Past DLP Speakers 2015 – 2016


Elizabeth Cottrell

Dr. Elizabeth Cottrell is a curator in the Department of Mineral Sciences at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution where she serves as the Director of the Global Volcanism Program. Liz conducts experiments at high pressures and temperatures to understand the evolution of Earth’s mantle, from the time of planetary accretion and core formation to today. Currently she is focused on understanding how oxygen, hydrogen and carbon cycle between mantle reservoirs, and how this influences the petrogenesis of Earth’s crust and the deep carbon cycle. Liz received her PhD from Columbia University and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Geophysical Laboratory at Carnegie before joining the Smithsonian in 2007.

Public Lecture: Volcanoes: Windows to the Deep

Technical Lecture: Oxygen Cycling Through Subduction Zones and The Generation of Continents

2015-2016 Host Institutions
  • Northeastern Illinois University | March 10, 2016
  • UC, Davis | January 13, 2016
  • Vanderbilt University | March 4, 2016
2014-2015 Host Institutions
  • The Community College of Baltimore County | December 1, 2014
  • Drexel University | January 15, 2015
  • IMax Theater, Challenger Learning Center of Tallahassee, Fl | February 2, 2015
  • Florida State University | February 3, 2015
  • University of Vermont | February 23, 2015
 icon-youtube-play Watch the Public Lecture given by Liz Cottrell at Drexel University in January 2015.

 icon-youtube-play Watch the Technical Lecture given by Liz Cottrell at the University of Vermont in February 2015.

 icon-youtube-play Watch the Public Lecture given by Liz Cottrell at the Imax of the Challenger Learning Center in Tallahassee, Florida in February 2015.


Bradley Hacker

Dr. Bradley Hacker is a Professor in the Department of Earth Science at UC Santa Barbara. His research focuses on field, laboratory, and theoretical study of tectonics using a combination of metamorphic petrology, structural geology, mineral physics, and geochronology. Particular topics of interest include continental subduction, continental collision, and ophiolite emplacement Applied tools are chiefly electron-backscatter diffraction, electron-probe microanalysis, and laser-ablation inductively-coupled-plasma mass spectrometry.

Public Lecture: Earth’s Tempo: The Bleeding Edge of Geochronology

Technical Lecture: Differentiation of the Continental Crust by Relamination ( icon-file-text 9 Mb)

2015-2016 Host Institutions
  • Louisiana State University | April 8, 2016
  • Lehigh University | April 15, 2016
  • Missouri State University | April 4, 2016
2014-2015 Host Institutions
  • UMASS Amherst | April 3, 2015
  • University of Connecticut | April 7, 2015
  • University of Wisconsin Oshkosh | March 5, 2015
  • University of New Hampshire | April 2, 2015

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 GIA investigations in the Patagonian Andes.

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

Technical lecture: From plate boundary to intraplate: understanding the role of paleotectonic structures in continental intraplate deformation

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

 icon-youtube-play Watch the Public Lecture given by Beatrice Magnani at Marshall University in October 2015.

2015-2016 Host Institutions
  • Boston College | November 17, 2015
  • Marshall University | October 30, 2015
  • Stanford University | May 12, 2016

Andy Nyblade

Dr. Andy Nyblade is Professor of Geosciences at Penn State University. He uses seismic recordings of earthquakes to interrogate earth structure in continental settings to understand deep earth processes linked to rifting, plateau uplift, volcanism, basin evolution, mountain building, crustal genesis and craton formation. For the past 10 years, he has led the AfricaArray initiative to build science capacity in Africa and the U.S. through coupled data gathering, research and education programs. He has worked extensively throughout eastern and southern Africa for over 25 years, where much of his research has focused on imaging the African superplume.

Public lecture: The Formation of the Great Rift Valley in East Africa: Is there a Connection with Human Origins?

Technical lecture: Cenozoic Rifting, Plateau Uplift, and Volcanism in Eastern Africa and the African Superplume

2015-2016 Host Institutions
  • Eastern Kentucky University | March 22-23, 2016
  • Montclair State University | February 8-9, 2016
  • University of Akron | February 25-26, 2016
2014-2015 Host Institutions
  • University of California San Diego, SCRIPPS Institution | March 30, 2015
  • Utah Valley University | March 31, 2015
  • Southern Methodist University | April 1, 2015
 icon-youtube-play Watch the Public Lecture given by Andy Nyblade at Montclair State University in February 2016.

 icon-youtube-play Watch the Public Lecture given by Andy Nyblade at Eastern Kentucky University in March 2016.


Robert Stern

Dr. Robert J. Stern is Professor of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Dallas. His research focuses on three complementary themes: 1) How modern arc crust forms above subductions zones and evolves into true continental crust; 2) How new subduction zones form; and 3) When and why Plate Tectonics began on Earth. He and his students and collaborators emphasize geochemical and isotopic data sets to investigate examples around the globe, both on land and beneath the sea. Active areas of study include modern examples of arc and backarc basin igneous activity in the Izu-Bonin-Mariana, Japan, Central American and Aleutian arcs, and ancient examples in Afro-Arabia and Iran.

Public Lecture: Geoscientific Investigations of the Southern Mariana Trench and the Challenger Deep ( icon-file-text 14 Mb)

Technical Lecture: Convergent Plate Margins, Subduction Zones, and Island Arcs ( icon-file-text 7 Mb)

2015-2016 Host Institutions
  • University of South Florida | March 30-31,2016 (Visit to University of Florida April 1, 2016)
  • West Virginia University | April 14, 2016
  • Montana State University | April 21, 2016
2014-2015 Host Institutions
  • Kansas State University | March 26, 2015
  • University of Iowa | November 13, 2015
  • Dickinson State University | April 20, 2015

Laura Wallace

Dr. Laura Wallace is a Research Scientist at the University of Texas Institute for Geophysics. Laura uses geodetic methods to investigate deformation of the Earth’s crust at plate boundaries, with a particular focus on subduction zones. She undertakes research at various locations in the western Pacific. She is particularly interested in understanding the physical mechanisms that control subduction thrust earthquakes and slow slip events. She is currently leading a large-scale international project to deploy ocean bottom seismometers and seafloor geodetic instruments to investigate slow slip events offshore New Zealand. Prior to her arrival at the University of Texas, Laura was a research scientist at GNS Science in New Zealand for nearly a decade.

Public Lecture: The slow slip revolution: Leading to a better understanding of earthquakes

Technical Lecture: Sticky or Slippery? Controls on subduction megathrust behavior at the Hikurangi subduction margin, New Zealand

2015-2016 Host Institutions
  • Iowa State University | November 17, 2015
  • Penn State University | February 2, 2016
  • University of Montana | November 16, 2015

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