Earth and Planetary Sciences Event Calendar

Unless noted, all listed events are open to the general public.

Wednesday Seminar in Geology: GEL 190/290
Seminars are scheduled for Wednesday afternoon at 4:00 PM. Additional optional seminars that may be included as part of the Geology 190 series may be scheduled at other times.

Friday Brown Bag"A Geology tradition since the Phanerozoic!"
Fridays at noon. Students and faculty give informal lectures on research, travel, or other interests. Bring a brown bag lunch.

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Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019, Wednesday Seminar
4:10 PM, 55 Roessler
Tea and cookies at 3:45 in the aviary - (2110 EPS)

Arc-continent collisions in the tropics set Earth's climate state  -- by Francis Macdonald, UC Santa Barbara


Friday, May 24th, 2019, Friday Brown Bag
12:10 PM, 1348 Earth and Physical Sciences

Grad Student Discussion on Harassment  -- by Danésha Nichols


Tuesday, May 28th, 2019, Special Seminar
6:00 PM, 1316 Earth and Physical Sciences

GeoCareer Pathways Outside Academia

The Association for Women Geoscientists - UC Davis Chapter invites all undergrads, grads, faculty, and staff to join us for pizza and conversation / Q&A with professional geoscientists working in Northern CA industry and government. Join us Tuesday May 28 6-7:30pm in EPS 1316. Pizza and drinks provided by AWG-UC Davis Chapter. Learn what these fantastic scientists have done for their careers, and how you can prepare yourself for geoscience work in industry and government. 

Geoscientists joining us from the Sacramento area:

  • Brianna St. Pierre, P.G., Senior Engineering Geologist at the California State Water Board
  • Erica Key, P.G., licensed geologist at the California Geological Survey
  • Leslie Royer, P.G., C.Hg., hydrogeologist with Jacobs Engineering 
  • Dr. Meredith Petrie, Air Pollution Specialist for the California Air Resources Board

Our guests have experience in:

  • Environmental investigations and remediation
  • Environmental consulting 
  • Carbon capture and sequestration 
  • Water quality protection
  • Agriculture, biosolids, composting and land disposal programs
  • Mining corporation
  • National forest geologist

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019, Wednesday Seminar
4:10 PM, 55 Roessler
Tea and cookies at 3:45 in the aviary - (2110 EPS)

TBA  -- by Sharon Newman, California Institute of Technology


Friday, May 31st, 2019, Friday Brown Bag
12:10 PM, 1348 Earth and Physical Sciences

Eveco - Ecology, Evolution, and Environment: A GEL 53 Production  -- by Colin Boisvert, Santiago Hernandez, Cassidy Ross, and Amelia Rutan

Eveco is a board developed by Dawn Sumner and the class of Gel 53 Fall 2018 (Boisvert Colin,Hernandez Santiago, Ross Cassidy, and Rutan Amelia). This will be an alpha test of the game with a large group. The game is designed with the principles of evolution and ecology in mind with the goal being to have your species colonize every continent. This game involves process from evolution and ecology like predator prey dynamics and slow random mutations leading to evolution while taking place in a dynamic geological world where disaster and opportunity are afoot. 

From the steamy jungles to the scorching deserts and even the depths of the ocean, evolution is the name of the game. In the world of Eveco using a continental configuration of the past, players try to survive reproduce and spread across this primal world while facing competition, natural disasters and potential predators. To combat this, populations have the chance to adapt by mutation. From locomotory mode to dentary style and diet the species is in your control. Predator or prey? Swimmer or flier? You choose!


Wednesday, June 5th, 2019, Wednesday Seminar
4:10 PM, 55 Roessler
Tea and cookies at 3:45 in the aviary - (2110 EPS)

Tsunami Forecasting -- Successes and Challenges  -- by Frank González, U. Washington

Tsunami forecasting issues will be discussed in the framework of the four combinations of the real-time vs. long-term temporal scales, and the near-field vs. far-field spatial scales. Real-time forecasting focuses on measurement/model integration, while long-term forecasting focuses on the development of sources, i.e., tsunamigenic geophysical events, based on best available science. Near- and far-field events, also known as local and distant events, refer to the distance a tsunami must travel from the source to a coastal community. Accomplishments, challenges, and on-going research will be presented.