Each semester the Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences hosts a seminar series of invited speakers.

All presentations are on days and times noted, in Van Wickle 108.


September 8, 2023
Lafayette College Geology Majors
Title: “Our Summer Experiences in the Earth and Environmental Fields”

September 15, 2023
Tom Hale
University of Delaware
Title:  “The Mineral-Security Nexus”

September 22, 2023
Juliane Gross
Rutgers University
Title:  “To the Moon: From Apollo to Artemis, and what we can learn from rocks”

October 13, 2023
Lafayette College Geology Staff
Title:  “Life In and After Lafayette Geology”

October 20, 2023
Jeffrey Vervoort (*AGU College of Fellows Distinguished Lecture*)
Washington State University
Title:  “The Growth of Earth’s Earliest Crust”

October 27, 2023
Multiple Presentations on the History of Geology in New Jersey
Geological Association of New Jersey
*Talks occur in Marlo Room, Farinon Center*

November 10, 2023
Claire Zurkowski (*Mineralogical Society of America Distinguished Lecturer*)
Lawrence Livermore National Lab
Title:  “Mysteries Beyond our Solar System: Characterizing the Mineralogical Building Blocks of multi-Earth Mass Exoplanets”

November 17, 2023
Caitlyn Dempsey
Langan Engineering & Environmental Services
General Topic:  Environmental Consulting in Urban Areas

December 1, 2023
Annie Mailloux
Rutgers University
Title:  Respond and Adapt:  Taking Fundamental Good Practice to the Bahamas


Thursday, February 22, 2024 — 12:15 pm
Derek Pizarro
AST Environmental, Inc.
Title:  “From “Dirty Dirt” to “Gross Groundwater”: How Hydraulic Fracturing Transformed Site Remediation”

Friday, March 1, 2024 — 12:30 pm
Dr. Ivano Aiello
San Jose State University & Moss Landing Marine Laboratories
Title:  “When the Fast Beats the Furious:  How Tiny Diatoms Can Change the World”

Friday, March 29, 2024 — 12:30 pm
Dr. Bradley Pitcher
Columbia University
Title:  “Reading the clocks in the rocks: Determining the timescales of past explosive volcanic eruptions in Japan”

Friday, April 05, 2024 — 12:30 pm
Dr. Franziska Keller
Lehigh University
Title:  “The evolution of magmatic systems during build-up to caldera-forming eruptions”

Friday, April 12, 2024 — 12:30 pm
Jessica Jahre, AICP, CFM
Senior Project Manager
Michael Baker International
Title:  “Building climate resilience: Policy, planning, and program development for stronger communities”

Friday, April 19, 2024 — 12:30 pm
Dr. Shamar Chin
University of Iowa
Title:  “TBD”






Looking ahead to Fall 2024:

Friday, October 25th, 2024–12:30 pm
Jada Siverand
Lehigh University
Title: TBD



Past seminars can be found here.