USGS Evening Public Lecture Series
Current Season - 2017 Video Archive
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Unusual Sources of Tsunamis - From Krakatoa to Monterey Bay
by Eric Geist, USGS Research Geophysicist
- Not all tsunamis are generated by earthquakes
- Tsunamis can be caused by volcanoes, landslides, and even atmospheric disturbances
- Data from tide gauges can help unravel the complex physics of these sources
Geology Up-Close: Big answers from small scale observations
by Leslie Hayden-USGS Geologist, Diane Moore-USGS Geologist, Kathryn Watts-USGS Research Geologist, Marjorie Schulz-USGS Research Hydrologist, and Laura Stern-USGS Research Geophysicist
- How does a scanning electron microscope (SEM) work?
- What does USGS study with the SEM? Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Mineral and energy resources, Soil and aquifer processes
Brown Bears, Sea Otters, and Seals, Oh My!: Unexpected interactions on the Katmai Coast
by Grant Hilderbrand, Chief of the Marine Ecosystems Office
- Highlights of ongoing research on brown bears on the coast of the Katmai National Park
- Observations from video collars deployed on brown bears
- Implications for population health and species adaptability
Potential Corrosivity of Untreated Groundwater in the United States
by Kenneth Belitz, Chief, Groundwater Assessment, National Water-Quality Assessment Project
- Corrosive groundwater, if untreated, can dissolve lead and other metals from pipes
- National maps have been prepared to identify the occurrence of potentially corrosive groundwater in the U.S.
- These findings have the greatest implication for the 44 million people dependent on domestic wells for drinking water.
Underwater Secrets of the Hayward Fault Zone: Integrated 3D imaging to understand earthquake hazards
by Janet Watt, USGS Research Geophysicist
- Underwater imaging provides a unique opportunity to study urban fault hazards.
- How do we link surface structures to depths where earthquakes occur?
- How does "acoustic trenching" help us understand earthquake history?
The Effects of Climate Change: A Scientific Pathway Forward
by Tom Suchanek, USGS (Scientist Emeritus) Western Ecological Research Center, and
UC Davis (Research Associate) Bodega Marine Lab and Dept. of Wildlife, Fish & Conservation Biology
- The frequency of extreme and unpredictable weather events is increasing.
- What are the effects of an increase or decrease in carbon emissions?
- What is scientific research projecting for the future of climate change?
Warm Ice - The Dynamics of Rapidly Changing Glaciers
by Bruce F. Molnia, USGS Physical Scientist
- Glacier Numerology -- The how big, how long, how thick, how much, how often, of glacier science.
- Glacier Photography -- While a picture may be worth a thousand words, a collection of images may tell a complete forensic story.
- Glacier Geophysics -- How new technologies are being introduced to reexamine and refine decades old glacier analyses.
Roving on Mars: Curiosity's exploration of Gale Crater
by Lauren Edgar, USGS Research Geologist
- Overview of the Mars Science Laboratory Mission
- Highlights from 5 years of exploring sedimentary environments
- Preview of next steps in Curiosity's climb up Aeolis Mons
What's in a species Name?: How wildlife management relies on modern systematics research and museum collections
by John B. French, Jr., Center Director USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
- What have museum collections taught us about invasive diseases?
- When is an endangered species not a species?
- How can birds in a museum help protect airline passengers?
- How do geology and biology govern what species we find on the Channel Islands?
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