machine Learning in the Geosciences

October 12, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Mason Dykstra is director of geoscience technology for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. 241 Berthoud Hall Machine learning as a discipline has grown from the use of simple neural networks to complicated multilayered approaches in recent years with recent enhancements in computing power and, in particular, with the advent of graphical processing units as a primary computational machine. While much of the underlying code has been around for decades, hardware improvements and innovative algorithms have enabled significant advances in the discipline. Many…

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Van Tuyl Lecture: The Middle Devonian Marcellus Shale Play

October 19, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Bill Zagorski, Range Resources 241 Berthoud Hall The Middle Devonian Marcellus Shale play has emerged as a major world class hydrocarbon accumulation. It has rapidly evolved into a major shale gas target in North America and represents one of the largest and most prolific shale plays in the world with a prospective area of approximately 114,000 km2 (44,000 mi2). Two major core areas have emerged, each with its unique combination of controlling geologic factors. Production from the Marcellus play has…

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Van Tuyl Lecture: Colorado’s Strata: Reading Notes from the Rock Record

October 26, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Bob Raynolds is a Research Associate for the Denver Museum of Nature and Science 241 Berthoud Hall Colorado’s sedimentary rocks record a history of variable accommodation and orogeny reflecting an evolution of landscapes propelled by plate-scale forces. The strata can be considered in genetically coherent packages consisting of related lithologies and stratal patterns. Late Precambrian to Paleozoic passive margin strata drape the craton facing the Pacific. These are overlain by a xenoconformity (sensu Carroll, 2017) followed by sediments of the…

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November 2017

Van Tuyl Lecture: Richard V. Heermance, California State University-Northridge

November 2, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Richard Heermance is Associate Professor of Geology at California State University Northridge. 241 Berthoud Hall 'Holocene Slip Rates Along the San Andreas Fault System in the San Gorgonio Pass and Implications for Large Earthquakes in Southern California' Abstract: Since the late 17th century the San Andreas Fault (SAF) in southern California has produced three large (M7.3-7.8) earthquakes that did not break through San Gorgonio Pass (SGP). This pass-as-a-barrier behavior can be explained by the complexity of the SAF system. Here…

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Van Tuyl Lecture: Jianqiao Wang, PhD Candidate in Geology

November 9, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Jianqiao Wang, PhD Candidate in Geology, winner of the 2017 Geology and Geological Engineering Department's Student Research Fair. Berthoud Hall 241 Abstract: 'Are Fluvial Facies Models Useful?' Recognition of fluvial planform styles is important for paleogeographic reconstruction of rivers, but the classic fluvial facies models for meandering and braided rivers established in the 1970s are too idealized. Some studies in the ancient and modern rivers show the ‘odd’ cases that do not fit the classic models. One example from the…

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Van Tuyl Lecture: Erick Burns, USGS

November 16, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Erick Burns is a research hydrologist at the U.S. Geological Survey's Oregon Water Science Center. He specializes in the development of methods and tools for analysis and simulation of groundwater and heat flow in the subsurface, particularly in the volcanogenic terrains of California, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. 241 Berthoud Hall 'Groundwater and Heat Flow in the Northwest Volcanic Province, U.S.A' Abstract: Heat-flow mapping of the western USA has identified apparent low-geothermal-heat-flow anomalies within the ~500,000 km2 Northwest Volcanic Province (NVP). …

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Weimer Distinguished Lecture: Henry Posamentier

November 30, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Henry Posamentier retired from Chevron Corporation in 2014. He helped pioneer and develop the modern approach to sequence stratigraphy, blending the disciplines of sedimentology, stratigraphy, and depositional systems analysis, largely within the context of oil and gas exploration. 241 Berthoud Hall 'Using 3D Seismic Data to Manage Exploration and Production Risks - Seismic Stratigraphy and Seismic Geomorphology Applications and Workflows' Abstract:  As high-quality 3D seismic data has become widely available, our ability to predict the subsurface distribution of lithologies has…

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December 2017

Van Tuyl Lecture: Around the World in 81 Talks: A Retrospective on a Year of Lecturing

December 7, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Kamini Singha is professor and Associate Head of the Geology and Geological Engineering Department at Colorado School of Mines and Associate Director of the Hydrologic Science and Engineering Program. 241 Berthoud Hall “Around the World in 81 Talks: A Retrospective on a Year of Lecturing” Abstract: This talk is a few things: an overview of what a year-long lecture circuit looked like for me over this last calendar year, an apology for missing so many faculty meetings, and a short version…

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January 2018

Van Tuyl Lecture: Measurement of 3D Deformation of the Central Calaveras Fault at Coyote Dam Combining Ground-Based Radar and Spaceborne SAR Interferometry

January 18, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Charles Werner, Gamma Remote Sensing AG, Gümligen, Switzerland 241 Berthoud Hall "Measurement of 3D Deformation of the Central Calaveras Fault at Coyote Dam Combining Ground-Based Radar and Spaceborne SAR Interferometry" Abstract: The Central Calaveras Fault (CCF) passes directly through Coyote Dam located southeast of Morgan Hill, California. This earthen embankment dam owned and operated by the Santa Clara Valley Water District (District), has experienced over 80 cm of accumulated fault creep since its construction in 1936. The average slip rate is 10…

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February 2018

Van Tuyl Lecture: José Cerrato, University of New Mexico

February 1, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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José Cerrato, University of New Mexico - José M. Cerrato obtained a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the National Autonomous University of Honduras, and M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Virginia Tech. He was also a Postdoctoral Researcher in Washington University in St Louis. His research interest is related to biogeochemical processes occurring at molecular and macro scales at the interface of water and energy. He has been a recipient of the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Ralph E. Powe…

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Van Tuyl Lecture: Petroleum Systems Analysis in the Alpine Foreland Basin

February 8, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Reinhard Sachsenhofer, Montan Universitat Leoben 241 Berthoud Hall "Petroleum Systems Analysis in the Alpine Foreland Basin" Abstract: The North Alpine Foreland Basin (Molasse Basin) in Central Europe is a mature oil and gas province. Nevertheless, significant new discoveries have been made in the recent years. The improved understanding of petroleum systems contributed significantly to the exploration success. Two petroleum systems are distinguished in the Austrian part of the NAFB: a Lower Oligocene – Mesozoic/Eocene oil and thermogenic gas system and…

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Van Tuyl Lecture: Theresa Schwartz, Research Square

February 15, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Theresa Schwartz, Research Square Van Tuyl Lecture, BE 241, 4 PM "Landscape Evolution of the Rocky Mountain Cordillera: New Insights from Integrated Geologic Datasets" Abstract: Spatio-temporal compilations of tectonic, sedimentary, topographic, and climatic data from across the North American Cordillera and Western Interior region provide a continental-scale view of landscape evolution and drainage reorganization during latest Cretaceous and early Cenozoic time. Late Cretaceous—Eocene Sevier/Laramide crustal thickening caused widespread, diachronous surface uplift in the Cordillera and Western Interior region, generating the…

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GE Department: Student Research Fair With Geophysics

February 22, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Ben H. Parker Student Center, 1200 16th St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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GE Department: Student Research Fair With Geophysics - Sponsored by ConocoPhillips Thursday, February 22, 4-6pm in Ballrooms A, B & C, Ben Parker Student Center

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March 2018

Van Tuyl Lecture: Mike Blum, University of Kansas

March 1, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Mike Blum, University of Kansas Van Tuyl Lecture, BE 241, 4 PM Topic: Record of Sediment Transport from the Himalayan-Sourced Ganges-Brahmaputra Rivers to the Deep-Sea Bengal Fan: 18 Myr of Fan Deposition from Detrital Zircons Mike Blum, Department of Geology, University of Kansas Kimberly Rogers, Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research, University of Colorado James Gleason, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Michigan Yani Najman, Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University Abstract: The Himalayan-sourced Ganges-Brahmaputra river system and the deep-sea Bengal…

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Van Tuyl Lecture: Meeting the Challenges of the World’s Growing Dependence on Groundwater

March 8, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Bill Alley, United States Geological Survey, National Groundwater Association 241 Berthoud Hall "Meeting the Challenges of the World's Growing Dependence on Groundwater" Abstract: Groundwater is the primary source of drinking water for almost half the world's people, essential to irrigated agriculture, and provides enormous environmental benefits. With a growing population and changing climate, the world needs groundwater more than ever. Dr. Alley looks at examples from around the world to uncover the main issues surrounding groundwater depletion and contamination. Included…

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Van Tuyl Lecture: Chen Zhu, Indiana University

March 15, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Chen Zhu, Indiana University Van Tuyl Lecture, BE 241, 4 PM Topic: “Novel Applications of Non-traditional Stable Isotopes to Geochemical Kinetics” Abstract: Modeling water-rock reactions in geological carbon sequestration, hydrothermal ore deposit formation, geothermal energy extraction, and disposal of nuclear waste all require the knowledge of kinetic parameters and rate equations. Yet, critical experimental data near-equilibrium are lacking and the applicability of rate equations is untested. We used multi-collector ICP-MS analysis of non-traditional stable isotopes, and a “Si isotope doping method” to…

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Van Tuyl Lecture: Dallas Dunlap, University of Texas at Austin

March 22, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Dallas Dunlap, University of Texas at Austin Van Tuyl Lecture, BE 241, 4 PM Topic: Ancient Carbonate Channel-Levee Systems: Browse Basin, NW Shelf Australia Abstract:  Submarine channels are primary conduits for clastic sediment transport to deep-water basins, thereby controlling the location of marine depocenters and sediment bypass.  The evolution and depositional character of submarine channels have broad implications to sediment dispersal, sediment quality, and hydrocarbon exploration potential. Siliciclastic channel systems have been extensively studied in modern environments, seismic and outcrop; however, carbonate channel-levee deposits have only recently been explored. Here we utilize…

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April 2018

Van Tuyl Lecture: Jeff Chaumba, University of North Carolina at Pembroke

April 5, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Jeff Chaumba, University of North Carolina at Pembroke Van Tuyl Lecture, BE 241, 4 PM Topic: Precambrian Layered Mafic Intrusions (?) of the Zimbabwean Craton: Their Economic Importance and Origin Abstract: The Zimbabwean craton contains the classic Great Dyke, as well as a host of numerous other relatively large Precambrian layered intrusions (?), the majority of which contain significant chromite, platinum-group elements (PGE), gold, and chrysotile asbestos deposits. With the exception of the Great Dyke, recent results from chromite chemistry suggest that…

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Van Tuyl Lecture: Alpine Hydrogeology: The Critical Role of Groundwater in Sourcing the Headwaters of the World

April 12, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Masaki Hayashi, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Geoscience at the University of Calgary. He holds the Canada Research Chair in Physical Hydrology. He received his B.Sc. and MSc. in earth sciences from Waseda University and Chiba University, respectively, in Japan and his Ph.D. in earth sciences from the University of Waterloo in Canada. His main research interests are in the connection among groundwater, surface water, and atmospheric moisture in various environments ranging from the prairies to the…

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Van Tuyl Lecture: Daniella Rempe, University of Texas at Austin

April 19, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Daniella Rempe, Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin Van Tuyl Lecture, BE 241, 4 PM Topic: Probing Weathered Bedrock in Earth’s Critical Zone: Rock Moisture and its Implications for Weathering and Biogeochemical Processes Abstract: Many mountainous landscapes are mantled with thin soils that overlie meters to tens of meters of weathered bedrock. This transition zone between soil and bedrock often controls how infiltrating water is partitioned between evapotranspiration and runoff, as well as the rate and pattern of chemical…

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Van Tuyl Lecture: Clint Dawson, University of Texas at Austin

April 26, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Clint Dawson, University of Texas at Austin Van Tuyl Lecture, BE 241, 4 PM Topic: Algorithms for Hurricane Storm Surge Modeling: Current State and Future Outlook Abstract: Hurricane storm surge modeling, especially in forecast mode as hurricanes approach land, is critical for emergency management, evacuation or shelter-in-place planning, and deployment of first responders.  After the event, storm surge models are used in forensic studies, validation exercises, and for planning future response to potential hurricanes.  Over the past 20 years, storm surge models,…

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August 2018

Geology and Geological Department Meet-and-Greet and Barbecue

August 23, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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241 & 243 Berthoud Hall

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Geology and Geological Engineering: Bob Weimer Trail Tour

August 30, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Meet at Berthoud Hall's west entrance; bring a water bottle.

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September 2018

Van Tuyl Lecture: Wolfgang Maier, Cardiff University at Wales

September 6, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Wolfgang Maier, Cardiff University at Wales 241 Berthoud Hall, 4PM Topic: Formation of the Bushveld Complex and its Ore Deposits Abstract: The formation of the Bushveld ore deposits remains controversial, despite a century of research. Here it is proposed that sulphide and oxide deposits in the Bushveld Complex and other layered intrusions form when large, incompletely solidified magma chambers undergo central subsidence in response to crustal loading, resulting in slumping of semi-consolidated cumulate slurries to the centres of the intrusions and hydrodynamic…

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Van Tuyl Lecture: Faouziya Haissen, Universite Hassan II de Casablanca

September 13, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Faouziya Haissen, Universite Hassan II de Casablanca 241 Berthoud Hall, 4PM Topic: The Geology of Morocco: A Record of 3 Billion Years of Earth’s History Abstract: Morocco is located in the northwestern corner of the African continent, east of the Atlantic Ocean and south of the European plate. It records a rich geological history lasting from the Archean to the present. Since 2.0 Ga, foursuccessive orogenic cycles (Eburnean, Pan-African, Variscan and Alpine cycles) have shaped the geology and the topography of Morocco with…

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Van Tuyl Lecture: Travis Swanson, Rice University

September 20, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Travis Swanson, Rice University 241 Berthoud Hall, 4PM Topic: Exploring the Morphodynamic Response of Coastal Barriers to Sea-Level Rise along the Texas Gulf Coast Abstract: The Texas portion of the Gulf Coast spans nearly 600 kilometers and is chiefly composed of barrier islands and peninsulas that shelter bay environments and numerous coastal communities from damaging storm surge and waves. Presently, this coastal barrier system is evolving at an unprecedented rate, as sediment that comprises these protective barriers is being depleted while sea-level…

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Van Tuyl Lecture: Dave Boutt, University of Massachusetts

September 27, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Dave Boutt, University of Massachusetts 241 Berthoud Hall, 4PM Topic: Water and Lithium - The Nexus of Hydrogeosciences and Green Energy in the Transition from Fossil Fuels Abstract: The Earth is warming at an unprecedented pace due to the release of carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels. Our society is now in the great transition to a green and more sustainable energy supply. The development of portable and powerful energy storage mechanisms is essential to replace our dependence on…

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October 2018

Van Tuyl Lecture: George Hornberger, Vanderbilt Institute for Energy and Environment

October 4, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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George Hornberger, Vanderbilt Institute for Energy & Environment 241 Berthoud Hall, 4PM Topic: Water, Climate, Food, Energy, Society: A Case Study of Sri Lanka Abstract: Food, energy, and water (FEW) are primary resources required for human populations and ecosystems. The large and growing water demands for agricultural production are well known, water can be a significant constraint in electricity production, and the use of arable land for biofuels represents tradeoff decisions at the FEW nexus. Climate change will affect water availability. Increased…

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Van Tuyl Lecture: Lauren Foster, CSM PhD Candidate, GE/GP Student Research Fair Winner

October 11, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Lauren Foster, CSM PhD Candidate, GE/GP Student Research Fair Winner 241 Berthoud Hall,  4-5PM Topic: Modeling Climate Change Impacts to Rocky Mountain Headwater Hydrology Abstract: Rocky Mountain headwater catchments provide 85% of Colorado River streamflow and also feed the large Arkansas and Platte River basins. The continued growth of cities from California to Arkansas depends on reliable export from these topographically complex basins. Despite consensus that high-elevation headwaters are more sensitive to climate warming, most models used to predict climate impacts to…

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Van Tuyl Lecture: Kristin Bergmann, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

October 18, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Kristin Bergmann, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 241 Berthoud Hall, 4PM Topic: Carbonates before Skeletons and the PreCambrian World Abstract: Carbonate and phosphatic rocks retain significant information about climatic conditions in Earth’s deep history.  Determining how temperature and seawater oxygen isotope (δ18O) fluctuations influenced carbonate and phosphatic δ18O records over geologic time, therefore, is crucial for understanding the coupled evolutions of Earth’s climate and biota.  Carbonate clumped isotope thermometry (D47) of ancient carbonates and fossils has the potential to unravel these competing effects. …

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Van Tuyl Lecture: James Hagadorn, Denver Museum

October 25, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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James Hagadorn, Denver Museum 241 Berthoud Hall, 4PM Topic: New Data from the Strata: Rocky Mountain Extinctions Abstract: Hiding within our mountainous successions of redbeds and ridge-capping carbonates, are strata that record Colorado’s passage through two mass extinctions—the end-Devonian (Fammenian) and Permian-Triassic events. Although challenging to decipher in outcrop and in the subsurface, they are relevant tie-points between basins across the Rocky Mountain region and contain some unusual facies and faunas that reflect the interplay between continental and marine conditions at transitions…

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November 2018

Van Tuyl Lecture: Steve Keller, Colorado Geological Survey

November 1, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Steve Keller, Colorado Geological Survey 241 Berthoud Hall, 4PM Topic: Investigations in the late Eocene Castle Rock Conglomerate, 1869-2018 Abstract: The late Eocene Castle Rock Conglomerate (Tcr) has been of interest to geologists, starting in the late 19th century and continuing to the present day. The formation caps the prominent Castle Rock butte north of the Town of Castle Rock, and is especially well exposed in the cliffs, ledges, and flat outcrops at Castlewood Canyon State Park south of Franktown. It lies…

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Van Tuyl Lecture: Michael Cardiff, University of Wisconsin

November 8, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Michael Cardiff, University of Wisconsin Topic: The Challenges (and some solutions) for Predicting Flow and Transport in the Deep Subsurface Abstract: The deep subsurface is increasingly being called upon to meet humanity’s growing water, energy, and waste containment needs. This zone – which for fluid flow purposes may roughly be defined as between 100 m and 5 km below land surface – represents a region where complex interactions between fluid flow, rock mechanics, and heat and chemical transport take place. Engineering applications as diverse as CO2 sequestration, hydraulic fracturing, liquid waste…

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Van Tuyl Lecture: Chunan Tang, Dalian University of Technology

November 15, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Chunan Tang, Dalian University of Technology, China 241 Berthoud Hall, 4PM Topic: Conceptual Model of Enhanced Geothermal System Based on Excavation Technology (EGS-E) Abstract: The current technology for Enhanced Geothermal System (EGS) typically involves drilling of deep injection and production wells to inject cold water into the injection well to the EGS reservoir depth, to extract heat by permeating through the fractured hot rock masses, collected by the production well and return to the surface as heated water. In this presentation, a…

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Weimer Distinguished Lecture: Kevin Bohacs, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company

November 29, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Kevin Bohacs, KMBohacs Geoconsulting 241 Berthoud Hall, 4PM Topic: The Vital Role of Mudstone/Shale Studies in Advancing Sequence Stratigraphy in General Abstract: Studies of mudstone/shale have benefitted from using the sequence-stratigraphic approach but have also improved sequence stratigraphy as a discipline. Observations accumulated over the last 35 years, accelerated by the ‘shale-gas revolution’, indicate that mud is a quite active component of depositional systems at many scales and not just passive fill among coarser grains. It appears that various grain-size classes…

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December 2018

Van Tuyl Lecture: Kaleb Scarberry, Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology

December 6, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Kaleb Scarberry, Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology 241 Berthoud Hall, 4PM Topic: Mesozoic – Cenozoic Igneous Geology and Related Mineral Deposits in the Butte North 30’ X 60’ Quadrangle, Southwestern Montana Abstract: The Butte North 30' x 60' quadrangle in southwestern Montana has been subject to extensive geologic research since the 1890’s, and detailed U. S. Geological Survey (USGS) investigations began over one hundred years ago (e.g. Weed, 1912) (Appendix A). Mineral resource exploration associated with the Butte, Welcome Creek, and…

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January 2019

Van Tuyl Lecture: Johanna Blake, University of New Mexico

January 17 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Johanna Blake, University of New Mexico 241 Berthoud, 4-5PM Topic: Uranium Mobility and Accumulation at the Jackpile Mine, Laguna Pueblo, NM Abstract: The chemical interactions, mobility, and plant uptake of uranium (U) near abandoned mine wastes was investigated along the Rio Paguate, adjacent to the Jackpile Mine, located in Laguna Pueblo, New Mexico.  Solid analyses using X-ray fluorescence determined that sediments located in the Jackpile Mine contain ranges of 320 to 9200 mg/kg U. The presence of coffinite, a U(IV)-bearing mineral, was…

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Van Tuyl Lecture: Alexei Milkov, Colorado School of Mines

January 31 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Alexei Milkov, Colorado School of Mines 241 Berthoud, 4-5PM Topic: Randomness, Serendipity and Luck in Petroleum Exploration Petroleum explorers often acknowledge the contribution of luck in exploration outcomes. Our survey of 237 current industry practitioners revealed that 90% of them believe that luck plays some role in the outcome of exploration projects. However, luck as a factor in petroleum exploration has never been quantified before, and therefore it remains an abstract concept that is not deeply considered by geoscientists and exploration…

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February 2019

Van Tuyl Lecture: Jerry Magloughlin, Colorado State University

February 6 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Jerry Magloughlin, Colorado State University Berthoud Hall 241 at 4:00 pm. Topic: A Geologist’s Perspective on Meteorites, and Insights into Chondrite Formation and Evolution from a New NWA Meteorite

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Van Tuyl Lecture: Oliver Jagoutz, MIT

February 7 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Oliver Jagoutz, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 241 Berthoud, 4-5PM Topic: Low-latitude Arc-continent Collision as a Driver for Global Cooling Abstract: Throughout most of Earth’s history, and certainly over at least the last 500 MA, the global the global climate was much warmer than the climate we experiencing today and the poles were most of the time ice free. However, at least in the last 500 Ma the Earth has experienced a few so-call ice-ages were poles were covered in ice like…

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Van Tuyl Lecture: Derek Sawyer, Ohio State University

February 14 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Derek Sawyer, Ohio State University, School of Earth Sciences 241 Berthoud, 4-5PM Topic: Earthquakes and Submarine Landslides on Continental Margins Abstract: Earthquakes are a primary trigger of submarine landslides yet some of the most seismically active areas on Earth show a surprisingly low frequency of submarine landslides. Our recent work has explored this apparent paradox using shear strength measurements from 50 years of scientific ocean drilling over the world’s oceans. We find that within the uppermost 100 meters below seafloor sediment, active margins…

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GE Department: Student Research Fair With Geophysics

February 21 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Ben H. Parker Student Center, 1200 16th St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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GE Department: Student Research Fair With Geophysics - Sponsored by ConocoPhillips Thursday, February 21, 4-6pm in the Grand Ballroom, Ben Parker Student Center

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Van Tuyl Lecture: Joe Macquaker, ExxonMobil

February 28 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Joe Macquaker, ExxonMobil Exploration Company Topic: What are "Shales"? How Do We Know and Why Do We Care? Abstract: More than 70% of the stratigraphic record is composed of fine-grained sediments. They are very important economically as they act as source rocks and seals in conventional hydrocarbon systems, reservoirs in unconventional systems and are important raw materials for the ceramics industry. In spite of their commercial importance and common occurrence they are poorly known compared to other sediment types. This arises because…

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March 2019

Van Tuyl Lecture: John Muntean, University of Nevada Reno

March 7 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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John Muntean, Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, University of Nevada Reno 241 Berthoud Hall, 4PM Topic: The Continua between Carlin-type Gold Deposits and Distal Disseminated and Epithermal Gold-Silver Deposits in Nevada Abstract: Most research on Carlin-type deposits in Nevada has focused on four main camps that account for 95% of the production from Carlin-type deposits in Nevada – the Carlin Trend, Cortez, Getchell, and Jerritt Canyon. Though their local geologic settings differ slightly, they share many common characteristics, including lithologic and…

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Van Tuyl Lecture: Brian Romans, Virginia Tech

March 21 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Brian Romans, Virginia Tech 241 Berthoud, 4-5PM Topic: Reconstructing Deep Ocean Circulation during Cenozoic Climate Transitions from the Marine Sediment Record Abstract: Ocean circulation plays a critical role in the Earth’s climate system through the storage and transfer of heat and carbon dioxide. The North Atlantic and Southern Ocean are of particular interest because these are regions where deep-water components of global circulation develop. Overall patterns and functioning of modern oceanic circulation is relatively well understood, but significant uncertainty remains about circulation…

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April 2019

Van Tuyl Lecture: Dr. Jerry Magloughlin, Colorado State University

April 4 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Dr. Jerry Magloughlin, Colorado State University 241 Berthoud, 4-5PM Topic: A Geologist’s Perspective on Meteorites, and Insights into Chondrite Formation and Evolution from a New NWA Meteorite Abstract: While arguably the most famous of all rocks, meteorites are among the least understood by most geologists. This talk will provide a geologist’s overview of meteorites and meteoritics, a flourishing and active area of research within the geosciences, followed by a description and tentative classification of a new NWA meteorite. Meteorite study indeed requires…

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Van Tuyl Lecture: Jennifer Druhan, University of Illinois

April 11 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Jennifer Druhan, University of Illinois 241 Berthoud, 4-5PM Topic: Isotopic Reactive Transport: Unraveling Biogeochemical Processes in Groundwater Systems Abstract: Water is a basic necessity for life, and exerts a primary control on virtually all geological, chemical and biological processes occurring at or near the Earth’s surface. Because these water-rock-life interactions take place at interfaces, both fluid composition and the physical and chemical structure of porous media must be treated as coevolving phenomena.  Such complex and interrelated processes can hinder both interpretation and…

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Van Tuyl Lecture: Kurtis Burmeister, University of the Pacific

April 18 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Kurtis Burmeister, University of the Pacific 241 Berthoud Hall,  4-5PM Topic: Welcome to Jurassic Arc: Insights from a Remarkably Preserved Sierra Nevadan Remnant Abstract: The Sierra Nevada are best known for breath-taking exposures of granitic rocks in places like Yosemite Valley, Kings Canyon, and the Tahoe Basin. These rocks are part of the Sierra Nevada batholith, which is part of a massive granitic backbone that spans much of the length of western North America. These granitic rocks offer us interesting glimpses into how…

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Van Tuyl Lecture: Dmitri Kulik, Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland

April 25 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Dmitri Kulik, Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland 241 Berthoud, 4-5PM Topic: GEMS for Geochemical Modeling of Fluid-rock Interaction and Radioactive Waste Disposal Abstract: Geochemical systems usually consist of aqueous, gaseous and many possible mineral phases, including solid solutions and/or sorption. Their evolution often involves reactive transport phenomena, represented at any given time point by local- and partial equilibrium states, understanding and prediction of which requires computer-aided thermodynamic modeling. GEMS is a geochemical modeling software based on Gibbs Energy Minimization (GEM) and developed…

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