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SESE Colloquium Archive

This archive lists previous terms' Colloquia with most recent at the top. (To return to the current term's Colloquium list, click here.)

Abstracts for talks are linked from the talk titles.  Scroll down for Supplementary Materials (talk PDFs, answers to questions, etc.).

Spring 2019

DateSpeakerInstitutionHostTalk Title
Jan 9David LawrenceJohns Hopkins, Applied Physics LabCraig HardgroveUsing Gamma Rays and Neutrons to Measure the Elemental Composition of Planetary Bodies
Jan 16Alycia WeinbergerCarnegie Institution of Washington, Department of Terrestrial MagnetismJennifer PatienceAstronomical Constraints on Planet Formation
Jan 23Ben MazinUniversity of California, Santa BarbaraChris GroppiLooking for Planets Outside Our Solar System with Superconducting Photon Detectors
Jan 30Katherine HayhoeTexas Tech UniversityHilairy HartnettMitigate, Adapt — or Suffer: Connecting Global Change to Local Impacts and Solutions
Feb 6Erika RaderUniversity of IdahoAmanda ClarkeVolcanic Spatter Across the Solar System: How Idaho+Lava Bombs = Water on Mars
Feb 13Erika HamdenUniversity of ArizonaEvgenya ShkolnikThe Ridiculous World of Scientific Ballooning
Feb 20H. Tuba Özkan-HallerOregon State UniversityPatrick YoungTransforming Academia: Advancing Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice in the Sciences
Feb 27Evgenya ShkolnikASU-School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE)Peter BuseckExploring Exoplanets and their Stars with the UV Space Telescopes of the Past, Present and Future
Mar 6Spring Break
Mar 13Jnaneshwar DasASU-School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE)Jnaneshwar DasRobots in the Wild: Collaborative Exploration and Mapping
Mar 20Mary KnappMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyJudd BowmanSearching For Small Planets With a Tiny Telescope: The Story of ASTERIA
Mar 27Deanne RogersStony Brook UniversityPhil ChristensenInterpreting the Rock Record of Early Mars
Apr 3Larry MatthiesJet Propulsion LaboratoryJnaneshwar DasVision Systems for Planetary Landers and Drones: Progress and Challenges
Apr 10Alison DuvallUniversity of WashingtonChristy TillMagnitude 9 Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquakes and Landslides: How Will the Hillslopes Handle the Big One?
Apr 17Marcia BjornerudLawrence UniversityRamon ArrowsmithReading the Record of Ancient Earthquakes At Three Levels in the Crust: Insights From Greenschist-, Amphibolite- and Eclogite-Facies Pseudotachylytes
Apr 24Tammy RittenourUtah State UniversityArjun HeimsathShifting Sand and Streams on the Grand Staircase, Southern Utah

Supplementary Materials (Spring 2019)

Colloquium Talk Slides (PDF)Colloquium Questions AnsweredAdditional Information
RaderLawrenceRader video
Duvall (25 MB version)
Duvall (97 MB version)Das (plus erratum)

 Fall 2018

DateSpeakerInstitutionHostTalk Title
Aug 22Kanani LeeYale UniversityTom SharpFacilitating Oxidation of the Atmosphere Through Mantle Convection
Aug 29Gregg HallinanCalifornia Institute of TechnologyJudd BowmanImaging All the Sky All the Time in Search of Radio Exoplanets
Sept 5Elizabeth TaskerJapan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)Steve DeschFinding Patterns in Planets: A Neural Network Approach to the Exoplanet Dataset
Sept 12Jenny SuckaleStanford UniversityLindy Elkins-TantonThe Role of Multiphase Instabilities in Nature’s Extremes
Sept 19Missy EppesUniversity of North Carolina–CharlotteArjun HeimsathCracking Up: Gaining New Insight into Mechanical Weathering Through the Lens of Fracture Mechanics
Sept 26Manoochehr ShirzaeiASU-School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE)Ramon ArrowsmithSpace-borne SAR Interferometry and Applications: Three Decades of Innovation and Problem Solving
Oct 3Estella AtekwanaUniversity of DelawareRamon ArrowsmithBiogeophysics: Exploring Earth’s Subsurface Biosphere using Geophysical Approaches
Oct 10Jayne BelnapU.S. Geological Survey–MoabHeather ThroopBeauty Can Be Just Skin-deep: the Essential Role of Surficial Microbes in Current and Future Desert Ecosystem Function
Oct 17Aldo SpadoniAerospace ImagineeringSteve SemkenExploring the Boundaries of Art, Design, Aerospace Engineering & Popular Culture
Oct 24Lucianne WalkowiczAdler PlanetariumEvgenya ShkolnikBecoming Interplanetary: Grappling with the Human Side of Mars Exploration
Oct 31Kiri WagstaffNASA Jet Propulsion LaboratoryCraig HardgroveTell Me Why: Interpretable Machine Learning Discoveries for Earth and Space Exploration
Nov 7Timothy HeckmanJohns Hopkins UniversitySanchayeeta BorthakurFeedback and the Evolution of Galaxies and Black Holes
Nov 14Heni Ben AmorASU-Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering (CIDSE)Jim BellMachine Learning for Robots on Earth and in Space
Nov 21Thanksgiving
Nov 28James LyonsASU-School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE)Peter BuseckComparing a Star to its Planets: A Story of Light Stable Isotopes in the Solar System

Supplementary Materials (Fall 2018)

Colloquium Talk Slides (PDF)Colloquium Questions AnsweredAdditional Information
Wagstaff (Tech Talk)Lyons

Spring 2018


SpeakerInstitutionHostTalk Title
Jan 10Iain StewartU. of Plymouth, UK, 2017-2018 Geological Society of America (GSA) James B. Thompson Distinguished International LecturerRamon ArrowsmithBetween a Rock and a Hard Place: Communicating Contested Geoscience to the Public
Jan 17John BradySmith CollegePeter BuseckSubduction Zone Pseudomorphs: Windows on High Pressure Grain Scale Processes
Jan 24Sanchayeeta BorthakurASU School of Earth and Space ExplorationPeter BuseckUnderstanding How Galaxies Reionized the Universe
Jan 31Ed BrownMichigan State UniversityPatrick YoungThe Densest Matter in the Observable Universe: Accreting Neutron Stars and the Physics of Dense Matter
Feb 7James HeadBrown UniversityLindy Elkins-TantonThe Climate History of Mars: A Geological Perspective
Feb 14Arif BabulUniversity of Victoria, CanadaEvan ScannapiecoGalaxy Clusters as Cosmological Probes?
Feb 21Bethany EhlmannCaltechMini WadhwaCeres, an Unexpectedly Active Dwarf Planet: Findings from the Dawn Mission
Feb 28Michael RussellNASA Jet Propulsion LaboratoryJack FarmerWhy Does Life Start, What Does It Do, Where Will It Be, And How Might We Find It
Mar 7Spring Break
Mar 14Daniela CalzettiUniversity of Massachusetts, AmherstPaul ScowenLinking the Scales of Star Formation
Mar 21Cameron SmithPortland State UniversityDanny JacobsHuman Exploration Technologies for the Second Space Age: Private Development of Space Suits for Earth Orbit and Beyond
Mar 28Susannah DorfmanMichigan State U., 2017-2018 Consortium for Materials Properties Research in Earth Sciences (COMPRES) Distinguished LecturerThomas SharpThe Mineral Physics Test Kitchen: Recipes for Earth's Mantle and Core
Apr 4Kiri WagstaffJet Propulsion Laboratory Machine Learning & Instrument AutonomyCraig HardgroveTell Me Why: Interpretable Machine Learning for Space Exploration and Beyond (talk given Oct 31, 2018)
Apr 11Morgan BurksLawrence Livermore National LaboratoryScott SmasMercury, 16 Psyche, Mars, and Titan: Exploring the Solar System with Gamma Rays
Apr 18George CooperNASA Ames Research CenterSandra PizarelloThe Analysis of Carbonaceous Meteorites: Unusual Mirror-Image Properties Of Organic Compounds From The Early Solar System
Apr 25Mark PanningNASA Jet Propulsion LaboratoryDan ShimExtraterrestrial Seismology: What We Can Learn on Mars and Icy Ocean Worlds

Supplementary Materials (Spring 2018)

Colloquium Talk Slides (PDF)Colloquium Questions AnsweredAdditional Information
 Brown Borthakur
 Smith  Brown
 Wagstaff Babul
 Wagstaff (Tech Talk) Ehlmann

Fall 2017

DateSpeakerInstitutionHostTalk Title
Aug 23Pierre HerkesASU School of Molecular Sciences & School of Earth and Space ExplorationPeter BuseckClouds and Fogs in the Earth System
Aug 30Carmala GarzioneUniversity of RochesterKelin WhippleThe Tectonic Evolution of the Central Andean Plateau and Geodynamic Implications for the Growth of Plateaus
Sept 6Rene OngUniversity of California-Los AngelesPhil Mauskopf, Nat ButlerVery High-Energy Astrophysics and the Cherenkov Telescope Array
Sept 13Elizabeth HajekPenn StateArjun HeimsathMeasuring Ancient Landscape Dynamics from Sedimentary Deposits
Sept 20Umaa RebbapragadaNASA Jet Propulsion LaboratoryNat ButlerUsing Machine Learning for Discovery on Earth, Mars and Beyond
Sept 27Lori GlazeNASA Goddard Space Flight CenterAlyssa RhodenVenus: The Forgotten, Mysterious Planet
Oct 4Jason WrightPenn StateSteve DeschArtifact SETI and the Puzzle of (Tabby) Boyajian's Star
Oct 11Terry FongNASA Intelligent Robotics GroupKip Hodges, Jim BellHuman-Robot Teaming for Space Exploration
Oct 18Victoria MeadowsUniversity of WashingtonEvgenya ShkolnikThe Habitability of Planets Orbiting M Dwarfs
Oct 25Hal LevisonSouthwest Research InstitutePhil ChristensenThe Formation of Planets from the Direct Accretion of Pebbles
Nov 1Abby KavnerUniversity of California-Los AngelesJim TyburczyThe Electrochemical Earth
Nov 8Joe SilkJohns Hopkins UniversityEvan ScannapiecoThe Limits of Cosmology
Nov 15Michael LineASU-School of Earth and Space ExplorationPaul ScowenCharacterizing the Diversity of Extrasolar Atmospheres: From Planets to Brown Dwarfs
Nov 22Thanksgiving
Nov 29William McKinnonWashington University-St. LouisEverett ShockPluto Explored! NASA’s Epic Voyage to the Edge of the Solar System

Supplementary Materials (Fall 2017)

Colloquium Talk Slides (PDF)Colloquium Questions AnsweredAdditional Information
 Garzione Garzione 
 Ong Ong
 Glaze Glaze
 Glaze (Tech Talk) Wright
 Wright Fong

Spring 2017

DateSpeakerInstitutionHostTalk Title
Jan 11Christopher LoxtonLoxton Cellars, Sonoma CountyMaitrayee BoseScience and the Art of Winemaking
Jan 18Eiichi EgamiSteward Observatory, University of ArizonaPhil MauskopfObserving the Distant Universe through Powerful Gravitational Lenses in Space
Jan 25Greg AsnerCarnegie Institution for Science and Stanford UniversityArjun HeimsathExploring and Managing Forests from Above
Feb 1David BlewittJohns Hopkins University Applied Physics LaboratoryMark RobinsonMESSENGER's View of Hollows on Mercury, and Links to the Planet's High Volatile Content
Feb 8David KohlstedtUniversity of MinnesotaPeter BuseckStress- and Reaction-Driven Melt Segregation – Formation of High-Permeability Paths in the Mantle
Feb 15Ken EdgettMalin Space Science SystemsSteve RuffA More Vast and Accessible Martian Sedimentary Rock Record
Feb 22Don BrownleeUniversity of WashingtonSandra PizzarelloWhat Samples of a Comet Tell Us About the Origin of the Solar System
Mar 1Shanan PetersUniversity of WisconsinEverett ShockEarth's Long-Term Biogeochemical Evolution: a View From the Upper Crust
Mar 7Spring Break
Mar 15Lindy Elkins-TantonASU School of Earth and Space ExplorationJim BellPsyche: Journey to a Metal World
Mar 22Lance GharaviASU School of Film, Dance & Theatre and SESE AffiliateEd GarneroScience, Art, Narrative
Mar 29Gregory TaylorUniversity of New MexicoJudd BowmanScience at Low Frequencies with the Long Wavelength Array
Apr 5Dorothy MerrittsFranklin and Marshall CollegeKelin WhippleFreeze-Dried, Rapidly Thawed Permafrost Landscapes, Breached Milldams, and their Relation to Modern Wetland-Stream Restoration, Eastern US
Apr 12Christy TillASU School of Earth and Space ExplorationStan WilliamsAre Yellowstone Eruptions Triggered in the Course of a Human Life?
Apr 19Dan CziczoMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyPtere BuseckHow Our Understanding of Climate and Precipitation is influenced by Uncertainties in Particle and Cloud Measurements

Supplementary Materials (Spring 2017)

Colloquium Talk Slides (PDF)Colloquium Questions AnsweredAdditional Information
 Loxton Loxton
 Kohlstedt Kohlstedt
 Edgett Edgett
 Edgett (Tech Talk)
 Brownlee Taylor
 Taylor (Tech Talk)

Fall 2016

DateSpeakerInstitutionHostTalk Title
Aug 24Heather ThroopASU School of Earth and Space Exploration and School of Life SciencesEnrique VivoniDeserts in a Changing World: Ecological Responses and Feedbacks to Climate Change
Aug 31Alberto ContiNorthrop GrummanChris GroppiNASA’s James Webb Space Telescope
Sept 7Tobias FischerUniversity of New MexicoStan WilliamsMassive Emissions of Carbon During Continental Rifting: Implications for the Carbon Cycle and Climate
Sept 14Danny JacobsASU School of Earth and Space ExplorationJudd BowmanNew Horizons in Experimental Astrophysics: Exoplanets and the Cosmic Dawn
Sept 21Vicky HamiltonSouthwest Research InstitutePhil ChristensenA New Approach to Characterizing Evidence of Parent Body Alteration in Carbonaceous Chondrite Meteorites
Sept 28Timothy GroveMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyLindy Elkins-TantonMelting Conditions, Melting Processes and Mantle Sources of Mercury’s Surface Lavas
Oct 5Christophe SotinNASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, CaltechJim Bell, Lindy Elkins-Tanton, Steve DeschTitan: an Organic World of Two Oceans
Oct 12Briony HorganPurdue UniversityJim BellMineral Signatures of Glacial Environments and Implications for Past Climates on Mars
Oct 19Stanley WilliamsASU School of Earth and Space ExplorationLynda WilliamsThe Importance of Being There: Why I Study Active Volcanoes
Oct 26Heather PetcovicWestern Michigan UniversitySteve SemkenThinking in the Field: How Experts and Novices Make a Geologic Map
Nov 2Robert StaehleNASA Jet Propulsion LaboratoryJekan ThangaWill Smallsats and CubeSats Revolutionize Solar System Exploration?
Nov 9Rocky KolbUniversity of ChicagoRogier WindhorstSchrödinger’s Alarming Phenomenon
Nov 16Maitrayee BoseASU School of Molecular SciencesStan WilliamsExploring Solar System History through Isotopic Analysis of Extraterrestrial Dust
Nov 23Thanksgiving   
Nov 30Elizabeth CantwellASU Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development, and School of Matter, Transport and EnergyLindy Elkins-TantonThe Future of Basic Research Focused on Humans in Space after Space Station is De-Orbited

Supplementary Materials (Fall 2016)

Colloquium Talk Slides (PDF)Colloquium Questions AnsweredAdditional Information
 Horgan   Jacobs 

Spring 2016

DateSpeakerInstitutionHostTalk Title
Jan 13Robert PappalardoNASA Jet Propulsion LaboratoryPhil ChristensenExploring Europa: A Potentially Habitable World
Jan 20Wallace BroeckerColumbia UniversityPeter BuseckGlobal Warming: A Geologic Analogue
Jan 27Andrea DonnellanNASA Jet Propulsion LaboratoryRamón ArrowsmithThe Past, Present and Future of Understanding Earthquakes using Space Observations
Feb 3Penelope KingAustralian National UniversityRick HervigGas–Solid Reactions in Earth and Planetary Systems
Feb 10David KringLunar and Planetary InstituteLindy Elkins-TantonTesting the Inner Solar System Impact Cataclysm
Feb 17Edwin KiteUniversity of ChicagoAlyssa RhodenPowering Cryo-Volcanoes on Icy Moons
Feb 24Alison CoilUniversity of California, San DiegoJames RhoadsUnconscious Bias: Data, Studies, and Next Steps
Mar 2Cathy OlkinSouthwest Research Institute BoulderJim BellOur New View of Pluto
Mar 9Spring Break   
Mar 16Alexandra NavrotskyUniversity of California, DavisJim TyburczyA Lifetime in Thermodynamics
Mar 23Klaus LacknerASU School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, and the Center for Negative Carbon EmissionsPeter BuseckBalancing the World's Carbon Budget
Mar 30Thure CerlingUniversity of UtahAriel AnbarHAIR: History of Animals using Isotope Records
Apr 6Mark QuigleyUniversity of MelbourneKelin WhippleThe 2010-2011 Canterbury Earthquake Sequence: From Paleoseismology to Policy
Apr 13Sayfe KiaeiASU School of Electrical, Energy, and Computer Engineering, and the Connection One Research Center Lindy Elkins-TantonChallenges in RF Integrated Circuits
Apr 20Stefi BaumUniversity of ManitobaSangeeta MalhotraThe Long Arc of Science
Apr 27Emily LevesqueUniversity of WashingtonSumner StarrfieldDiscovery of a Thorne-Zytkow Object Candidate in the Small Magellanic Cloud

Supplementary Materials (Spring 2016)

Colloquium Talk Slides (PDF)Colloquium Questions AnsweredAdditional Information
 Broecker   King   
 Navrotsky Kite
 Navrotsky (Tech Talk) Lackner
 Lackner Cerling
 Cerling Baum
 Cerling (Tech Talk)