University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota

Continental Paleorecords and Processes (formerly Quaternary Paleoecology) Seminar Series

The seminar series has been discontinued. Please watch this space for news about occasional special seminars supported by the same NSF funding.

Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the CPP seminar series features invited speakers, visitors to LacCore/CSDCO, and local talent.

Seminars take place on Wednesdays at 6:00 PM, with refreshments (hot snacks, beer, wine, tea) at 5:30, at 1426 N Hythe St., Saint Paul, MN, 55108, the home of Dr. Vania Stefanova - and the home of Emeritus Professor Herb Wright, who passed away in November 2015. All are welcome to attend.

The UMN Campus Connector #121 bus stops at the St. Paul Campus Student Center just two blocks east of the house, and there is on-street parking in the neighborhood.

Bring your kids to CPP! We have onsite professional childcare, with activities, for those who wish to bring their children of any age(s). Kids and other family members are always welcome to sit in the talk as well. Please email if you would like more information - or just show up!

The CPP seminar is text captioned for hard of hearing attendees, nonnative English speakers, and others. The seminar space is accessible by a wheelchair ramp in the front of the home.

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Spring 2016

January 20
Jim Russell, Brown University
Tropical African glaciers, temperatures, and lapse rates during the last glacial maximum

February 10
Karl Flessa, University of Arizona
Conservation paleobiology: Putting the dead to work

   Second Flessa seminar - 10:15 AM, Feb. 10, in Conservation Biology, St. Paul Campus, 302 Kaufert Lab.
   A brief meeting of the waters: The science and policy of the first environmental flow to the Colorado River Delta

February 24
Laura Triplett, Gustavus Adolphus College
Invasion, sequestration, evolution: The stories silica can (and cannot) tell

March 9
Jon Marcot, University of Illinois
Responses of North American Mammals to Environmental Change

March 23
Michael Waters, Texas A&M - Cosponsored by AEGIS
Archaeological and Genetic Evidence for the Late Pleistocene Peopling of the Americas

April 6
Aradhna Tripati, UCLA
Glacial Climate from Clumped Isotope Thermometry

April 20
Jenn Rice, University of Georgia
Putting the social in socio-ecological research: Views from the Coweeta Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) site

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Fall 2015

September 16
"I Know What I Did Last Summer": Send two slides about your summer to Wes Rutelonis (; we will compile them and talk about our summer work (or play) at seminar time.

September 30
Ian Stanistreet, University of Liverpool
"Resolving hominin time at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania"

October 14
Dena Smith, University of Colorado and STEPPE
"The STEPPE Coordinating Office: What is it and how can it help you to achieve your deep-time research and education goals?"

October 28
Byron Steinman, University Minnesota-Duluth, Large Lakes Observatory
"New insights from lake sediment records of Holocene climate change in western North America"

November 11
Rick Potts, Smithsonian Institution
"Environmental Dynamics and the origin of Homo sapiens"

November 18
Max Torbenson, University of Arkansas
"Holocene clocks - Can our chronologies be considered synchronous?"

December 9
Eville Gorham and Clarence Lehman, University of Minnesota
"Mutualistic population growth requires management of the planetary ecosystem"

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The CPP Seminar is funded by NSF as part of its Instrumentation and Facilities grants to LacCore and the Continental Scientific Drilling Coordination Office (1462297, 1338322).

Updated September 5, 2016. Comments to

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