DGSE Geoscience Seminar—Monday, February 10 (Today!)

Speaker:Dr. Neil Kelley (Vanderbilt University)
From Mountains to Museums—Piecing Together the History of Triassic Marine Reptiles in the American West

A message from Stacia Gordon: This coming Monday’s seminar speaker will be Dr. Neil Kelley from Vanderbilt University. Learn more about his research here at Earth Horizons and Vanderbilt University.

Abstract: The successful re-adaptation of terrestrial reptiles to aquatic life in the oceans after the end-Permian mass extinction coincided with top-to-bottom reorganization of marine ecosystems during the Mesozoic. Since the mid-1800s, the American West has been a rich source for fossils that record this pivotal evolutionary transition. Unfortunately, due to a combination of factors including fragmentary fossils, complex tectonics and remote localities, the American Triassic marine reptile fossil record has long been overshadowed by contemporaneous fossil assemblages from Europe and Asia. During the past several years, new discoveries in the field, as well as reappraisal of forgotten, misidentified or overlooked specimens in museum collections, have helped to fill in some gaps in our knowledge and reaffirm the important perspective provided by Triassic marine reptiles from the American West. This talk will review key historic and contemporary developments on this scientific frontier and explore what recent discoveries reveal about the evolution and extinction of Triassic marine reptiles and the ecological roles they played in an interval of global change.

UNR DGSE Geoscience Seminars Fall 2019 (Dept. of Geological Sciences & Engineering)

All regular Monday seminars are in DMS 102 at 4:00 PM.

DGSE Geoscience Seminar—Monday, October 21

Joanna Blasczak
Using Time Series Modeling to Gain Ecological Understanding of Carbon Cycling in Rivers

UNR DGSE Geoscience Seminars Fall 2019 (Dept. of Geological Sciences & Engineering)


All regular Monday seminars are in DMS 102 at 4:00 PM.

Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering New Director—Anna (Annie) Huhta

A message from the Dean of the College of Science at UNR, Jeff Thompson: “I am very happy to announce that Ms. Anna (Annie) Huhta has accepted the position of Director of the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering. She will assume her new role on June 10. Annie has been employed by Newmont Mining Corporation since 2005, most recently holding the position of Chief Geologist.  She holds a Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Geology from the University of Idaho, and completed the Executive MBA program at UNR in 2018.

In addition to 14 years of experience in the mining industry, Annie has extensive experience building community support and increasing endowment funds as a non-profit board member and active volunteer.  Annie’s vision is “to continue Mackay’s proud history and reputation for excellence while meeting new challenges, seizing innovation opportunities, and fostering collaboration.”

I hope you will all warmly welcome Annie to Mackay and the University of Nevada, Reno.”

DGSE Geoscience Seminar at UNR—Monday, December 3  

Plankton Evolution: A Perspective from the Deep-Sea Microfossil Record
Dr. Dave Lazarus
Curator of Micropaleontology, Berlin Museum of Natural History (Museum für Naturkunde)
Monday, December 3
Davidson Math & Science Center (DMS, UNR) Room 105, 4:00 PM
Coffee and snacks will be provided at 3:30 PM.

Dr. Lazarus is one of the world’s leading micropaleontological researchers. He earned his PhD from Columbia University/Lamont Doherty Geological Observatory, and has gone on to publish extensively on the taxonomy and evolution of radiolarians, biostratigraphy, paleoceanography, and the applications of information technology to paleontology. Since 1996, he has been the curator of micropaleontology at the Berlin Museum of Natural History, where he conducts a wide variety of research related to fossil marine plankton.

DGSE Seminars:

DGSE Colloquium Speaker Series

A message from Philipp Ruprecht (Assistant Professor, Geological Sciences at UNR):
“Our speaker on Monday (10/22; social at 3:30 pm and talk at 4 pm in DMS 105) is Brandon Schmandt from the University of New Mexico. Brandon is a seismologist that has studied the Western US on the continental scale with EarthScope. He is interested in developing new tools that are resolving much finer scales within the Earth crust.”

October 22
Topic: Seismically Imaging Magma Reservoirs beneath Yellowstone and Long Valley Calderas
Speaker: Brandon Schmandt, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of New Mexico, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering (DGSE)
2018 Fall Seminars—Tentative Fall Schedule:
All Regular Monday Seminars are in DMS 105.

October 29
Topic: Deep Life and Lessons from the Fringes of Microbial Biology
Speaker: Duane Moser, DRI