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Spring 2009-2010

Spring 2009-2010

Monday, March 29, 2010
4:00 pm - 
5:00 pm
Arms 155 (Robert P. Sharp Lecture Hall)
Age-Dating Stardust: Possibilities from Comet Wild 2's Micron-sized Refreactory Particles
Hope Ishii, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
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Tuesday, March 30, 2010
4:00 pm - 
5:00 pm
South Mudd 365
Using Troposperic Methane, Stratosperic Aerosol, and Clouds as Tracers of Circulation of Titan
Mate Adamkovics, postdoctoral researcher in astronomy, UC Berkeley
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Wednesday, March 31, 2010
4:00 pm - 
5:00 pm
Arms 155 (Robert P. Sharp Lecture Hall)
Topic to be announced.
Gnanadesikan Anand, lecturer in atmospheric and oceanic sciences, Princeton University
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Thursday, April 1, 2010
4:00 pm - 
5:00 pm
Arms 151 (Buwalda Room)
Tracing Desert Sand Over Tens to Millions of Years
Pieter Vermeesch, academic fellow in Earth sciences, Birkbeck College, University of London
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4:00 pm - 
5:00 pm
South Mudd 365
Simulating Atmospheric Phenomena on Io: Plumes, Glows and Flows
David Goldstein, Computational Fluid Physics Laboratory, the University of Texas at Austin
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Monday, April 5, 2010
4:00 pm - 
5:00 pm
Arms 155 (Robert P. Sharp Lecture Hall)
Investigating the Physical Basis of Biomineralization
Patricia Dove, professor of geochemistry and biogeochemistry, Virginia Polytechnic Institute
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Tuesday, April 6, 2010
4:00 pm - 
5:00 pm
South Mudd 365
Topic to be announced.
Marshall Perrin, postdoctoral fellow in physics and astronomy, UCLA
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Wednesday, April 7, 2010
4:00 pm - 
5:00 pm
Arms 155 (Robert P. Sharp Lecture Hall)
Topic to be announced.
Mak Saito, associate scientist in marine chemistry and geochemistry, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
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Thursday, April 8, 2010
4:00 pm - 
5:00 pm
Arms 151 (Buwalda Room)
Geomorphic and Stratigraphic Records of Climate Change in Wind-blown Dune Deposits in the North Polar Region of Mars
Ryan Ewing, postdoctoral scholar in geology and planetary sciences, Caltech
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Friday, April 9, 2010
4:00 pm - 
5:00 pm
South Mudd 254
New views on the rupture history of the San Andreas Fault in the Carrizo Plain, California
Sinan Akciz, postdoctoral scholar, Program in Public Health, UC Irvine
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Monday, April 12, 2010
4:00 pm - 
5:00 pm
Arms 155 (Robert P. Sharp Lecture Hall)
Variations in the Asian Monsoon and Their Impacts of Continental Erosion and Mountain Building
Peter D. Clift, professor of geology and petroleum geology, University of Aberdeen
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Tuesday, April 13, 2010
4:00 pm - 
5:00 pm
South Mudd 365
Atmospheric Circulation of Hot Jupiters
Adam Showman, associate professor, dynamics and evolution of planetary atmospheres, University of Arizona
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Wednesday, April 14, 2010
4:00 pm - 
5:00 pm
Arms 155 (Robert P. Sharp Lecture Hall)
Impact of Turbulence on the Intensity of Hurricanes in Numerical Models
Richard Rotunno, senior scientist in mesoscale meteorology, National Center for Atmospheric Research
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Thursday, April 15, 2010
1:30 pm - 
2:20 pm
Steele 102
Formate Dehydrogenase Genes Form Termite Gut Microbiota: Insights on the Ricrobial Ecology of Acetogenic Bacteria
Xinning Zhang, graduate student in environmental science and engineering, Caltech
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4:00 pm - 
5:00 pm
Arms 151 (Buwalda Room)
Ten Years in the Life of a Siliceous Stromatolite from a Yellowstone Hot Spring
Will Berelson, professor of Earth sciences, USC
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Friday, April 16, 2010
3:30 pm - 
5:00 pm
Arms 155 (Robert P. Sharp Lecture Hall)
Special Seminar on the 2010 Mw7.2 Sierra El Mayor Earthquake, Baja California
Egill Hauksson, senior research associate in geophysics, Caltech
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Monday, April 19, 2010
4:00 pm - 
5:00 pm
Arms 155 (Robert P. Sharp Lecture Hall)
Titan's Lakes: Croll-Milankovitch and Seasonal Cycles
Oded Aharonson, associate professor of planetary sciences, Caltech
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Tuesday, April 20, 2010
4:00 pm - 
5:00 pm
South Mudd 365
Topic to be announced.
David Stevenson, professor of planetary science, Caltech
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Wednesday, April 21, 2010
4:00 pm - 
5:00 pm
Arms 155 (Robert P. Sharp Lecture Hall)
Into and Out of the Last Glacial Maximum
Peter Clark, professor of geosciences, Oregon State University
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Thursday, April 22, 2010
4:00 pm - 
5:00 pm
Arms 151 (Buwalda Room)
Silica Coatings in the Ka'u Desert, Hawai'i, and Implications for Mars (S. Chemtob); FISH-NanoSIMS Analysis of Nitrogen Utilization in Methane Consuming Deep-Sea Microbes (A. Dekas)
Anne Dekas, graduate student in geological and planetary sciences, Caltech
Anne Dekas, graduate student in geological and planetary sciences, Caltech
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Friday, April 23, 2010
4:00 pm - 
5:00 pm
South Mudd 256 (Benioff Room)
Revisiting the 1960 Chilean Earthquake and Its Comparison with the Recent Chile Earthquake
Hiroo Kanamori, John E. and Hazel S. Smits Professor of Geophysics, Emeritus, Caltech
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Monday, April 26, 2010
4:00 pm - 
5:00 pm
Arms 155 (Robert P. Sharp Lecture Hall)
The Once (and Future?) Forest: Vegetation-Climate Feedbacks in the Amazon Basin
Scott R. Saleska, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, University of Arizona
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Wednesday, April 28, 2010
4:00 pm - 
5:00 pm
Arms 155 (Robert P. Sharp Lecture Hall)
Compound-Specific Amino Acid Fractionation Patterns: A New Approach to Tracing Organic Nitrogen Source and Transformation
Matthew McCarthy, associate professor of ocean sciences, UC Santa Cruz
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Thursday, April 29, 2010
4:00 pm - 
5:00 pm
South Mudd 365
The Kuiper Belt, Zodiacal Dust, Debris Disks: It's All About Collisions
Marc Kuchner, Exoplanets and Stellar Astrophysics Laboratory, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
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4:00 pm - 
5:00 pm
Arms 151 (Buwalda Room)
Isotope Separation by Diffusion in Geological Liquids
James Watkins, graduate student in Earth and planetary sciences, UC Berkeley
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Friday, April 30, 2010
4:00 pm - 
5:00 pm
South Mudd 254
Geological and Non-Geological Factors Contributing to Damage in Port-au-Prince during the 12 January 2010 M7.0 Haiti Earthquake
Susan Hough, seismologist, US Geological Survey
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Monday, May 3, 2010
4:00 pm - 
5:00 pm
Arms 155 (Robert P. Sharp Lecture Hall)
Do Bedrock Rivers Record Climate Change?
Noah Finnegan, assistant professor of Earth and planetary sciences, UC Santa Cruz
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Tuesday, May 4, 2010
4:00 pm - 
5:00 pm
South Mudd 365
Secular Instability: Producing Hot Jupiters and Organizing Planetary Systems
Yanqin Wu, assistant professor of theoretical astrophysics, University of Toronto
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Wednesday, May 5, 2010
4:00 pm - 
5:00 pm
Arms 155 (Robert P. Sharp Lecture Hall)
Connecting Marine Trace Metal Biogeochemical Cycles with Their Corresponding Metalloenzymes in Phytoplankton
Mak Saito, Associate Scientist, Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
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Thursday, May 6, 2010
4:00 pm - 
5:00 pm
Arms 151 (Buwalda Room)
Quaternary Shortening Rates across the Main Frontal Thrust Zone, Eastern Himalaya
Paul Burgess, graduate student in Earth and space sciences, UCLA
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Friday, May 7, 2010
4:00 pm - 
5:00 pm
South Mudd 256 (Benioff Room)
Thermal Conductivity of MgSiO3 Perovskite and Heat Flow in the Earth's Mantle
Abby Kavner, associate professor of Earth and space materials, UCLA
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Monday, May 10, 2010
4:00 pm - 
5:00 pm
Arms 155 (Robert P. Sharp Lecture Hall)
Radiation Damage in Minerals
Ekhard Salje, professor of mineralogy and petrology, University of Cambridge
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010
4:00 pm - 
5:00 pm
South Mudd 365
What's New on Venus? Implications for Climate and Interior
Sue Smrekar, planetary scientist, JPL
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Wednesday, May 12, 2010
4:00 pm - 
5:00 pm
Arms 155 (Robert P. Sharp Lecture Hall)
Resolving the Discrepancy between Laboratory and Field-based Reaction Rates: Insights from Isotopes and Reactive Transport Models
Kate Maher, assistant professor of environmental isotope geochemistry, Stanford University
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Thursday, May 13, 2010
4:00 pm - 
5:00 pm
Arms 151 (Buwalda Room)
Microbial Mat-Environment Interactions in Lake Joyce, Antarctica, and Implications for Archean Microbialites
Dawn Sumner, professor of geology, UC Davis
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Friday, May 14, 2010
4:00 pm - 
5:00 pm
South Mudd 256 (Benioff Room)
Scaling of Earthquake Rupture Growth in Parkfield Area
Takahiko Uchide, postdoctoral researcher, Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, UC San Diego
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Monday, May 17, 2010
4:00 pm - 
5:00 pm
Arms 155 (Robert P. Sharp Lecture Hall)
High Pressure Nanoprobes for Studying Earth and Planetary Interiors
Wendy Mao, assistant professor of geological and environmental sciences, Stanford University
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Tuesday, May 18, 2010
4:00 pm - 
5:00 pm
South Mudd 365
The Golden Age of Exoplanet Spin-Orbit Measurements
John Johnson, assistant professor of astronomy, Caltech
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Wednesday, May 19, 2010
4:00 pm - 
5:00 pm
Arms 155 (Robert P. Sharp Lecture Hall)
Wetting and Drying Effects on Soil Microbial Communities in a California Grassland Ecosystem
Patricia Holden, professor of environmental microbiology, UCSB
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Thursday, May 20, 2010
4:00 pm - 
5:00 pm
Arms 151 (Buwalda Room)
Apatite: Great mineral? Or the greatest mineral?
Jeremy Boyce, visitor in geochemistry, Caltech
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Friday, May 21, 2010
4:00 pm - 
5:00 pm
South Mudd 256 (Benioff Room)
Rock Damage, Earthquakes and Faults
Yehuda Ben-Zion, professor of geophysics, USC
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Monday, May 24, 2010
4:00 pm - 
5:00 pm
Arms 155 (Robert P. Sharp Lecture Hall)
Using the Paleorecord to Say Something about Future Water Budgets in the American West
Wallace S. Broecker, professor of geology, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University **Kliegel Lecture**
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Wednesday, May 26, 2010
4:00 pm - 
5:00 pm
Arms 155 (Robert P. Sharp Lecture Hall)
Genetic Adaptation to Nutrient Stress in Marine Unicellular Cyanobacteria
Adam Martiny, assistant professor of Earth system science, UC Irvine
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8:00 pm - 
9:00 pm
Cahill, Hameetman Auditorium
Titan: A Strange Yet Familiar New World
Oded Ahronson, associate professor of planetary science, Caltech
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Thursday, May 27, 2010
4:00 pm - 
5:00 pm
Arms 151 (Buwalda Room)
Oxygen isotope compositions of mineral separates from SNC meteorites: Constraints on SNC parental magmas (M. Channon); The temperature and pressure dependence of Ni partitioning between olivine and silicate melt (A. Matzen)
Melanie Channon, graduate student in geological and planetary sciences, Caltech
Melanie Channon, graduate student in geological and planetary sciences, Caltech
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4:00 pm - 
5:00 pm
South Mudd 365
New Insights into Dynamics of Martians Mass Wasting Processes
Antoine Lucas, Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris
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Friday, May 28, 2010
3:00 pm - 
4:00 pm
Arms 155 (Robert P. Sharp Lecture Hall)
Evolution of Anthropogenic Lead during the Past 250 Years
Edward A. Boyle, professor of ocean geochemistry, MIT
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Wednesday, June 2, 2010
4:00 pm - 
5:00 pm
Arms 155 (Robert P. Sharp Lecture Hall)
Thinking about Snowball Initiation and Deglaciation
Dorian S. Abbot, postdoctoral scholar in geophysical sciences, The University of Chicago
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Thursday, June 3, 2010
4:00 pm - 
5:00 pm
Arms 151 (Buwalda Room)
Fault System Behavior of the Eastern California Shear Zone: Unsteady Loading Rates and Clustered Earthquakes
Michael Oskin, assistant professor of geology, UC Davis
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