MARGINS Distinguished Lectureship Program

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Our Distinguished 2009-2010 Lecturers

Chris Goldfinger

Dr. Chris Goldfinger is a marine geologist and geophysicist with a focus on great earthquakes and structure of subduction zones around the world. He has experience with deep submersibles, sidescan sonar, seismic reflection, and other marine geophysical tools on over 30 oceanographic cruises over the last 20 years. He is currently working on great subduction earthquakes along the Cascadia and Sumatran margins, as well as the Northern San Andreas Fault off northern California using the evidence for earthquakes found in deep-sea sediments.


Chris is an Associate Professor of Marine Geology and received his PhD from Oregon State University in 1994.

Lecture titles:

 
  • Public lecture:
  • Great Submarine Earthquakes, the Riddle of the Sands. Download presentation (31 MB) and three animations: 1 (129 MB), 2 (1 MB), 3 (2 MB)

     
  • Technical lecture:
  • Earthquake Recurrence, Segmentation, and Stress Triggering on the Cascadia Margin.

    Availability: Fall 2009, Winter/Spring 2010

    Simon Klemperer

    Simon uses seismic methods to image lithospheric structure, and to understand the growth, composition and tectonic evolution of continental crust. His research emphasises acquisition of new datasets to explore "natural laboratories": key regions of earth that exemplify important active proceses. A key "Rupturing Continental Lithosphere" experiment has been the examination of the East Africa Rift in Ethiopia, where we see processes transitional between continental and oceanic rifting. Other recent foci of Klemperer's research in continental tectonics have been the Basin-and-Range province of western North America, Tibet and the Himalaya, and the MARGINS "Subduction Factory" experiment in the Marianas.

    Simon is Professor of Geophysics, and by courtesy of Geological and Environmental Sciences, at Stanford University.

    Lecture titles:

     
  • Public lecture:
  • To be announced.

     
  • Technical lecture:
  • Rupturing Continental Lithosphere in the Main Ethiopian Rift: a hot plume meets a cold craton. Download presentation (PDF, 5 MB).

    Availability: Winter and Spring 2010

    Donna Shillington

    Donna Shillington examines the processes associated with continental rupture and initial seafloor spreading using seismic reflection and refraction data in combination with other geophysical/geological data and quantitative techniques, such as subsidence analysis. She has studied these processes at extensional systems such as the Newfoundland-Iberia conjugate margins and the Black Sea. She is also interested in magmatic processes in island arcs and in characterizing variations in pore-pressure and pore-fluid content in sediments.

    Donna is a Doherty Associate Research Scientist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

    Lecture titles:
     
  • Public lecture:
  • Recipe(s) for continental breakup. Download presentation (39 MB) and animation (17 MB). Watch the lecture (may load slowly).

     
  • Technical lecture:
  • An abrupt along-strike transition from magma-poor to magma-rich rifting in the eastern Black Sea. Download presentation (42 MB). Watch the lecture (may load slowly).


    Availability: Winter and Spring 2010

    Rudy Slingerland

    Rudy Slingerland’s research group studies the evolution of morphodynamic systems such as deltas, rivers, and shallow marine shelves by coupling theory, often in the form of dynamical models, with observations in the field and subsurface. Our ultimate goal is develop predictive theories for the behavior of these systems and the stratal record of their deposits.

    Rudy Slingerland is a Professor of Geology in the Department of Geosciences at the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA.

    Lecture titles:
     
  • Public lecture:
  • How River Deltas Work: The Patterns and Dynamics of Distributive Fluvial Systems. Download presentation (198 MB) and six animations: 1 (4 MB), 2 (73 MB), 3 (2 MB), 4 (2 MB), 5 (4 MB), 6 (9 MB).
     
  • Technical lecture:
  • Building a Continental Shelf One Grain at a Time.

    Availability: Fall 2009 and Winter/Spring 2010

    Katherine Kelley

    Katherine Kelley uses geochemical methods to examine the processes of magma formation and evolution in a variety of tectonic settings. She utilizes and develops micro-analytical techniques in geochemistry to probe the compositions of natural glasses and mineral inclusions. Her research currently focuses on constraining the importance of volatile species (esp. water) to mantle and magmatic processes at subduction zones and mid-ocean ridges, developing geochemical tracers of material cycling through subduction zones, and modeling the long-term effects of subduction on the geochemical evolution of the earth's interior. She has worked on volcanoes from the Mariana islands, the Philippines and Indonesia, ODP drill sites 801 and 1149 in the Pacific plate, and a global sampling of submarine spreading ridges.

    Katie is an Assistant Professor of Geological Oceanography at the Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island.

    Lecture titles :
     
  • Public lecture:
  • The volatile story of subduction zone volcanism.

     
  • Technical lecture:
  • The role of water in mantle melting and mass transfer processes at subduction zones. Download presentation (Keynote format - 78 MB, PDF format - 47 MB)

    Availability: Spring 2010

    Tim Dixon

    Tim Dixon uses space geodetic techniques such as GPS and InSAR (Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar) to study motion and deformation of Earth's surface due to faulting, earthquakes, volcanic activity and coastal subsidence.

    Tim is Professor of Marine Geology and Geophysics at the University of Miami.

    Lecture titles:
     
  • Public lecture:
  • Unraveling Earth's Largest Earthquakes Using Space Techniques. Watch the lecture (may load slowly).

     
  • Technical lecture:
  • Comparing Short and Long Term Deformation as Recorded by Geodesy and Geology.


    Availability: Fall 2009, Winter/Spring 2010

    Becky Dorsey

    Becky Dorsey studies the stratigraphic record of basin development at tectonically active continental margins. Becky and her students combine field data with collaborative studies of geochronology, paleomagnetism, geochemistry, and paleontology to assess the tectonic, climatic, and eustatic controls on deposition in ancient sedimentary basins. Current work in southern California and NW Mexico is aimed at understanding the timing, rates, and processes of oblique rifting and continental rupture along the Pacific-North America plate boundary.

    Becky is a Professor of Geology in the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Oregon, Eugene, OR.

    Lecture titles:
     
  • Public lecture:
  • Stratigraphic record of transform-rift tectonics, southern California and NW Mexico.
     
  • Technical lecture:
  • Crustal recycling along an oblique-divergent plate boundary: from the Colorado Plateau to the Salton Trough and Gulf of California. Download presentation (PPT, 15 MB).
     
    Availability: Spring 2010

    Interested in hosting a speaker?

    Any college or university wishing to invite a MARGINS speaker may apply via the online application form. Applications are due by July 1 , 2009 for visiting speakers in Fall 2009-Spring 2010. Invitations from institutions not currently involved with MARGINS research are strongly encouraged, including those granting undergraduate or masters degrees, as well as those with Ph.D. programs. Institutions may request a technical and/or public lecture.

    The MARGINS Office will cover airfares for speakers' travel and coordinate travel and off-site logistics. Host institutions are responsible for local living costs for the duration of the visit.

    Please direct any questions to the MARGINS Office: margins@nsf-margins.org

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    MARGINS is an NSF funded program

    The MARGINS Office is Hosted by Columbia University

    Last updated Friday, June 11, 2010