Distinguished Lectureship Program Speakers


2016 – 2017

Esteban Gazel

Dr. Esteban Gazel is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Geosciences at Virginia Tech. He uses geochemical and petrological tools to understand intraplate magmatism, subduction zone processes, and deep Earth geochemical cycles. Ongoing projects include the evolution of mantle plumes (from Large Igneous Provinces to modern hotspots), the role of island arcs in the generation of continental crust, and volatile budgets in the mantle. His research approach integrates a combination of field, lab, statistical, and theoretical methods with interdisciplinary collaboration with other fields in Earth Science.

Public Lecture: The rocks that joined the Americas: Is there a connection with climate and evolution of life?

Technical Lecture: Making young continents in arcs

2016-2017 Host Institutions
  • National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution | Fall 2017
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas | February 15, 2017
  • University of Nevada, Reno | February 13, 2017
  • California State University East Bay | Fall 2017

Beatrice Magnani

Dr. Beatrice Magnani is a seismologist at Southern Methodist University whose overarching research theme is the formation, evolution of continents, and continental dynamics. Dr. Magnani employs controlled-source seismology to image continents at a wide range of scales and resolutions, from the lithosphere to the near surface. Her research interests include the Eastern North American passive margin structure and evolution (ENAM Community Seismic Experiment Project), seismic oceanography, and glacial isostatic adjustment (GIA) investigations in the Patagonian Andes.

Public lecture: The legacy of ancient plate boundaries in continental intraplate deformation

Technical lecture: Short- and long-lived deformation in the Central US and implications for discriminating between natural and induced seismicity

2016-2017 Host Institutions
  • Tarleton State University | TBA
  • Appalachian State University | April 7, 2017
  • Texas A&M, Kingsville | February 28, 2017
  • Fort Lewis College | March 23, 2017
  • University of Utah | March 9, 2017
2015-2016 Host Institutions
  • Boston College | November 17, 2015
  • Marshall University | October 30, 2015
  • Stanford University | May 12, 2016

  Watch the Technical Lecture given by Beatrice Magnani at Marshall University in October 2015.
  Watch the Public Lecture given by Beatrice Magnani at Marshall University in October 2015.


Heather Savage

Dr. Heather Savage is an Associate Research Professor at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Using both laboratory experiments and field studies, her research focuses on understanding the strength and stability of faults in order to improve our ability to assess when and where large earthquakes occur.  Heather is particularly interested in identifying seismic signatures of ancient earthquakes in the rock record that provide windows into the processes that occur during earthquakes. She has worked in a variety of geologic settings, studying faults in California, Nevada, Oklahoma, Vermont, Alaska, Wyoming, Japan, and Italy.

Public lecture: The science and pseudoscience of earthquake prediction

Technical lecture: Understanding deformation in fault zones over multiple seismic cycles

2016-2017 Host Institutions
  • Boston University | February 14, 2017
  • Bates College | April 4, 2017
  • Bowdoin College | April 5, 2017
  • Colby College | April 7, 2017
  • Central Washington University | April 28, 2017
  • University of Washington | April 27, 2017

Brandon Schmandt

Dr. Brandon Schmandt is an Assistant Professor in the Earth and Planetary Science Department at the University of New Mexico. His research primarily uses observational seismology to investigate tectonic and magmatic processes operating near plate boundaries and beneath plate interiors. Recently he is involved in a collaborative project to investigate melt generation, melt transport, and crustal evolution in the Cascades arc at Mount St. Helens. The seismic component of the project uses a multi-scale combination of seismic arrays, including two weeks of continuous recording with a 900-geophone array concentrated within about 12 km of Mount St. Helens.

Public Lecture: Exploring the roots of volcanoes with seismology

Technical Lecture: Investigation of Mount St. Helens earthquakes and magma plumbing with a hybrid natural and controlled source seismic survey 

2016-2017 Host Institutions
  • Allegheny College | November 3-5, 2016
  • University of Puerto Rico | October 13-16, 2016
  • Boise State University | November 16, 2016
  • Idaho State University | November 17, 2016
  • New Mexico State University | April 12, 2017

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