Seminar Series

Each semester, the Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences, at Lafayette College, one of the top liberal arts colleges, hosts a weekly seminar series wherein speakers are invited to give a talk to the students and faculty of the department.

Each semester the Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences hosts a seminar series of invited speakers.  All presentations are on Fridays at 12:00 Noon, in Van Wickle 108, unless otherwise noted.



*Wednesday September 9th, 2015
Max Borella
Frontiers Abroad – New Zealand

Friday September 11th, 2015
Karen Smit
Gemological Institute of America
Title:  Temporal evolution of the Superior lithospheric mantle: evidence from peridotite and diamond ages

Friday September 18th, 2015
Nick Uline
Semester in Environmental Science (SES)
Marine Biological Laboratories (MBL) – Woods Hole

*Wednesday September 23rd, 2015
Amy Suida
Sea Education Association (SEA) – Woods Hole

Friday September 25th, 2015
Brett McLaurin
Bloomsburg University
Title: Quaternary Stratigraphy and Landscape Dynamics of the La Playa Archaeological Site, Northern Sonora, Mexico

Friday October 2nd, 2015
Kevin Uno
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory – Columbia University
Title:  Evidence for late Pliocene grassland expansion as a driver of mammalian evolution in the Lower Omo Valley, Ethiopia

Friday October 23rd, 2015
Lafayette Geology Faculty
“Life after Lafayette”

Friday November 6th, 2015
Joe Francica
Managing Director, Geospatial Industry Solutions at Pitney Bowes
Title:  The 10 Things you need to Know about Geospatial Tech Stuff-and how to get a Job!

Friday November 13th, 2015
Paul Harnik
Franklin & Marshall College
Title: Extinctions with and without us: using fossils to evaluate extinction risk in the modern oceans

Friday November 20th, 2015
Charlie Bartberger ’67
Retired BP petroleum geologist
Title: How Geology and Technology combine to Yield Commercial Oil from the Bakken Formation, North Dakota, Montana, and Saskatchewan

Friday December 11th, 2015
Geology Thesis Student Mid-Project Reports



Friday January 29th, 2016
Paul Myrow
Colorado College
Title: Storm Deposition: Controversies and Insights from the Laboratory, Oceans, and Field

Friday February 5th, 2016
Nick Pyenson
Smithsonian Institution
Paleontological Society Distinguished Lecture Program
General Topic: Marine mammal paleobiology

Past seminars can be found here.