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Rice University, 6100 Main Street, MS 126
Houston, TX 77005 United States
713-348-4880 earthscience.rice.edu

October 2018

Corporate Seminar Series featuring Dr. Lisa R. Goggin – Chevron Energy Technology Company

October 3, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm CDT
Keith-Weiss Geological Laboratories – Room 100, Rice University, 6100 Main Street, MS 126
Houston, TX 77005 United States
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Dear DEEPS, As part of our weekly corporate seminar series we are proud to host Dr. Lisa R. Goggin, a senior staff research geologist, with Chevron Energy Technology Company on October 3rd, 2018 at 3 pm in KWGL 100. Please join us for a discussion on the conversion of physics-based numerical models to 3D seismic volumes, to explore the practical interpretative limits of seismic data and how interpretative methodology/ available data can yield varying results. Thanks for your interest! See…

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January 2019

Current Research in EEPS Seminar – Yuzhen Yan – Department of Geosciences, Princeton University

January 10 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm CST
Keith-Weiss Geological Laboratories – Room 100, Rice University, 6100 Main Street, MS 126
Houston, TX 77005 United States
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Current Research in EEPS Seminar - Yuzhen Yan - Department of Geosciences, Princeton University   Title: Allan Hills Blue Ice Areas as Archives of Early- to Mid-Pleistocene and Termination II Climate Abstract: In this talk I will present direct observations of carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations in ice cores drilled in Allan Hills Blue Ice Areas, East Antarctica. Based on the isotopic composition of argon (40Aratm) in the trapped air, ice as old as 2 million years (Ma) was discovered, with a…

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Radar ornithology and a vision for the future of migration research

January 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CST
Keith-Weiss Geological Laboratories – Room 100, Rice University, 6100 Main Street, MS 126
Houston, TX 77005 United States
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Joint Earth science and evolutionary biology seminar Radar ornithology and a vision for the future of migration research Andrew Farnsworth, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology Friday, Jan 11, 2019, 12-1 PM KWGL 100 Andrew Farnsworth is a Research Associate in the Information Science Program. Andrew began birding at age 5 and quickly developed his long-standing fascinations with bird migration. His current research efforts advance our use and application of rapidly expanding technologies available for studying bird movements at very small to…

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Current Research in EEPS Seminar – Dr. Jonathan Ajo-Franklin – Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

January 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CST
Keith-Weiss Geological Laboratories – Room 100, Rice University, 6100 Main Street, MS 126
Houston, TX 77005 United States
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Current Research in EEPS Seminar - Dr. Jonathan Ajo-Franklin - Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory   Title:  Exploring the Subsurface with Distributed Acoustic Sensing & Dark Fiber Abstract:  “Dark Fiber” refers to the large number of fiber optic lines installed for telecommunication purposes but not currently utilized. With the advent of distributed acoustic sensing (DAS), these unused fibers have the potential to become a seismic sensing network with unparalleled spatial extent and density with applications to monitoring both natural seismicity as…

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Current Research in EEPS Seminar – Miles Bodmer – Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oregon

January 24 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm CST
Keith-Weiss Geological Laboratories – Room 100, Rice University, 6100 Main Street, MS 126
Houston, TX 77005 United States
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Current Research in EEPS Seminar - Miles Bodmer - Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oregon   Title:   Seismic Imaging of Upper Mantle Heterogeneity in the Cascadia Subduction Zone: How asthenospheric anomalies beneath the incoming plate influence subduction dynamics.   Abstract:  Subduction zones are key locations in Earths tectonic system where oceanic plate is recycled, arc volcanism is generated, and active deformation and orogenesis occurs. However, investigation of these systems has been limited by the dearth of dense offshore data,…

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Current Research in EEPS Seminar – Bingjie Ouyang – Earth Sciences Department, Dartmouth College

January 29 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm CST
Keith-Weiss Geological Laboratories – Room 100, Rice University, 6100 Main Street, MS 126
Houston, TX 77005 United States
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Current Research in EEPS Seminar - Bingjie Ouyang - Earth Sciences Department, Dartmouth College   Title: Barium, Strontium, and Radium in Wastewater from Unconventional Oil & Gas Production – Distributions in Wastewater and Implications to Treatment   Abstract: Wastewater from high volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) is highly saline and often contains elevated concentrations of strontium (Sr), barium (Ba) and radium (Ra). These elements are considered major contaminants during unconventional oil and gas production and may significantly reduce production efficiency if precipitated…

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Current Research in EEPS Seminar – Gerard Salter – Department Earth Sciences, University of Minnesota

January 31 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm CST
Keith-Weiss Geological Laboratories – Room 100, Rice University, 6100 Main Street, MS 126
Houston, TX 77005 United States
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Current Research in EEPS Seminar - Gerard Salter - Department Earth Sciences, University of Minnesota   Dynamics of flux partitioning in delta bifurcations Bifurcations are the gatekeepers of delta networks, controlling the distribution of fluxes such as water, sediment, and nutrients to different parts of the delta. Deltas are home to an estimated 500 million people worldwide. They are naturally low-lying, making them vulnerable to relative sea-level rise. Understanding of how fluxes are partitioned among the branches of delta networks…

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April 2019

Current Research in EEPS Seminar: Dr. Taka’aki Taira – Berkley Seismological Laboratory

April 11 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm CDT
Keith-Weiss Geological Laboratories – Room 100, Rice University, 6100 Main Street, MS 126
Houston, TX 77005 United States
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Current Research in EEPS Seminar: Dr. Taka'aki Taira - Berkley Seismological Laboratory Monitoring reservoir response to earthquakes and fluid extraction, Salton Sea geothermal field, California Continuous monitoring of in situ reservoir responses to stress transients provides insights into the evolution of geothermal reservoirs. By exploiting the stress dependence of seismic velocity changes, we investigate the tem- poral evolution of the reservoir stress state of the Salton Sea geothermal field (SSGF), California. We find that the SSGF experienced a number of…

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September 2019

Current Research in EEPS Seminar: Dr. Donna Shillington – Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

September 26 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm CDT
Keith-Weiss Geological Laboratories – Room 100, Rice University, 6100 Main Street, MS 126
Houston, TX 77005 United States
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Current Research in EEPS Seminar: Dr. Donna Shillington - Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Diet affects behavior: how ingested fluids and sediments influence Alaska subduction zone earthquakes Subduction zones worldwide exhibit remarkable variations in seismic activity and slip behavior along strike and down dip, and many factors have been invoked to explain this variability. The subduction zone off the Alaska Peninsula exhibits pronounced changes in earthquake behavior over relatively small along-strike distances, making it an excellent place to examine controls on seismogenesis.…

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October 2019

Current Research in EEPS Seminar: Dr. Lijun Liu – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

October 3 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm CDT
Keith-Weiss Geological Laboratories – Room 100, Rice University, 6100 Main Street, MS 126
Houston, TX 77005 United States
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Current Research in EEPS Seminar: Dr. Lijun Liu - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Dynamic evolution of continental lithosphere - Insight from data-oriented geodynamic modeling Continents are long-lived tectonic units at Earth’s surface. The general wisdom is that continental lithosphere is buoyant and strong and thus could have survived the underlying mantle dynamics over the geological history. However, increasing number of studies suggest that this is not the case and that continental lithosphere has likely been evolving since its formation.…

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Current Research in EEPS Seminar: Dr. Bronwen Konecky – Washington University, St. Louis

October 31 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm CDT
Keith-Weiss Geological Laboratories – Room 100, Rice University, 6100 Main Street, MS 126
Houston, TX 77005 United States
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Current Research in EEPS Seminar: Dr. Bronwen Konecky - Washington University, St. Louis Decoding rainfall variability in the Earth’s tropical land areas from the distant past to today Tropical rainfall variability has cascading impacts on global climate. Yet the complex water cycle underpinning tropical rainfall variability, especially over land, is poorly understood. The fate of rainfall on land depends on thermal and evaporative conditions in distant oceans where moisture originates, and on the complex mixing, condensation, and re-evaporation it undergoes…

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November 2019

Current Research in EEPS Seminar: Dr. Tim Goudge – University of Texas at Austin

November 14 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm CST
Keith-Weiss Geological Laboratories – Room 100, Rice University, 6100 Main Street, MS 126
Houston, TX 77005 United States
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Current Research in EEPS Seminar: Dr. Tim Goudge - University of Texas at Austin Characterizing the Incision of Ancient Lake Outlet Canyons on Mars Some of the best geologic evidence for liquid water on the ancient surface of Mars is a record of paleolake basins. More than 200 of these basins have an outlet canyon that drained the lake, which requires a transition from an originally enclosed topographic basin (typically defined by an impact crater) to an open lake hydrologically…

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For outside visitors, the best way to get to our department is to come in on Rice Blvd and turn into entrance 20 (intersection of Rice and Kent St.). At the stop sign, you will see a visitor parking lot.  From there, walk east to the department.  The google map below shows exactly where our building is.