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January 22, 2020

Spring 2020 Seminar Schedule

Talks are on Wednesdays from 4:00 to 5:20 pm in 110 Willamette Hall.

Tea and cookies are served in Cascade 200 beginning at 3:30 p.m.

April 1:

April 8: Aaron Wech, USGS

April 15: Kiana Frank, University of Hawai’i Manoa

April 22: Mark Jellinek, University of British Columbia

April 29: ExxonMobil

May 6: Catherine Johnson, University of British Columbia

May 13: Mary Reid, Northern Arizona University

May 20: Peter Ruggiero, Oregon State University

May 27:

June 3: Paul Segall, Stanford

November 22, 2019

Winter Weekly Seminar Schedule

Talks are on Wednesdays from 4:00 to 5:20 pm in 110 Willamette Hall.

Tea and cookies are served in Cascade 200 beginning at 3:30 p.m.

January 8: Dara Goldberg, University of Oregon
Title: How does earthquake rupture evolve? A multi-instrument approach to earthquake observation and modeling

January 15: Ellen Currano, University of Wyoming
Title: An interdisciplinary approach to investigating ecosystem processes in the 21 million year old Mush Valley lagerstätte, central Ethiopia

January 22: Rehearsals for Life: Oppression Interruption Workshop
**Please note, this seminar is taking place in 140 Tykeson Hall**

January 29: Rose Wallick, USGS
Title: The USGS Water Science Program in the Willamette Valley and future links with UO

February 5: Erin Wirth, UW/USGS
Title: 3-D Simulations of Magnitude 9 Earthquakes on the Cascadia Subduction Zone

February 12: Larry Mastin, CVO
Title: The scientific challenges of forecasting volcanic ash hazards

February 19: Kendra Murray, Idaho State
Title: Rocky Mountains ride high on an ancient rifted margin

February 26: Jasquelin Pena, University of Lausanne

March 4: Kimberly Blisniuk, San Jose State University
Title: Evidence for an alternative position for the primary active strand of the San Andreas Fault along its restraining bend in southern California

March 11: Jess Adkins, Caltech

September 5, 2019

Fall Weekly Seminar Schedule

Talks are on Wednesdays from 4:00 to 5:20 pm in 110 Willamette Hall.

Tea and cookies are served in Cascade 200 beginning at 3:30 p.m.

October 2: ERTH Department reception – no seminar

THURSDAY October 3: **Please note, this seminar is taking place in Cascade 200**
Tony Irving, University of Washington
Title: Petrology and (Geo)chemistry of Martian Meteorites

October 9: Laura Crossey, University of New Mexico
Title: Hydrochemistry and Geoscience Education at Grand Canyon and Beyond: Who Knew Groundwater Hydrology Could Be So Complicated?

October 16: Alison Graettinger, University of Missouri Kansas City
Title: To explode or not? When magma meets water

October 23: Egill Hauksson, Caltech
Title: The 2019 M7.1 Ridgecrest Earthquake Sequence in Eastern California

October 30: Tom Sisson, USGS
Title: Non-traditional volcanism in a hyper-traditional setting: The USGS Al-Madinah, Saudi Arabia, project

November 6: Justin Burton, Emory University
Title: Tidewater glaciers and the dynamics of giant icebergs: granular physics on the geophysical scale

November 13: Annemarie Baltay, USGS
Title: Earthquake Ground Motion: Early Warning and Recent California Earthquakes

November 20: Devid Mencin, UNAVCO/CU Boulder
Title: The Dynamics of Lake Yellowstone and the Yellowstone Caldera


December 4: Mark Reed, University of Oregon
Title: The life cycle of a magmatic-hydrothermal system: Assembling the Butte puzzle in 40 years with four PhDs and 25 km of drill core

May 3, 2019

UO Earth Sciences hosts 2nd Annual Volc-OR conference!

The 2nd annual Volc-OR (Volcanology Students of Oregon) conference was held at the University of Oregon, April 11-12, 2019. Over 60 students from 4 regional universities and colleges attended and nearly half presented their research in oral or poster sessions. Laboratory tours of the facilities at UO, science communication workshops, and panel discussions rounded out the 2019 edition of Volc-OR, which culminated in a keynote by Mike Poland, Scientist-in-Charge of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory.

To learn more about the group and our annual conference, please visit:

From the Volc-OR website:
Volc-OR aims to bring together graduate and undergraduate students from Portland State University, Oregon State University, the University of Oregon, and other regional universities whose research relates broadly to volcanology (e.g. physical volcanology, igneous petrology, economic geology, volcano geomorphology, geophysics, etc.). As a more informal complement to major national scientific meetings, we hope that this small student-centric and student-led meeting will provide focused and relevant learning experiences and discussion, and foster new connections, collaborations, and friendships.

Importantly, we feel that we can all be taking better advantage of our shared interests and close proximity with one another to bolster research ideas and access to analytical facilities. Through meetings and general volcanophile camaraderie, the goal of Volc-OR is to build these bridges to meet your neighboring students and faculty!

April 15, 2019

In Memoriam: Alexander “Mac” McBirney

We regretfully announce the passing of our colleague and Professor Emeritus, Alexander “Mac” McBirney.  Please see the links below that include a tribute from  Dana Johnston, the University of Oregon news release, and his official obituary.

AGU announcement
“Around the O” article
Register-Guard obituary
Collected tributes from colleagues, students, and peers
Eos article

December 19, 2018

Register Guard article features work by Doug Toomey

Our own Professor Doug Toomey’s work with the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network on the earthquake early warning system is featured in the news!  See the full Register Guard article here.

Digging into the Eagle Crest fire’s aftermath

In the aftermath of the Eagle Crest fire, Josh Roering is investigating the relationship between fire and landslides in the Columbia River Gorge Scenic area.  For the full story, click here:


November 7, 2018

UO scientists uncover a rare Oregon dinosaur fossil

Our own professor Greg Retallack discovered this toe bone in Central Oregon – an unusual find!  Read the Around the O story here.

UO researchers expose the dirty secrets hidden under glaciers

Our own postdoctoral scholar Colin Meyer and professor Alan Rempel delve into the physics relating to glacier movement and friction.  See the Around the O story here.

UO research may soon make Oregon safer in quakes and fires

Continuing work by our own Doug Toomey and his team at the Oregon Hazards Lab are moving closer to a public early-warning system for hazard events in the Pacific Northwest.  See the Around the O story here.

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