Geology & Geophysics Lecture Series

Special lectures are hosted by the department to help expand student's access to a wide range of topics and distinguished academics. Financial support for the lecture series is provided by the LJ Wilbert Endowment, Grover E. Murray Educational Fund, and the Marathon Oil Distinguished Speaker Series Fund.

All lectures will generally take place on Fridays at 3:30 p.m. in E130 Howe-Russell-Kniffen unless otherwise noted. Refreshments are served before lectures at approximately 3:00 in the Clarence Cazalot Marathon Oil Atrium.

Spring 2023 Schedule

                 "*" Network with us! Marquee events included a pre (~3:15pm)  and post seminar (immediately after discussion) receptions!" 

Date Lecture Topic Speaker(s) Faculty Host
Jan. 20 "Lessons Learned from Global CO2 Storage Projects" 

Dr. Kathryn Denommee

Dr. Ganesh Dasari

Dr. Juan Lorenzo
Jan. 27 "Part I: Energy Exploration: Applied Sedimentology; Part II: The Louisiana Geological Survey: Past, Present, and the Vision for the Future" Dr. Clare Falcon Dr. Karen Luttrell

Feb. 3

*Begins at

4:30 pm*

"Forum on Energy and the Energy Transition"

Panelists include:

Clarence Cazalot, Retired CEO of Marathon Oil
Ron Neal, Co-Founder of Houston Energy
Kathryn Watts, US Geological Survey 
Eric Zimmermann, COO of LLOG Exploration

LSUGG Alumni Panel Dr. Darrell Henry
Feb. 10 "Probing Earth’s Seafloor to Understand Space: Impact Craters, Plumes, and True Polar Wander" Dr. Sonia Tikoo Dr. Suniti Karunatillake
Feb. 17 "Linking Sedimentary Processes to The Formation Of Wind-Blown Microbial Landscapes for Biosignature Exploration on Other Worlds" Dr. Ryan Ewing Dr. Suniti Karunatillake
Feb. 24 "The Climate Crisis:  Where are We, What Can We Do" * Dr. Maureen Raymo Dr. Peter Clift
Mar. 10

Computer simulations of magmatic melts for structural and dynamical insights

Live Recording Available - Watch Now!

Dr. Bijaya Karki Dr. Jianwei Wang
Mar. 24 "Icy Secrets and Retreating Glaciers: Past, Present, and Future" * Dr. Ellen Mosley-Thompson Dr. Peter Doran
Mar. 31 "The Exploration of Mars:  From Mariner to Mars 2020 and Sample Return" * Dr. Scott McLennan Dr. Suniti Karunatillake
Apr. 14 "Out of (Chemical) Equilibrium and into Metamorphic Depths:  Mineral Inclusions in Garnets and Elastic Thermobarometers Reveal True Crystallization Depths" Dr. Jay Thomas Dr. Darrell Henry
Apr. 21

Environmental Impact of Nuclear Fuel Cycle: 'Entanglement' of Science, Engineering, and the Social Sciences"

Live Recording Available - Watch Now!

* Dr. Rodney Ewing Dr. Barb Dutrow

Fall 2022 Schedule

Date Lecture Topic Speaker(s) Faculty Host
Aug. 26 "LSU Campus Mounds: The Oldest Extant Man-made Structures in North America"Live Recording Available - Watch Now!

Dr. Brooks Ellwood

Geology and Geophysics, LSU

Dr. Sam Bentley
Sep. 2

Themed Seminar: “Planetary sojourns on Earth,” the two perspectives of ongoing and upcoming research are entitled:

Wheel-based seismic acquisition system for a planetary rover

Exploring a serendipitous Mars analog serpentine zone in Sri Lanka

Drs. Juan Lorenzo & Suniti Karunatillake

Geology and Geophysics, LSU

Dr. Darrell Henry
Sep. 9

"Stories and Highlights of Summer Research"

The two narratives, a first in highlighting the experiential aspects of research are entitled:

“Mineralogical riches from Lyon, France to Elba Island, Italy” by Dr. Barb Dutrow

"Travails with a seismic payload in a Mars-analog Alaskan permafrost tunnel" by Dr. Lorenzo

Live Recording Available - Watch Now!

Drs. Barb Dutrow, Juan Lorenzo

Geology and Geophysics, LSU

Dr. Suniti Karunatillake
Sep. 16

"Moderate, Localized Water Scarcity Possible in the Willamette Basin, Oregon, Over Next 80 years: Results from a Coupled Climate – Physical – Biological – Socioeconomic Model"

Live Recording Available - Watch Now!

Dr. Roy Haggerty

Executive Vice President and Provost, LSU

Dr. Darrell Henry
Sep. 23

Voyage to Another Planet:  The Ocean Floor of the Western Pacific

Live Recording Available - Watch Now!

Dr. Jon Snow

Geology and Geophysics, LSU

Dr. Karen Luttrell
Sep. 30 "​Insight into the recent fluvial and tectonic development of the Telavi Region of the Western Kura Fold-Thrust Belt: Active deformation in the “Napa Valley” of Georgia"

Dr. Lasha Sukhishvili

Ilia State University in T'blisi, Georgia

Dr. Adam Forte
Oct. 7 "Connecting Patterns to Processes in Martian Boulder Fields"

Dr. Don Hood

Department of Geosciences, Baylor University

Dr. Suniti Karunatillake
Oct. 21 "Sediment dispersal, accumulation, and transformation into stratigraphy: Interpreting environmental changes across time and space for fluvial-deltaic landscapes"

Dr. Jeff Nittrouer

Department of Geosciences, Texas Tech University

Dr. Carol Wilson
Oct. 28

"Petrochronology: Tools that can Elucidate Tectonic Histories"

Live Recording Available - Watch Now!

Dr. Harold Stowell

Department of Geological Sciences, University of Alabama

Dr. Darrell Henry
Nov. 4

"Interrogating the El Nino-Southern Oscillation's Impacts on U.S. Hydroclimate over the Last Millennium"

Live Recording Available - Watch Now!

Dr. Sylvia Dee

Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, Rice University

Dr. Suniti Karunatillake
Nov. 11 "Earth-Shattering: Gravitational Evidence of Impact-Induced Porosity"

Dr. Peter James

Department of Geoscience, Baylor University

Dr. Suniti Karunatillake
Nov. 18 "Earth’s Unique Continents"

Dr. Roberta Rudnick

Earth Science, University of California at Santa Barbara

Dr. Jon Snow
Dec. 2

"Aqua Incognita', The Nature of Waters Underlying the Baton Rouge Aquifers to a Crustal Depth of 40,000 Feet"

Live Recording Available - Watch Now!

Dr. Jeff Hanor

Geology and Geophysics, LSU

Dr. Darrell Henry

Dec. 9

Terrestrial adventures of an originally celestial isotope signature"

Live Recording Available - Watch Now!

Dr. Huiming Bao

International Center for Isotopics Effects Research, Nanjing University, China

Dr. Suniti Karunatillake