New Discoveries Lecture Series

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About the Series

The SESE New Discoveries Lecture Series is designed to bring the exciting scientific work of SESE to the general public in a series of informative and up-to-date evening lectures. Each will be given by a member of the SESE faculty.

Lectures begin at 7:30 p.m. MST and last about an hour. They are free and open to the public.

Cruising and Coring the Southern Ocean in Search of Past Climates

Dr. Hilairy Hartnett

October 3, 2019 | Register

About the Speaker:

Dr. Hilairy Hartnett has joint appointments at ASU in the School of Earth and Space Exploration and in the School of Molecular Sciences. She earned an A.B. degree in chemistry from Vassar College, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in oceanography from the University of Washington. After postdoctoral work at Rutgers University, she joined ASU in 2003. Her current research interests are in the areas of 1) Biogeochemistry, specifically how geochemical, microbial, and anthropogenic processes affect the dynamic linked elemental cycles in modern and paleo-environments, 2) Astrobiology and organic geochemistry, particularly how organic reactions are influenced by minerals under hydrothermal conditions and the implications for habitability, and 3) Urban ecology and Anthropocene science.

About the Lecture:

In November 2018, Dr. Hartnett joined a research cruise to take core samples from the Southern Indian Ocean floor. At this lecture, she will give listeners a look at life aboard a research ship exploring the Indian Ocean, how cores are collected from the ocean depths, and what they can tell us about the history and future of Earth’s climate.

Where to go

The Marston Exploration Theater is located on the first floor of ASU's Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building IV (ISTB 4), the home of the School of Earth and Space Exploration. ISTB 4 (map) is located near the intersection of Rural and Terrace Road in Tempe on the east side of campus. This seven-story structure is ASU’s largest research facility and is accessible on foot via Orange Street and McAllister Ave. If arriving by Light Rail, exit at the University and Rural Road stop.


Parking is available inside the Rural Road parking structure just east of ISTB 4. From the parking structure, walk west and enter ISTB 4 through the glass doors on the north side of the building. Please note that a parking fee is charged upon exit. There is additional pay parking directly south of ISTB 4 available for $2 / hour. There is an automated payment registration kiosk on the parking lot's west side (the corner near the building).

When to arrive

RSVP links will be provided to register and reserve your seat for each event.  Attendees should arrive no later than 7:15 p.m. to gain entry into the theater. No-show seats will be released on a first come/first serve basis.  


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