Geology & Geophysics Lecture Series

Special lectures are hosted by the department to help expand student's access to a wide range of topics and distinguished academics. Financial support for the lecture series is provided by the LJ Wilbert Endowment, Grover E. Murray Educational Fund, and the Marathon Oil Distinguished Speaker Series Fund.

Network with us! All lectures will generally take place on Fridays at 3:30 p.m. in E130 Howe-Russell-Kniffen unless otherwise noted. Refreshments are served before lectures around 3:00 p.m. in the Clarence Cazalot Marathon Oil Atrium. 

Fall 2023 Schedule

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 Date           Lecture Topic                                                                         Speaker(s)           Faculty Host           
August 25

"Utilizing Structured Decision-Making to Integrate Data, Modeling, and Science into Policy Formulation and Implementation"

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Dr. Alyssa Dausman

Chief Scientist, The Water Institute

Dr. Samuel Bentley
September 8 LSU AAPG Energy Library Opening Ceremony!

Louisana State University AAPG Student Chapter Presenting

September 15 "On Being a Professional Geoscientist in Louisiana"

William Schramm

President, Louisiana Board of Professional Geoscientists

Dr. Carol Wilson
September 22

"Reading the Skin of the Earth: Toward Quantifying Tectonic, Lithologic, and Hydroclimatic Controls on Topography Through Space and Time"

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Dr. Adam Forte

Department of Geology and Geophysics at Louisana State University

Dr. Peter Doran
September 29 "Influence of Hydrogeochemical History on Thermodynamically Constrained, Habitable Water-Rock Dominated Systems"

Dr. Devan Nisson

Princeton University and NASA-JPL

Dr. Suniti Karunatillake and Dr. Achim Herrmann
October 20 "Exploring for Critical Minerals in Southern Africa"

Dr. Bianca Kennedy

Independent Geologist

Dr. Barbara Dutrow
October 27 "The Rio Grande: Why Is the Other Great Riverine-to-Submarine Transport System in The Gulf of Mexico Basin So Different Than the Mississippi?"

Dr. David Mohrig

Associate Dean for Research, Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Carol Wilson
November 3 "Radiogenic Hydrothermal-Meltwater Processes and Associated Habitability Across Bulk-Silicate Bodies"

Dr. Lujendra Ojha

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Rutgers University

Drs. Suniti Karunatillake and Juan Lorenzo
November 10 "Water-Rock Interaction Models Link Martian Meteorites to Local, Regional, and Global Aqueous Alteration on Early Mars"

Dr. Mohit Melwani Daswani

NASA-Jet Propulsion Laboratories, California Institute of Technology

Drs. Matthew Loocke and Suniti Karunatillake
November 17 "Smart Sediment Management Factors in the Lower Mississippi River"

Dr. Mitchell Andrus

Executive Vice President, Royal Engineers & Consultants

Dr. Samuel Bentley

Spring 2023 Schedule

Date Lecture Topic Speaker(s) Faculty Host
January 20 "Lessons Learned from Global CO2 Storage Projects" 

Dr. Kathryn Denommee

Dr. Ganesh Dasari

Dr. Juan Lorenzo
January 27 "Part I: Energy Exploration: Applied Sedimentology; Part II: The Louisiana Geological Survey: Past, Present, and the Vision for the Future" Dr. Clare Falcon Dr. Karen Luttrell

February 3

*Begins at

4:30 pm*

"Forum on Energy and the Energy Transition"

Panelists include:

Clarence Cazalot, Retired CEO of Marathon Oil
Ron Neal, Co-Founder of Houston Energy
Kathryn Watts, US Geological Survey 
Eric Zimmermann, COO of LLOG Exploration

LSUGG Alumni Panel Dr. Darrell Henry
February 10 "Probing Earth’s Seafloor to Understand Space: Impact Craters, Plumes, and True Polar Wander" Dr. Sonia Tikoo Dr. Suniti Karunatillake
February 17 "Linking Sedimentary Processes to The Formation Of Wind-Blown Microbial Landscapes for Biosignature Exploration on Other Worlds" Dr. Ryan Ewing Dr. Suniti Karunatillake
February 24 "The Climate Crisis:  Where are We, What Can We Do" * Dr. Maureen Raymo Dr. Peter Clift
March 10

Computer simulations of magmatic melts for structural and dynamical insights

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Dr. Bijaya Karki Dr. Jianwei Wang
March 24 "Icy Secrets and Retreating Glaciers: Past, Present, and Future" * Dr. Ellen Mosley-Thompson Dr. Peter Doran
March 31 "The Exploration of Mars:  From Mariner to Mars 2020 and Sample Return" * Dr. Scott McLennan Dr. Suniti Karunatillake
April 14 "Out of (Chemical) Equilibrium and into Metamorphic Depths:  Mineral Inclusions in Garnets and Elastic Thermobarometers Reveal True Crystallization Depths" Dr. Jay Thomas Dr. Darrell Henry
April 21

Environmental Impact of Nuclear Fuel Cycle: 'Entanglement' of Science, Engineering, and the Social Sciences"

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* Dr. Rodney Ewing Dr. Barb Dutrow

Fall 2022 Schedule

Date Lecture Topic Speaker(s) Faculty Host
August 26 "LSU Campus Mounds: The Oldest Extant Man-made Structures in North America"Live Recording Available - Watch Now!

Dr. Brooks Ellwood

Geology and Geophysics, LSU

Dr. Sam Bentley
September 2

Themed Seminar: “Planetary sojourns on Earth,” the two perspectives of ongoing and upcoming research are entitled:

Wheel-based seismic acquisition system for a planetary rover

Exploring a serendipitous Mars analog serpentine zone in Sri Lanka

Drs. Juan Lorenzo & Suniti Karunatillake

Geology and Geophysics, LSU

Dr. Darrell Henry
September 9

"Stories and Highlights of Summer Research"

The two narratives, a first in highlighting the experiential aspects of research are entitled:

“Mineralogical riches from Lyon, France to Elba Island, Italy” by Dr. Barb Dutrow

"Travails with a seismic payload in a Mars-analog Alaskan permafrost tunnel" by Dr. Lorenzo

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Drs. Barb Dutrow, Juan Lorenzo

Geology and Geophysics, LSU

Dr. Suniti Karunatillake
September 16

"Moderate, Localized Water Scarcity Possible in the Willamette Basin, Oregon, Over Next 80 years: Results from a Coupled Climate – Physical – Biological – Socioeconomic Model"

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Dr. Roy Haggerty

Executive Vice President and Provost, LSU

Dr. Darrell Henry
September 23

Voyage to Another Planet:  The Ocean Floor of the Western Pacific

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Dr. Jon Snow

Geology and Geophysics, LSU

Dr. Karen Luttrell
September 30 "​Insight into the recent fluvial and tectonic development of the Telavi Region of the Western Kura Fold-Thrust Belt: Active deformation in the “Napa Valley” of Georgia"

Dr. Lasha Sukhishvili

Ilia State University in T'blisi, Georgia

Dr. Adam Forte
October 7 "Connecting Patterns to Processes in Martian Boulder Fields"

Dr. Don Hood

Department of Geosciences, Baylor University

Dr. Suniti Karunatillake
October 21 "Sediment dispersal, accumulation, and transformation into stratigraphy: Interpreting environmental changes across time and space for fluvial-deltaic landscapes"

Dr. Jeff Nittrouer

Department of Geosciences, Texas Tech University

Dr. Carol Wilson
October 28

"Petrochronology: Tools that can Elucidate Tectonic Histories"

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Dr. Harold Stowell

Department of Geological Sciences, University of Alabama

Dr. Darrell Henry
November 4

"Interrogating the El Nino-Southern Oscillation's Impacts on U.S. Hydroclimate over the Last Millennium"

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Dr. Sylvia Dee

Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, Rice University

Dr. Suniti Karunatillake
November 11 "Earth-Shattering: Gravitational Evidence of Impact-Induced Porosity"

Dr. Peter James

Department of Geoscience, Baylor University

Dr. Suniti Karunatillake
November 18 "Earth’s Unique Continents"

Dr. Roberta Rudnick

Earth Science, University of California at Santa Barbara

Dr. Jon Snow
December 2

"Aqua Incognita', The Nature of Waters Underlying the Baton Rouge Aquifers to a Crustal Depth of 40,000 Feet"

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Dr. Jeff Hanor

Geology and Geophysics, LSU

Dr. Darrell Henry

December 9

Terrestrial adventures of an originally celestial isotope signature"

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Dr. Huiming Bao

International Center for Isotopics Effects Research, Nanjing University, China

Dr. Suniti Karunatillake