Geology Club Speaker Series

The Geology Club at San José State University is a student-organized group that typically meets on Mondays at 12:00pm in Duncan Hall 306. Geology Club membership is free, but optional lunch fees for this semester are $30 for students and $35 for faculty. 

The Speaker Series is the Geology Club's weekly event, which gives students and faculty the opportunity to hear geology-related talks from guest professionals and educators on a wide variety of geologic subjects.

For further information, contact the Geology Club at For updates on the latest happenings, follow the Geology Club at San José State University on Facebook at


Speaker Series, Fall Semester 2015




9/14/15 Hari Mix
-Santa Clara University
"The Linked Evolution of Climate and Topography in the Sierra Nevada"
9/28/15 Andrea Llenos
-United States Geological Survey
"Assessing Earthquake Hazards in the Anthropocene: Induced Seismicity in the Central and Eastern US"
10/5/15 Anne Sanquini
"The Nepal Earthquake: Eyewitness Account & Research Update"

Yihe Huang


"Detecting small induced earthquakes and their source properties."

Emily Brodsky
-University of California, Santa Cruz

"How to Create an Effective Résumé and Craft a Cover Letter"

Emily Montgomery-Brown
-United States Geological Survey

"Deformation of Kilauea Volcano: Slow Slip Events and Periodic Dike Intrusions."

Leslie Gordon
-United States Geological Survey

"Communicating about Science with the Media"

Jennifer Fehrenbacher
-University of California, Davis


Emily Rivest
-University of California, Davis


Eileen Evans
-United States Geological Survey


Mr. Dan Ibarra



Speaker Series, Spring Semester 2015




1/26/15 Kim Blisniuk
-San Jose State University
"Quantifying active landscapes: A case study from the southern San Andreas fault system"
2/02/15 Diego Melgar
-Berkeley Seismology Lab
"Observing the seismic and tsunami source with geophysical data"
2/09/15 Rick Blakely
-United States Geological Survey
"Tectonic links between Cascadia’s backarc and forearc: Applying lessons from Christchurch, New Zealand, to the Pacific Northwest"
2/16/15 Bradley Erskine
"Building a Dam Out of Naturally Occurring Asbestos (NOA)- Challenges and Solutions"
2/18/15 Nellie Rochon-Ellis
-SJSU Career Consultant
"How to Create an Effective Résumé and Craft a Cover Letter"
2/23/15 Jenny Suckale
"Slug or Plug: Why does Stromboli volcano erupt?"
3/02/15 Kristoffer Szilas
"Archean geochemistry of SW Greenland"
3/16/15 Tania Treis
-Panorama Environmental Services
"Geology and Hydrology in Land Use Policy"
3/30/15 Earl Hagstrom
-Sedgwick Law
"Industry Challenging County and Municipal Bans (of fracking) on Multiple Fronts"

4/06/15 Kaitlin Maguire
-UC Merced
"Pleistocene Vertebrate Fauna of Silicon Valley"
4/13/15 Anne Sanquini
"Accelerating the Mitigation of Natural Hazard Risk"
4/20/15 Ben Black
-UC Berkeley
"Methane rivers run through it: quantifying fluvial erosion on Titan"
4/27/15 Kayla Iacovino
-United States Geological Survey
"Evolution and degassing of alkaline magmas from two of the strangest places on Earth: Erebus, Antarctica and Paektu, North Korea"
4/29/15 Nina Abdollahian
-Master's Thesis Defense
"Diversity and community structure of marine invertebrate fossil assemblages from the Neogene of the Dominican Republic"
5/04/15 Jennifer Pence
-Senior Thesis Defense
"Structural analysis and evolution of the Entiat Fault Zone, a major Eocene structure of the North Cascades, Washington"
5/06/15 Mae Marcaida
-Master's Thesis Defense
"Resolving the timing of late Pleistocene dome emplacement of Mono Craters rhyolites, California, using combined U–Th and Ar/Ar dating"
5/11/15 Brittany Johnson
-Master's Thesis Defense
"Lithologic Constraints on Knickpoint Formation in Sierra Nevada Bedrock Channels"
  Evan Enriquez
-Master's Thesis Defense
"Debris Flow Fans in Yosemite Valley, California"
5/13/15 Anthony Lenci
-Master's Thesis Defense
"A Snail's Tale: A Geological History of a Species"
5/20/15 Katie Bryant
-Master's Thesis Defense
"Structural Analysis of Eocene Dikes Near the Duncan Hill Pluton, North Cascades, Washington"
  Neil Fenning
-Master's Thesis Defense
"Deformation and Intrusive Patterns During Eocene Transtension: Eastern Part of the Skagit Gneiss Complex, and Adjacent Units, North Cascades, Washington"
  Kelly Dustin
-Master's Thesis Defense
"Structure, Construction, and Geochemistry of the Cretaceous Seven-Finger Jack Intrusive Complex in the Klone Peak Area, North Cascades, Washington"