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The University of Minnesota's QP Minor program supports a seminar series during the academic year featuring local and invited speakers. Seminars take place on Wednesday nights at 7:30 (with refreshments at 7) at Herb Wright's home, 1426 Hythe St., Saint Paul. Directions are as follows:
From the Saint Paul campus, cross Cleveland Ave. on Buford. Follow Buford west 2 blocks, then turn left onto Hythe. 1426 is halfway down the block on your left.
From the Minneapolis campus, take University east to Raymond Ave. in St. Paul. Go north on Raymond (which turns into Cleveland), then turn left on Buford. After 2 blocks, turn left onto Hythe. 1426 is halfway down the block on your left. Or, take the inter-campus shuttle to the St. Paul student union and follow the directions from above (it's a short walk).
Quaternary Paleoecology Seminar Series - Spring 2012
All seminars start at 7:30pm (refreshments at 7pm) and take place in the home of Herb Wright, (1426 Hythe, St. Saint Paul).
University of Minnesota, Department of Earth Sciences
Microbial ecology and biogeochemistry of the sulfidic Frasassi cave system, central Italy
Macalester College, Geology Department
Expand your (soil) horizons: Climate-driven mineralogical development in an ancient (4-5Ma), petrocalcic soil of the Mojave Desert.
University of Tubingen, Department of Human Evolution and Paleoecology
The Quaternary Paleoenvironment of the Hatay Coast, and the Middle Paleolithic Occupation of Üçağızlı II, Turkey
University of Minnesota, Department of Earth Sciences
Testing the Younger Dryas Impact Hypothesis at the Friedkin Archaeological Site in Central Texas
Spring Break - No QP, BUT...
at Sip of Science, Aster Cafe, Saint Anthony Main, Minneapolis, 5:30pm
University of Wisconsin, Department of Geoscience
Putting the green back in Greenland: using radiogenic isotopes to estimate Greenland Ice Sheet extent during middle Pleistocene interglacials
University of Minnesota - Duluth, Large Lakes Observatory
Water sustainability, land use and climate in the Great Lakes region of East Africa
Iowa State University, Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology
Global Limnology and the Global Carbon Cycle
University of Minnesota, Water Resources Science Program
Mercury in Arctic Char Relative to Trophic Dynamics in a Large Canadian Arctic Lake
University of Wisconsin, Department of Botany
Does it always rain like this? Holocene paleoclimate in the Hawaiian Islands and its broader-scale context
September 14: Dr. Joe Mason, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Environmental Change at the Desert Margin in Northern China over Decades to Millennia
September 28: Dr. Ellery Frahm, Department of Earth Sciences and Department of Anthropology, University of Minnesota
What Can Obsidian Reveal About Past Environments and Landscapes?
October 5: Dr. Xianfeng Wang
A U/Th based deglacial hydroclimate history in the Mono Basin, USA
October 19: Sam Beal, Department of Earth Sciences, Dartmouth College
Tracking climatic and human change in trace metal records from Quelccaya Ice Cap, Peru and Denali, Alaska
October 26: Dr. Broxton Bird, The Ohio State University
Lake Records of Holocene South American Summer Monsoon Dynamics
November 16: Dylan Blumentritt, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Minnesota
Lake Pepin: Formation and Recent Accumulation Trends
February 2: Elizabeth Hadly, Stanford University, Department of Biology
Small mammal responses to the Late Pleistocene-Holocene Transition
February 9: Kyungsoo Yoo, University of Minnesota, Department of Soil, Water and Climate
Chemical Weathering and Weathering Control of Carbon Cycle in Moving Soils: The Geomorphic Control of Biogeochemical Processes
February 16: Gifford Miller, University of Colorado-Boulder, Department of Geological Sciences
Abrupt onset and rapid intensification of Little Ice Age climate linked to volcanism and sea-ice/ocean feedbacks
February 23: John Kingston, Emory University, Department of Anthropology
Orbital Controls on Human Evolution
March 2: Rob Dunbar, Stanford University, Department of Environmental Earth Systems Science
March 9: Brandy Toner, University of Minnesota, Department of Soil, Water and Climate
March 23: Andy Breckenridge, University of Wisconsin-Superior Department of Natural Sciences
Thank you for your interest in this year's Quaternary Paleoecology Short Course 2011. We have received numerous responses and expect a great turnout of participants At this time we would like to provide you with some updates (also available as a PDF):
Thursday May 12th: Dr. Ellen Schulz
Morning Session: 8:30AM - 12PM, Burton Hall, Rm. 123, 178 Pillsbury Drive SE, Minneapolis, MN 554558:30am-9:00am: Check-in and Introductions (Tea, Coffee, and Pastries will be provided)
9:00am- 10:15am: Lecture
Lunch Break/Free Time: 12:00pm- 1:30pm, (participants are responsible for their own lunch)
Afternoon Session: 1:30pm-4:00pm, Mechanical Engineering, Rm. ME-314, 111 Church Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 554551:30pm-4pm: Hands-on Computer Workshop with Software ‘Mountains Map 6’Participants will be sharing computers but also have the option of downloading the 24 hour trial version and use their own computer (not Mac compatible)
Friday May 13th: Dr. Christopher Brown
Morning Session: 8:30AM - 12PM, Burton Hall, Rm. 123, 178 Pillsbury Drive SE, Minneapolis, MN 554558:30am-9:00am: Informal Greeting, discussion, and Breakfast (Tea, Coffee, and Pastries provided)
9:00am- 10:15am: Lecture
Lunch Break/Free Time: 12:00pm- 1:30pm, (participants are responsible for their own lunch)
Afternoon Session: 1:30pm-4:00pm, Mechanical Engineering, Rm. ME-314, 111 Church Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 554551:30pm-4pm: Hands-on Computer Workshop with Software ‘Sfrax’Participants will be sharing computers but also have the option of downloading the 30 day trial version and use their own computer (not Mac compatible)
Refreshments: Coffee and pastries will be provided during the morning sessions for all registered participants.
Lunch and Dinner: If any students are interested in having an expense-paid meal with the speakers for either Lunch or Dinner, please email me (space is limited, but I encourage you to respond).
Parking: If you are unfamilar with the UMN campus please note that street parking is virtually non-existant and garages can be quite spendy.Information on parking/transportation options
Parking in the Maroon lot is a reasonable option, though allow yourself at least 15 minutes to walk to campus from the lot.
The bus is another good option
Thank you all again for your interest in this year's course. Your participation is what makes this event a success and a unique opportunity for colleagues to share, learn and develop new skills. Please don't hesitate to contact me with further question or information requests.
September 22: Carrie Jennings, Minnesota Geological Survey
Ice Dammed Lakes in the Altai Mountains of Southern Siberia
September 29: no seminar
October 6: Lee Frelich, Dept. of Forest Resources, University of Minnesota
400 years of fire and wind in the Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area
October 13: Brandon Curry, Illinois State Geological Survey
Episodes of low dissolved oxygen indicated by ostracodes and sediment geochemistry at Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA
October 20: Kendra McLauchlan, Dept. of Geography, Kansas State University
Ecosystem Response to Changes in Climate and Vegetation During the Holocene: Sediment Records from Deming Lake, Minnesota, USA
October 27: Herb Wright, LRC/Dept. of Earth Sciences, University of Minnesota
Lakes of Two Types Produced by a Spectacular Landslide in the Zagros Mountains, Iran
November 3: no seminar - GSA
November 10: Scott St. George, Dept. of Geography, University of Minnesota
Tree Rings as Climate Proxies on the Northern Plains
November 17: Amy Myrbo, LacCore, Dept of Earth Sciences, University of Minnesota
The manoomin project: multidisciplinary core-based research by Native students on wild rice lakes of the Fond du Lac Band of Ojibwe Reservation, northern Minnesota
May 12, 13, 14, 9 AM - 4 PM (lunch 12-1 PM)
University of Minnesota - Minneapolis campus
Dr. Gavin will present Wednesday morning on charcoal records and niche models.
Wednesday afternoon Dr. Revenaugh will provide a review of concepts and methods in spectral analysis in preparation for more advanced statistical presentations on Friday.
Wednesday location (all day): Burton Hall, Rm. 120, 178 Pillsbury Drive SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Dr. Blaauw will present Thursday morning on radiocarbon age-modeling and statistical interpretation of proxy archives.
In the subsequent afternoon session Dr. Blaauw will present methods using the statistical package R.
Thursday location (morning): Burton Hall, Rm. 120
Thursday location (afternoon): Mechanical Engineering, Rm. ME-314, 111 Church Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Readings 1 2 3
Lecture part 1
Lecture part 2
Workshop part 1
Workshop part 2
Workshop part 3
The short course will conclude on Friday morning with Dr. Emile-Geay describing systematic ways of aggregating proxy information into quantitative climate reconstructions;
in the afternoon session he will facilitate use of his methods using MATLAB.
Friday location (morning): Civil Engineering Building, Rm. 212, 500 Pillsbury Drive SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Friday (afternoon): Mechanical Engineering, Rm. ME-314
Readings 1 2
Code for MATLAB exercise
Presentation part 1 | part 2
Introduction to MATLAB by R.L. Spencer and M. Ware, BYU
MATLAB intro (USC GEOL540 course material)
For more information contact:
Andrew Haveles (have0118 at umn.edu)
Allison Burnett (burne093 at umn.edu)
The deadline for registration was April 28th.
download poster (10 MB pdf, letter size color)
The short course and associated seminar series are sponsored by the Graduate School of the University of Minnesota
Associated one-day short course in initial core description (ICD)
Research Associate and LacCore manager Amy Myrbo will offer a hands-on workshop on initial description of lake sediment cores on Tuesday, May 11, the day before the QP workshop. This short course will cover core collection and field curation, multisensor geophysical core logging, core splitting and surface preparation, high-resolution digital imaging, and micro- and macroscopic lithological description, including smear slide analysis.
Please contact Amy directly (amyrbo at umn.edu) for registration or more information, or see the LRC education page. There is a $25 charge for this short course to cover lunch and supplies.
January 27: Guido Grosse, Geophysical Institute Permafrost Laboratory, University of Alaska-Fairbanks
Permafrost, thermokarst lakes, and feedbacks with the Arctic carbon cycle
February 3: Bob Thompson, Anthropology, University of Minnesota
Toward an Archaeology of the Maize Genome
February 10: Dan Engstrom, Director, St. Croix Watershed Research Station
Biogeochemical Coupling between Terrestrial Succession and Lake Development at Glacier Bay, Alaska
February 17: Eric Grimm, Illinois State Museum
A New Look at the No-Analog Late Glacial Climates and Ecosystems of the Upper Midwest
February 24: David Nelson, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Appalachian Laboratory
SPIRALing (Single Pollen Isotope Ratio AnaLysis) Towards an Improved Understanding of C4-Grass Ecology and Evolution
March 3: Carlos Cordova, Dept. of Geography, Oklahoma State University
A tale of two natural pastures: phytolith and other soil microfossil studies in south-central North America and Southern Africa
March 10: Peter Leavitt, Dept. of Biology, University of Regina
Mechanisms and Patterns of Climate Effects on Lakes of the Northern Great Plains
September 23: Kristina Brady and Anders Noren, University of Minnesota, LRC/LacCore
The preparation and execution of the Lake El'Gygytgyn drilling project
September 30: Chad Wittkop, Minnesota State University-Mankato, Dept. of Chemistry and Geology
The role of avulsions in long-term sediment loading and landscape evolution
October 7: Curtis Marean, Arizona State University, Institute of Human Origins, School of Human Evolution and Social Change
The Cape Floral Kingdom, Shellfish, and Modern Human Origins
October 14: Frederick Kyalo Manthi, Department of Earth Sciences, National Museums of Kenya, and Turkana Basin Institute of the Stony Brook University
The Kanapoi fauna: An example for reconstructing the East African Pliocene environments
October 28: Dylan Millet, University of Minnesota, Dept. of Soil, Water, and Climate
How does the biosphere affect atmospheric chemistry? Views from the ground, air and space
November 4: Jonathan Foley, University of Minnesota, Dept. of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior; Director, Institute on the Environment
The Other Inconvenient Truth: A Crisis of Global Land Use and Agriculture
November 11: Will Hobbs, University of St. Thomas, Dept. of Biology
Diatom response to groundwater fluctuations in a closed-basin lake over the last 8500 years
November 18: Joel Pederson, Utah State University, Dept. of Geology
Climate-sensitive Holocene alluvial archives in the Colorado Plateau--confounding problems of arroyo cycles, paleoflood records, and changing river grade
January 28: Andrea Brunelle, University of Utah
The dynamic nature of desert wetlands - Holocene changes in sedimentation and fire regime on the Arizona/Mexico border
February 4: Stephen Jackson, University of Wyoming
Space, time, and history in ecology: exploring the consequences of environmental texture
February 11: Ronny Boch, University of Innsbruck, Austria
Growth dynamics and high-resolution records of climate change inferred from Central European speleothems
February 18: Mark Pagani, Yale University
Hothouse to Icehouse: Temperature Change and the role of CO2 during the Eocene-Oligocene Climate Transition
February 25: Anna Henderson, University of Minnesota
Understanding the effects of temperature and seasonality on drought and forest extent in North America during the last 10,000 years using compound specific isotopes, lake-level reconstructions, and fossil pollen
March 4: Sidney Hemming, Columbia University
Towards a paleo-hydrological record of the Mono Basin, California
March 11: Michelle LaRue, Antarctic Geospatial Information Center
Antarctica: A Land of No Law, No Logic, No God, and No Maps
September 17: Mira Bar-Matthews, Geological Survey of Israel
The Eastern Mediterranean - North East Sahara paleoclimate implications from the speleothems and marine records
September 24: Craig Feibel, Rutgers University
Dynamics of Neogene Lakes in the Turkana Basin of East Africa: Ecological Implications of Tectonics, Climate and Volcanism
October 1: Grant Elliot, U of M Geography
Regional Dynamics of Upper Treeline Along a Latitudinal Gradient in the Rocky Mountains
October 8: no seminar - GSA
October 15: Charles Umbanhowar, Saint Olaf College
Reconstruction of regional fire history in northwestern Mongolia: apparently it won't burn!
October 22: Gilliane Monnier, U of M Anthropology
Correlating Climate Change and Cultural Evolution in Western Europe during the Middle and Upper Pleistocene
October 29: David Tilman, U of M Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior
The diversification of life and the universal trade-off hypothesis
November 5: James Clark, Duke University
Perspectives on the biodiversity paradox from synthesis of data and models
November 12: Robert Hecky, U of M Duluth - Large Lakes Observatory
Climate warming and the African Great Lakes: Evidence and Ecological Consequences
November 19: Steffen Mischke, Freie Universitæt Berlin
May 14: Joe Rosenbaum - US Geological Survey, Denver (environmental magnetism)
May 15: Josef Werne - Large Lakes Observatory, University of Minnesota - Duluth (organic geochemistry)
May 16: Patrick Belmont - St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, University of Minnesota (cosmogenic nuclides)
This free, noncredit short course is directed toward students and faculty from Geology, Geography, Ecology, Anthropology, Soil Science, and other disciplines, who wish to engage in a discussion on sediment tracing in terrestrial environments. Invited speakers Dr. Joe Rosenbaum, Dr. Josef Werne, and Dr. Patrick Belmont will talk about the sources, transport, and deposition of sediments in lakes and rivers using techniques such as environmental magnetism, organic geochemistry, and cosmogenic nuclides. Together we will explore multiple ways in which fingerprinting methods can be used to reconstruct past climatic and ecological changes, and the impacts of increasing sediment loading and deposition rates on society and management practices today.
For registration or more information contact:
Ioan Lascu (lascu003 at umn.edu)
Dylan Blumentritt (blum0123 at umn.edu)
download poster (8 MB pdf, letter size color)
Associated one-day short course in initial core description (ICD)
LacCore manager Amy Myrbo will offer a hands-on workshop on initial description of lake sediment cores on Tuesday, May 13, the day before the QP workshop. Please contact Amy directly (amyrbo at umn.edu) for registration or more information, or see the LRC education page. There is a $25 charge for this short course to cover lunch and supplies.
January 30: Cathy Whitlock, Professor, Montana State University
Holocene fire-climate linkages in the western North America and southern South America
note switch in schedule for next two weeks:
February 6: Shawn Schottler, Senior Scientist, Science Museum of MN; Saint Croix Watershed Research Station
Fingerprinting current sources of sediment to the Minnesota River and Lake Pepin
February 13: Jason McLachlan, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Notre Dame University
Integrating fossil pollen records with genetic and population perspectives on forest change
February 20: Randy Calcote, Research Scientist, Limnological Research Center, University of Minnesota
Ecological responses to late-Holocene climate
February 27: Julio Betancourt, Senior Scientist; Professor, U.S. Geological Survey and University of Arizona
An Environmental History of the Atacama Desert: Nature's Experiment at the Edge of Life
March 5: Peter deMenocal, Associate Professor, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University
Deglacial history of the Atlantic ITCZ: ocean, atmosphere, and cultural signatures of rapid climate change
March 12: Kay Behrensmeyer, Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
A Million Years of Environmental Change in the Olorgesailie Basin, Kenya
September 17 (note special time): Wally Broecker, Newberry Professor, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University
Putting the Younger Dryas in Perspective
Seminar will be held Monday Sept 17 from 12:30-1:30 in Pillsbury Hall 209
October 3: Brigitta Ammann, Professor emerita, University of Bern
Biotic responses to abrupt late-glacial climatic changes in a Swiss lake as tuned to the Greenland isotope record
October 10: Kieran McNulty, Assistant Professor, Anthropology, University of Minnesota
What we know and don't know about the paleoecology of Rusinga Island, Kenya
October 17: Michael Tweiten, Ph.D. candidate, University of Wisconsin-Madison
A 2000 year history of jack pine budworm outbreaks on the Northwestern Wisconsin Sand Plain
October 24: Kathryn Hoppe, Research Associate, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington
Using isotopic analyses of ancient bison as paleoecologic and paleoclimatic proxies
November 7: Ed Swain, Research Scientist, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
November 14: Michael Wilson, Assistant Professor, Anthropology & EEB; Associate Director, The Jane Goodall Institute's Center for Primate Studies, University of Minnesota
The evolution of intergroup relations in chimpanzees and humans
May short course and spring semester journal club
Phenology and changing seasonality of climate: implications for ecology, hydrology, and civilization. Past, Present, Future.
This free, noncredit short course aims to engage folks from Geology, Geography, Ecology, Anthropology, and other disciplines, to explore ideas about environmental responses to changes in climatic seasonality, and the significance of these phenomena to our study of Quaternary paleorecords. The short course will take place May 9-11, 2007, on the Minneapolis campus of the University of Minnesota.
Despite coming from various departments and disciplines, there are many research themes and problems that we all encounter. We�d like to spend this spring focusing on one of these topics: changes in the seasonality of climate. From how to recognize and interpret seasonal shifts in paleorecords, to the phenological implications for modern ecology, or the impact of seasonal shifts on human evolution and modern human societies, this is a topic we all need to consider in looking at climate and ecology past, present, and future.
The seminars this spring are going to take the form of �journal club� discussions, rather than lectures. We have invited speakers from several departments at the University to choose papers they see as important, interesting, or provocative in addressing the seasonality of climate, and shifts in seasonality and phenology past and future. The speaker will give a short introduction on the topic, then open the floor to discussion of the paper, how it might apply to your own research, and future research directions in the field. Papers will be posted and distributed in advance of the meetings.
We�ll end the semester with a short course on May 9-11 offering lectures, discussions, and hands-on practicals addressing these same issues with invited guests Eric Grimm (Illinois State Museum) and Masaki Hayashi (University of Calgary) among others.
Journal club speakers/discussion leaders:
March 28: Kathy Klink (Geography) on seasonality of climate, how that could change, how we define seasons, overall introduction to climate component
April 4: Jim Almendinger (SCWRS and Geology) on hydrology and seasonality
April 11: Martha Tappen (Anthropology) on humans and changes in seasonality over the Quaternary
April 18: Xianfeng Wang (Geology) on seasonality and the ice core isotope records and on changes in seasonality of climate on long long geologic time scales
April 25: Kurt Kipfmueller (Geography) on tree ring records, and an introduction to phenology
May 2: Rebecca Montgomery (Forest Resources) on fisheries, humans, seasonality, and phenology (past few hundred year time scale)
If you would like to be added to the QP email listserv (to receive journal club papers and updates to the schedule), please contact . For any other questions about the short course and journal club, contact .
On May 8, 2007, the day before the Phenology short course, staff of the LRC LacCore Facility will offer a one-day short course on initial core description (ICD) of lake sediments. Please see our Education page for details or contact .
September 20: I know what I did last summer: Come tell others about your summer field work and be part of QP semester planning!
September 27: Gabriel Bowen, Purdue University
Prospects for a high-carbon future inferred from Earth's past
Oct 4: Noah Diffenbaugh, Purdue University
Oct 11: Gilbert Tostevin, University of Minnesota
Comparing cultural evolution with biological evolution in Late Pleistocene Hominins
Oct 18: Peter Clark, Oregon State University
Mechanisms for millennial-scale climate variability during marine isotope stage 3: Heinrich events, see saws, and Pacific teleconnections
Nov 1: Patrick DeDeckker, Australian National University
The role of the Indo-Pacific warm pool on global climate change during the Quaternary
Nov 8: Ana Moreno Caballud, Limnological Research Center, Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow
A 13 kyr record of the tropical Andes: the Lago Chungará sequence
George Kukla, Columbia University, LDEO
An inconvenient truth: Last Glacial started with global warming
Nov 15: Cary Mock, University of South Carolina
Historical climatology in paleoenvironmental research
Nov 29: Daniel Schrag, Harvard University
A theory for rapid climate change in the North Atlantic
Dec 6: Julia Cole, University of Arizona
Mechanisms of climate change in the southwestern US inferred from speleothem records: Implications for past abrupt change and future drought
2/22/06: John Soderberg, Lab Manager, University of Minnesota Department of Anthropology
John's research interests include zooarchaeology, historical archaeology, and the application of three-dimensional scanning technology to artifact analysis.
Title: "Cattle, Bogs, and the Collapse of Clonmacnoise Monastery in 13th Century Ireland"
3/1/06: Evan Larson, Graduate Student, University of Minnesota Department of Geography/Dendroecology Lab
Evan's interests include biogeography, dendrochronology, paleoclimatology, landscape ecology, fire ecology, forest ecology and management. Evan will be speaking about his Master's thesis work on fire history in the western United States.
3/8/06: Colin Plank, Graduate Student, University of Minnesota Department of Earth Sciences
Title: "Using Lake-Level Changes Associated With Historic Drought to Inform Paleolimnological Study"
3/15/06: No seminar, week of spring break
3/22/06: Herb Wright, Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota Department of Geology
Herb Wright needs no introduction for most of us, well known for decades of research in a range of disciplines including ecology, limnology, paleoecology, and archaeology.
Title: "Kurdistan 50 years ago, and the 40 ka history of Lake Zeribar"
3/29/06: Sabrina Curran and Ali Moyer, Graduate Students in the University of Minnesota Anthropology Department
Sabrina is interested in biological anthropology with a focus on paleoecology and Ali focuses on migrations of anatomically modern humans, approaching this issue as an aspect of human ecology, using evolutionary theory, osteology, and stable isotope analysis to answer archaeological questions.
Titles (respectively): "Ecomorphology and the Issue of Hominin Paleoecology" and "Use of Strontium Isotope Analysis to Characterize Subsistence Change and Ecology in Holocene Japan."
4/5/05: Kaye Reed, Arizona State University, Department of Anthropology and Institute of Human Origins
Kaye Reed has a primary research interest in evolutionary paleoecology and the ecological context of evolution.
Title: "Differences in Pliocene Communities: The effects on early hominins and other primates"
4/12/06: Guy Robinson, Fordham University, Department of Biology
Guy Robinson did his doctoral work at Fordham University using pollen, charcoal, and the fungus Sporomiella to investigate megafauna extinction in the eastern U.S.
Title: "Late Quaternary extinctions in the Northeast: patterns, processes and palynological clues"
4/19/06: Mark Abbott, University of Pittsburgh, Deparment of Geology
Mark Abbott has research interests including sedimentology, paleolimnology, paleoclimatology, and climate variability over a wide range of timescales. His current focus in on the identification of lakes that contain high-resolution sediment records to investigate recent environmental change.
4/26/06: Kelly MacGregor, Macalester College, Department of Geology
Kelly's current research focuses on understanding the role of glaciers in shaping alpine landscapes. In addition to work on glaciers, she is interested in the effects of dams on sediment and water transport in river systems.
9/21/2005: Ramon Egli (visiting scientist, Institute for Rock Magnetism, University of Minnesota-Minneapolis). "Magnetotactic bacteria and iron cycle in lake sediments: a case study"
9/28/2005: Joe Mason (Department of Geography, University of Wisconsion-Madison). "Dunes, dust, and drought: Aeolian records of climatic change in the Great Plains and northern China"
10/5/2005: Michael Talbot (Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bergen, Norway). "Deep drilling in Lakes Bosumtwi and Malawi, tropical Africa"
10/12/2005: Rebecca Clotts (PhD student, LRC/Department of Earth Sciences, University of Minnesota). "Wetland Hydrology & Ostracode Shell d18O variability" along with some bonus coverage of "Peculiar mudcracks formed in cave sediments"
10/19/2005: no seminar (week of GSA)
10/26/2005: Ioan Lascu (PhD student, LRC/IRM/Department of Earth Sciences, University of Minnesota). "Speleogenesis of Large Flank Margin Caves of the Bahamas"
11/2/2005: Harry Jol (Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire)
11/9/2005: Jacques Finlay (Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, University of Minnesota-Minneapolis)
11/16/2005: Katsumi Matsumoto (new faculty member, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Minnesota-Minneapolis). "Oceanic sequestration of anthropogenic carbon: A solution for the future?"
11/23/2005: no seminar (Thanksgiving)
11/30/2005: Rene Dommain (visiting graduate student, LRC, working with Paul Glaser). "Hydrogenetic mire types, pattern formation and the case of Alborn Fen (NE Minnesota)"
12/7/2005: Dan Stanley (Smithsonian). "Submergence of Ancient Greek Sites in the Mediterranean Sea - the how, why and when, and possible analogies with some modern low-lying coastal cities"
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