Throughout the Fall and Winter terms, the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences hosts the William T. Smith Lecture Series that brings in distinguished speakers from other universities and research institutions. In most years the Department also hosts a Vandervoo and a Dorr lecture.


September 8, Imbalance of Carbon Production and Removal Processes in the Offshore California Current Ecosystem, Sara Rivera, UMich

October 2, Diversifying oceanography: The Coastal Ocean Environment Summer School in Ghana, Brian Arbic,  UM; Edem Mahu,  University of Ghana; Adam Simon,  UM; Madeline Foster-Martinez,  University of New Orleans

October 9, Shock compression experiments of natural silicates to elucidate planetary impact processes, Bethany A. Chidester, UC Davis

October 16, Impact basins as probes of planetary interiors, Brandon Johnson, Purdue

October 23, Petrological modeling of subduction of the oceanic crust: insights into slab dehydration and melting, David Hernandez Uribe, UMich

October 30, Probing Surface-Interior Mass Exchange in the Earth Using Nitrogen, Ananya Mallik, U of Arizona

November 6, Some Observations on the Evolution of the Earth System: Plate Tectonics,  Paleogeography,  Paleoclimate,  and Paleobiogeography, Vandervoo Lecture: Chris Scotese, Northwestern

November 13, Global Quieting of Anthropogenic,  High-Frequency Seismic Noise Due to COVID-19 Pandemic Lockdown Measures, Thomas Lecocq, Royal Observatory of Belgium

November 20, Extreme Rain-Snow Elevation Changes during California Storms,  and My STEM Journey, Tashiana C Osborne, UCSD

December 4, Evaluation of Terrestrial Water and Energy Budget Components over the St. Lawrence River Basin, Yiwen Mei, UMich 

January 22, Tracking and Anticipating Lava Flow Emplacement, Oryaëlle Chevrel , Institut de Recherche pour le Développement,  Laboratoire Magma et Volcans,  UCA 

January 29, Fossils,  Isotopes,  and Rainforests: New Approaches Challenge Foundational Tenets of Stable Isotope Terrestrial Paleoecology and Biogeographical Reconstructions of Mammals in the Neotropics, Julia Tejada, Université de Montpellier

February 5, Using Alteration Minerals Chemical and Isotopical Variations as a Proxy for Unravelling the Formation of Andean Iron Oxide Copper Gold Deposits, Irene del Real , University of Chile

February 12, Molecular Memories of Earth’s Antiquity, Jennifer Glass , Georgia Tech

February 19, Chemical mixing and mantle convection driven (or hindered) by eclogite in the terrestrial planets, Jin Zhang, University of New Mexico

February 26, Unraveling Potential Biases in U-Pb Detrital Zircon Record Induced by High-temperature Metamorphism (> 850 ºC), Mahyra Tedeschi, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais

March 5, Probing Earth’s Near-Surface Structure: Measure the Angle,  Not the Timing, Sunyoung Park, Univ. of Chicago

March 12, Precious vapors: Are vapors viable ore fluids in the context of porphyry ore?, Nicole Hurtig, New Mexico Tech

March 19, 3D Seismic Reflection Data: Has the Geological Hubble Retained Its Focus?, Christopher Aiden-Lee Jackson, Imperial College

March 26, Insights into Rhyolite Production at a Frequently Active Silicic Center as Revealed by Quartz _18O Ratios, Mai Sas, Western Washington University

April 2, Walking the Seismogenic Zone: A Field Geology Perspective on the Earthquake Cycle, Christie Rowe, McGill

April 9, Geochemical Constraints on Past Continental Crust Composition and Earth Surface Conditions, Sarah Aarons, Scripps


September 6, “Water” In and On the Surface of Terrestrial Planetary Bodies,  by Any Means, Yang Liu, JPL

September 13, The Other Greenhouse Gas. Sources of Water Vapor,  from Lakes to Leaves,  from a Surface Measurement Perspective., Peter Blanken, Colorado Boulder

September 20, Chemistry of Core-mantle Differentiation of Earth's Interior, Andrew Campbell, U Chicago

September 27, The Mechanics of Slow Earthquakes and Lab Earthquake Prediction, Chris Marone, Penn State

October 4, Mineral Hydration and Microbial Activity Within Subsurface Ultramafic Rocks, Alexis Templeton, Colorado Boulder

October 11, USGS Products to Inform Earthquake Response, Jonathan Godt, USGS

October 18, The Hominin Sites and Paleolakes Drilling Project (HSPDP): How lakebeds are reshaping our understanding of the environmental context of human origins, Andy Cohen, University of Arizona

October 25, What Really Happened in the Continental Realm During the First of Three Great Global Extinctions?: The Chronostratigraphy of Beaufort Group Strata Deposited Across the Permian/Triassic Boundary,  Karoo Basin,  South Africa? (and other musings), John Geissman, University of Texas at Dallas

November 1, The Chinese Cave Record: 640, 000 years of Climate History, Larry Edwards, U of Minnesota

November 15, Unraveling the Signature of Metasomatized Subcontinental Lithospheric Mantle in the Basaltic Magmatism of the Payenia Volcanic Province,  Argentina, Alberto Saal, Brown

December, 6, Origin of the Mesoproterozoic Igneous Rocks in the St. Francois Mountains,  Missouri,  USA, Warren Day, USGS

January 10, What Can Little Faults Tell Us About Big Earthquakes?, Michele Cooke, UMass Amherst

January 17, Understanding Large-Scale Mantle Convection, Allen McNamara, Michigan State

January 24, Vandervoo Lecture:Paleo/Geomagnetism and Geobiology: Case Studies from the Ediacaran and Jurassic, Joseph Meert, University of Florida

January 31, Theoretical and Computational Contributions to the Modeling of Global Tsunamis, Amir Salaree, University of Michigan

February 7, Tectonics,  Climate,  and Topography: A View from the Greater Caucasus, Adam M. Forte, Louisiana State University

February 14, Weathering and Soil Development in the Earliest Land Plant Biospheres, Ria L Mitchell, Swansea University


September 7, Exposure to airborne magnetite pollution nanoparticles: a possible environmental risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease., Barbara Maher, Lancaster University

September 14, Ice in Equatorial Pangaea?, Lynn Soreghan, Univ Oklahoma

September 21, The Making of a Continent, Cin-Ty Lee, Rice U

September 28, Under the Feet of Dinosaurs: A New View of Late Cretaceous Landscapes Along the Margin of the Western Interior Seaway, Henry Fricke , Colorado College

October 5, Nitrogen Isotope Signatures of Phytoplankton Biomarkers: Connecting Intracellular Metabolites to Large-Scale Biogeochemical Trends, Jenan J. Kharbush, Harvard

October 19, New Insights into the Mechanics of Glacier Beds from Time-Dependent Surface Velocity Fields, Brent Minchew, MIT

November 2, An Organic Geochemical Perspective on Peatlands and Paleoclimate, Phil Meyers, University of Michigan

November 16, Fish out of water: Did Our Earliest Ancestors Walk Onto Land?, Stephanie Pierce, Harvard

November 30, "Vandervoo Lecture: Paleomagnetic Insights on Long-term Evolution of the Core,  Mantle,  and Surface Environment", David Evans, Yale

December 7, Testing UV-B Radiation as a Proposed Driver of the End-Permian Biotic Crisis, Cindy Looy, Berkeley

January 11, The Science of Earthquake Forecasts, John Vidale, USC/SCEC

January 18, The Geologic History of Seawater _18O, Itay Halevy, Weizmann Institute of Science

February 1, The Mineral Physics Test Kitchen: Finding the Recipe for Lower Mantle Heterogeneities, Susannah Dorfman, Michigan State

February 8, Using Cr-Redox Systematics in Basaltic Liquids and Olivine to Decode the Oxidation State of Planetary Basaltic Magmas and their Mantle Sources, Aaron Bell, University of Colorado Boulder

February 15, Hydrologic Science and Uncertainty Assessment, Andrew (Drew) Gronewold, University of Michigan

February 22, Metabolites of the Ocean Carbon Cycle, Mary Ann Moran, Univ Georgia

March 1, "Was Ancient Mars Warm and Wet or Cold and Icy? Mineral Signatures of Climate in Rover,  Orbiter,  and Terrestrial Analog Studies", Briony Horgan, Purdue

March 15, Dorr Lecture: Sharpening our View of Active Faulting Processes with High Resolution Topography, Ramon Arrowsmith, Arizona State

March 22, Porphyry Copper Deposit Formation in Arcs: What are the Odds?, Jeremy Richards, Laurentian University

March 29, A Growing Threat to Global Water Resources and Food Security, Scott Fendorf, Stanford

April 5, The Stable Isotopic Fingerprint of Landscapes and Life, Andreas Mulch, Institute of Geosciences

April 19, The Rocky Road of Life on Earth: Microbial Mineral Dissolution,  Tropical Forest Nutrient Cycles,  and the Global Effects of Open Ocean Carbonate Production, Josh West, USC


September 8, Surface Water-Groundwater Exchange and Nitrogen Fate in Tidal Rivers, Audrey Sawyer, OSU

September 15, Quantifying Natural Hazards: From Earthquake Damage to Debris Flows, Victor Tsai, Caltech

September 22, The Colorado River,  Climate Change,  Drought,  and Implications for the Globe, Jonathon Overpeck, UM

September 29, Global Fresh Water Ages, Scott Jasechko, U Calgary

October 3, The CheMin X-ray Diffraction instrument: Design,  development and mineralogical results from its 5-year deployment on the Mars Science Laboratory Rover Curiosity, David F. Blake, NASA

October 6, The Atacama Desert: Lessons from a Waterless World, Jay Quade, U Arizona

October 13, Extreme Mechanics on the Surface of Our Planets, Ahmed Ettaf Elbanna, U Illinois

October 27, Distinguished Alumni Lecture: A Wholistic View of Biosphere 1 Through Biosphere 2, Joaquin Ruiz, University of Arizona

November 3, Humans & climate change: Insights from the African paleoclimate record, Jessica Tierney, University of Arizona

November 10, Novel Applications of Short-lived Radionuclides (Po-210/Pb-210 and Be-7) as Tracer and Chronometer in the Study of Ice/Snow Dynamics in the Western Arctic, Mark Baskaran, Wayne State

November 17, Science communication; gnitteg ti thgir, Martin Pepper, University of Arizona

December 1, Caribbean-South American Plate Boundary Zone (Trinidad/Tobago) Active Deformation,  Strain Partitioning,  Fault Reactivation,  Fault Creep and Influence of Petroleum Geology, John Weber, Grand Valley St

December 12, Mineral Exploration and Discovery in Africa,  and their Benefits to African Geoscientists - the Ivanhoe Perspective , David Broughton, Senior Advisor,  Exploration and Geology,  Ivanhoe Mines

December 19, Paleoenvironmental Insights from the Structure and Function of Extinct Plants, Jonathan Wilson, Haverford

December 26, Deep Crustal Structure of the Rocky Mountain Region from Seismic Observations,  Xenoliths,  and Local Studies of Exhumed Terranes, Kevin Mahan, University of Colorado,  Boulder

February 2, Mountain Building,  Strike-slip Faulting,  and Landscape Evolution in New Zealand's Marlborough Fault System, Alison Duvall, University of Washington

February 9, The Meandering Path from River Dynamics to Valley Form, Ajay Limaye, University of Minnesota

February 16, Liquefaction Hazard in the Built Environment: Numerical and Experimental Investigations into the Effectiveness of Liquefaction Mitigation Techniques, Jenny Ramirez, "University of Colorado,  Boulder"

February 23, What Does the Chemistry of Shallow-water Carbonate Sediments Tell Us About the Global Carbon Cycle Over Earth History?, John Higgins , Princeton

March 9, Dorr Lecture: Chemically-stratified Midwestern Lakes are Relevant to Precambrian AND Modern Global Biogeochemistry, Betsy Swanner, Iowa State

March 16, Seismic Investigation of the Magma System Beneath Laguna del Maule,  Chile,  Cliff Thurber, U. Wisconsin

March,  23, Tidal Tomography: What an often-neglected phenomenon known as Earth tides can tell us about buoyancy an the deepest part of the mantle, Harriet Lau, Harvard

March 30, Surprises in Iron Cycling at the Peru Margin, Phoebe Lam, UC-Santa Cruz, , April 6, Microbiomes and Metabolites in the Environment, Elizabeth Kujawinski, WHOI