Department of Geology
Department of Geology, University of Maryland

Seminar Series

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
PLS 1130

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September 5, 2014

Scott Burdick
NSF Postdoc at UMD

Doctorate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Probing Earth structure with teleseismic transmitted and reflected waves

September 19, 2014

Robert Shedlock
MD-DE-DC Water Science Center

The U.S. Geological Survey in the 21st Century

Abstract: The U.S. Geological Survey is one of the oldest science bureaus in the federal government. For most of its history, it was organized around the disciplines of geology, hydrology, and topographic mapping. Significant changes in the Survey’s disciplinary approach began in the 1990’s when it implemented a a major national water quality assessment program, added a new discipline in the form of the Biological Resources Division, and downsized its efforts in a number of classical areas of geologic investigation. Over the last 20 years USGS science programs have evolved to meet the needs of modern society for interdisciplinary earth and biological science. During this period the USGS reorganized into a number of interdisciplinary mission areas that cover climate and land use change, natural hazards, ecosystems, energy and minerals, environmental health, and water. The Mid-Atlantic Region is a fertile area for such interdisciplinary investigations, with important ecosystems in the Chesapeake and Delaware Bay regions and the Atlantic coastline. Regulators, resource managers, and planners in the Mid-Atlantic Region and throughout the Nation face many challenges caused by urbanization and population growth, land-use change, climate change, and sea-level rise. The USGS in the 21st Century is striving to generate reliable and objective environmental data and interdisciplinary investigations, which provide important scientific information for wise management of critical natural resources and important ecosystems and for intelligent planning for an uncertain future.

September 26, 2014

Derrick Lampkin

October 3, 2014

Karen Prestegaard
UMD - Geology

October 24, 2014

Eric Hellebrand

October 31, 2014

Lynn Carter
Goddard Space Flight Center

November 7, 2014

Julio Betancourt

Patterns, sources, and impacts of timing variations and trends in seasonal transitions across the coterminous U.S.

November 14, 2014

Anna Kelbert

December 5, 2014

Lara Wagner

The coordinator for the Colloquium Series is Dr. Sujay Kaushal. You can contact him at skaushal AT