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Thursday, September 10 from 4:00 to 5:15 p.m.

"Isotopic Evidence for Multiple Recycled Sulfur Reservoirs in the Mangaia Mantle Plume"

Presented by Dr. James Dottin, III, from the University of Maryland
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Meeting ID: 972 6987 9213
Passcode: Seminar1

There is also an informal gathering planned at1:00 pm for students to meet with Dr. Dottin.

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Meeting ID: 941 4336 6716
Passcode: YGB7tB

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Thursday, September 24th, from 4:00 - 5:15 pm

"Teaching Paleontology: From Desmostylians to Tauntauns"

Dr. Gabriel-Philip Santos’s research interests focus on the Eocene vertebrate fauna of Southern California and the paleobiology of marine mammals, particularly in the extinct hippo-like desmostylians. Gabe is also an active science communicator on social media. He joined the Alf Museum in 2015. As collections manager, Gabe is responsible for the care, cataloging, and organization of the Alf Museum’s research fossils. As Outreach Coordinator, he organizes the museum’s outreach and education programs, such as Skype in the Classroom and Discovery Days. Gabe also assists in teaching the Museum After School program.

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Meeting ID: 986 3465 5490
Passcode: Seminar2

Dr. Maitrayee Bose, Arizona State University

Thursday, October 1, 2020 from 4-5:15 pm

"Understanding the Solar Neighborhood by Stardust Investigations"

Dr. Maitrayee Bose is an isotope cosmochemist, investigating the chemistry on rocky and icy surfaces of asteroids and comets to understand how they originated and processes prevalent in small planetary bodies.  He is an Assistant Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University (ASU) in Tempe. I oversee the NanoSIMS (Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometer) funded by the National Science Foundation and ASU. I use the NanoSIMS to decipher the isotopic fingerprinting between the gas and solid states.

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Meeting ID: 919 7179 7211
Passcode: Seminar3

Dr. Aviwe Matiwane from Rhodes University

Thursday, October 22, 2020 12-1:15 pm

"Power Plants: Investigations of a  Glossopteris Flora near Southerland, South Africa"

Aviwe Matiwane, is a palaeobotanist, who takes us on a journey back in time, before dinosaurs walked the Earth, and tells us about how ancient forests and 260 million-year-old plants formed the coal we know today. She studies the fossils of these ancient forests and is trying to find the best way to name and describe these ancient plants.

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Meeting ID: 934 1853 8421
Passcode: Seminar4


Dr. Beck Strauss (they/them/theirs)

Thursday, November 5, 2020 from 4-5:15 pm

"The Case of the Missing Dynamo: Constraining the Decline of the Moon's Magnetic Field using Apollo 12 Basalt"

Dr. Beck Strauss (they/them/theirs) studies how geological materials, from stalagmites on Earth to lava flows on Mercury, record changing magnetic fields over thousands to billions of years.


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Meeting ID: 982 1321 2458
Passcode: Seminar5

Dr. Vashan Wright

Thursday, November 19, 2020 from 4-5:15 pm

"Neotectonics of the Enriquillo-Plantain Garden Fault Zone and the Resistance of Sands to Earthquake-Triggered Deformation”

Dr. Vashan Wright is a controlled-source geophysicist and rock physicist who quantifies the effects of tectonism, fluid flow, and climate change on granular media. To conduct this research, he examines granular media using x-ray microtomography, cores, seismic reflection and refraction profiles, and aerial photography. He integrates these observations with empirical, experimental, and numerical models to identify and characterize fault systems, constrain paleoseismicity, and study earthquake-triggered geohazards.


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Meeting ID: 935 0406 6006
Passcode: Seminar6