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 2014




9/15/14 Robert Miller
-San José State University
"Geology Field Camp 2014: Mapping, Fun, and the Mixing of Three Cultures"
9/22/14 Seth Burgess
-United States Geological Survey
"High-Precision Geochronology of Large Igneous Provinces and Mass Extinctions: Testing Coincidence and Assessing Causation"
9/29/14 Ryan Wood
-CDM Smith
"Fluvial Loading and Transport of Trace Mercury Along an Intermittent Stream in Central California: Sampling Approaches and Techniques"
10/06/14 Sonia Tikoo-Schantz
-Berkeley Geochronology Center
"Lunar Magnetism"
10/13/14 June Oberdorfer
-San José State University
"PCBs at Facebook Campus: Threat to San Francisco Bay?"
10/27/14 Nan Shostak
-San José State University
"Rumblings of the Past: Historical Earthquakes in the Bay Area"
11/03/14 Erin Shea
-University of California, Santa Barbara
"Diving Deep into the Plumbing of a Continental Magmatic Arc: A Romp Through the North Cascades"
11/10/14 Terry Blackburn
-University of California, Santa Cruz
"Sink to Survive: The Persistence of Ancient Mountain Belts Through Crustal Density Changes."
11/17/14 Andrew Cyr
-United States Geological Survey

"Chronologies of Fluvial and Alluvial Deposits in the Mojave Desert and What They Have to Say About Paleoclimate and the Distribution and Rates of Geomorphic Processes"

11/24/14 Phil Johnson
-Cotton, Shires, & Associates

"Structural, Stratigraphic, and Hydrologic Factors Controlling Gravel Quarry Slope Instability, Livermore Basin, California "
12/01/14 Thalia Aganos
-San José State University
"Nonductile Concrete Buildings: The Next Big Mitigation Challenge"
12/08/14 Jamie Johnson
-Master's Thesis Defense
  Sarah Overton
-Master's Thesis Defense
12/10/14 Monika Leopold
-Master's Thesis Defense


Speaker Series, Spring Semester 2014




2/03/14 Eglantine Boulard
-Stanford University
"Investigating Carbon-rich Phases at Lower-Mantle Conditions"
2/10/14 Charles Bacon
-United States Geological Survey
"Geology, Geochemistry, and Seismicity of Aniakchak Caldera Volcano, Aleutian Arc"
2/17/14 Monika Kress
-Associate Professor, San José State University
"Searching for meteorites in Antarctica"
3/03/14 Elizabeth Hermsen
-Assistant Professor, Ohio University
"Exploring the Ancient Woods and Wetlands of Patagonia: Field Work and Fossil Floras"
3/17/14 Jonathan Miller
-Professor, San José State University
"Insights from Zircon into the Late Cretaceous Sierra Nevada Magmatic Flare-Up"
4/07/14 Harry Cook
-United States Geological Survey
"Evolution of the Western North American Late Proterozoic–Paleozoic Passive-Margin Carbonate Platform through Time and Space and its Super-Giant Carlin-Type Gold Deposits"
4/14/14 Thorne Lay
-Professor, University of California, Santa Cruz
"A Recent Surge of Great Earthquakes and What We Are Learning From Them"
4/21/14 Olenka Hubickyj
-Lecturer, San José State University
Planetary Formation
4/28/14 Brent Johnson
-Master's Thesis Defense

"Thermal and Compositional Evolution of the Mid-Miocene Searchlight Magmatic System Recorded by Zircon"

  Scott Elkins
-Master's Thesis Defense
"Structure, construction, and geochemistry of the highly elongate, Cretaceous Seven-Fingered Jack pluton in the Devil's Smokestack Area, North Cascades, Washington"
5/05/14 Lauren Short
-Master's Thesis Defense

"The Role of Large Woody Debris in Inhibiting the Dispersion of a Post-Fire Sediment Pulse"
  Ka'ai Jensen
-Master's Thesis Defense
"The Role of Lithology in Glacial Valley Cross-Sectional Shape"
5/07/14 Nicholas Sylva
-Senior Thesis Defense
"Structure of Eocene Dikes of the Duncan Hill Pluton, North Cascades, WA- Implications for Regional Strain During Postulated Ridge Subduction"
  Dustin Williams
-Senior Thesis Defense
"Geochemistry of Miocene Volcanic Rocks Exposed near San Luis Reservoir, Central California Coast Ranges: Mantle Heterogeneity in a Transitional Subduction-Transform Setting"
5/12/14 Rachel Unger
-Master's Thesis Defense
"Petrology and Sequence Stratigraphy of the Lost Burro Formation, Death Valley, California"
  Alan Kuoch
-Master's Thesis Defense
"Examination of Multiparticle Transport as a Function of Slope and Sediment Volume"
5/14/14 Zhengzheng Qin
-Master's Thesis Defense
"An Unsaturated-Zone Flux Study in A Highly-Fractured Bedrock Area: Ground Water Recharge Study and Modeling at the Masser Recharge Site, East-Central Pennsylvania"
  Marsha Lidzbarski
-Master's Thesis Defense
"U-Pb Geochronology and Geochemistry of the Peach Spring and Cook Canyon Ignimbrites, Western Arizona: Timescale of Assembly of an Early Miocene Supereruption"