Institute of Applied Geoscience (IAG)

Geoscience Seminars Archive

We have an exciting programme of seminars throughout the year. Listed below are the events that we have enjoyed so far this year.

Upcoming Earth and Environment seminars
Monday 2nd July 2018 15:00 to 16:00

Mineral self-assembly in the Early Earth and its role in prebiotic chemistry

Presenter: Dr Juan Manuel Garcia Ruiz, Universidad De Granada
Location: SEE Seminar Room, 8.119b

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Wednesday 20th June 2018 00:00 to 00:00

Geoscience Seminar - Tradeoffs between ecosystem organic and inorganic carbon storage and groundwater recharge with land-use changes

Presenter: John Kim, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry Jena
Location: 11.120

Water and carbon ecosystem services are tightly linked through vegetation activity. In this talk, I will first present a brief overview of the trade-offs between organic carbon storage and water...

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Monday 18th June 2018 12:00 to 13:00

Blasting challenges and the mine of the future

Presenter: Ewan Sellers, CSIRO
Location: SEE Seminar Rooms, 8.119

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Monday 18th June 2018 12:00 to 13:00

Leeds Quaternary Seminar

Presenter: Duncan Quincey (Leeds Geography)

EverDrill: Accessing the interior and bed of a Himalayan debris-covered glacier

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Friday 8th June 2018 15:00 to 16:00

Unity in diversity: functional insights into the ancient partnerships between plants and fungi

Presenter: Katie J. Field, Centre for Plant Sciences, School of Biology, University of Leeds
Location: 10.125, School of Earth & Environment

The colonisation of Earth’s continental land masses by plants >475 Ma marked a turning point in the development of the terrestrial biosphere, with widespread consequences for the future...

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Friday 8th June 2018 12:00 to 13:00

Modelling sulfur isotopic compositions in natural marine sediments

Presenter: Man-Yin Tsang , University of Toronto
Location: Meeting Room 10.125

The difference in the sulfur isotopic ratios (34S/32S) between (a) dissolved sulfate in seawater and (b) mineral sulfides in marine sediments is produced by microbially-mediated reactions....

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Monday 4th June 2018 11:00 to 12:00

Geoscience Seminar - Mining-induced seismic risk management in hardrock mines

Presenter: Dr Johan Wesseloo, Australian Centre for Geomechanics
Location: SEE Seminar Room 1 (8.119b)

Mining Induced seismicity shares similarities with crustal seismicity and other types of induced seismicity which allows for some knowledge transfer.  However, the mechanisms of inducing...

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Friday 1st June 2018 15:00 to 16:00

Geoscience Seminar - Cancelled

Presenter: Jessica Davis, Lancaster University
Location: SEE Seminar Rooms 1&2, 8.119

Abstract to follow

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Friday 25th May 2018 15:00 to 16:00

Geoscience Seminar (SWITCHED TO AN IGT SEMINAR 10/05/2018)

Presenter: Chris Jackson, Imperial College London
Location: SEE Seminar Rooms 1&2, 8.119

Abstract to follow

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Wednesday 23rd May 2018 18:00 to 19:00
The Green Public Lecture 2018: <em><strong>“What’s under a volcano… and how do we know?”</strong></em>

The Green Public Lecture 2018: “What’s under a volcano… and how do we know?”

Presenter: Prof. Katherine Cashman FRS, University of Bristol
Location: Michael Sadler Building

The University of Leeds Green Lecture is an annual public lecture given by a world-leading researcher in the field of Earth science. It is...

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Friday 18th May 2018 15:00 to 16:00

Geoscience Seminar (CANCELLED)

Presenter: Chris Darvill, The University of Manchester
Location: SEE Seminar Rooms 1&2, 8.119

Abstract to follow

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Friday 11th May 2018 15:00 to 16:00

Geoscience Seminar - "Behind the Scenes at Time Team: 20 years of Archaeological Geophysics on Television"

Presenter: Dr John Gater, SUMO Geophysics
Location: SEE Seminar Rooms 1&2, 8.119

Dr John Gater is the Director of Archaeology for SUMO Services, from 1993 he was part of Channel...

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Thursday 10th May 2018 14:00 to 15:00
IGT Seminar - Chris Jackson (Imperial) Expedition Volcano

IGT Seminar - Chris Jackson (Imperial) Expedition Volcano

Presenter: Chris Jackson, Imperial College
Location: RS LT 16

Prof. Chris Jackson will give an outline of his expedition to Nyiragongo volcano in the Democratic Republic of Congo for the BBC series Expedition Volcano - [more...]

Friday 4th May 2018 15:00 to 16:00

The role of soil health in climate-smart agricultural systems

Presenter: Marcelo Valadares Galdos, University of Leeds
Location: SEE Seminar Rooms 1&2, 8.119

In the context of the pressing issues of climate change, land degradation, and the increasing global demand for food, fuel and fiber, identifying and designing sustainable agricultural production...

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Friday 27th April 2018 15:00 to 16:00

Body-size reductions during mass extinction: local environmental fluctuations or global evolutionary perturbations?

Presenter: Kenneth De Baets, Geozentrum Nordbayern
Location: SEE Seminar Rooms 1&2, 8.119

Body size, being well accessible in fossils, has been a research focus for generations of paleontologists. Most studies focus on either long-term evolutionary trends within or across lineages or...

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Friday 20th April 2018 15:00 to 16:00

Ironing out glacier nutrient cycling

Presenter: Jon Hawkings, University of Bristol
Location: 10.125, School of Earth & Environment

Iron (Fe) is the major limiting nutrient in around one third of the oceanic euphotic zone, most significantly in the Southern Ocean proximal to Antarctica. In these areas, the availability of...

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Friday 16th March 2018 15:00 to 16:00

Geoscience Seminar - The hard parts of the Cambrian Explosion – fossils, molecules and the ‘biomineralization toolkit’

Presenter: Duncan Murdock, Oxford University, Museum of Natural History
Location: SEE Seminar Rooms 1&2, 8.119

The Cambrian Explosion was the most dramatic event in the history of animal life on Earth, yet the processes underlying it are poorly understood not least the role of biomineralization in driving...

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Wednesday 7th March 2018 16:00 to 17:00
Geoscience Seminar - Preliminary Design and Risk Management of Tunnels under Geotechnical Uncertainty

Geoscience Seminar - Preliminary Design and Risk Management of Tunnels under Geotechnical Uncertainty

Presenter: Spyridon Konstantis , Ruler Consult
Location: SEE Seminar Rooms 1&2, 8.119

Tunnels and underground works present a high level of risk, primarily attributed to the inherent uncertainties of the surrounding ground and the unforeseen conditions (and unforeseeable unknowns?)...

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Friday 16th February 2018 15:00 to 16:00

Geoscience Seminar - Structural controls on the formation of Irish Zn-Pb ore deposits: 3D insights into faulty fluid flow!

Presenter: John Walsh, University College Dublin
Location: SEE Seminar Rooms 1&2, 8.119

3D analysis and modelling of Irish Zn-Pb deposits provides an excellent basis for investigating fundamental structural controls on the origin and nature of mineral deposits. Irish-type deposits...

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Friday 9th February 2018 15:00 to 16:00

Geoscience Seminar - The Worms That Turned: How Burrowing Creatures Changed the World

Presenter: Liam Herringshaw, University of Hull
Location: SEE Seminar Rooms 1&2, 8.119

“When we behold a wide, mud-covered expanse, we should remember that its mixedness, on which so much of its ecology depends, is mainly due to all the inequalities having been slowly levelled...

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Friday 2nd February 2018 15:00 to 16:00

Geoscience Seminar - THE CENTRAL ATLANTIC MAGMATIC PROVINCE AND THE END-TRIASSIC MASS EXTINCTION

Presenter: Andrea Marzoli, University of Padova
Location: 10.125, School of Earth & Environment

The Censtral Atlantic Magmatic Province (CAMP) is a large igneous province that emplaced over 10 million square km in central Pangea before its break-up. Radioisotopic ages, biostratigraphic and...

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Friday 2nd February 2018 10:00 to 11:00
Geoscience Seminar - Landslide geohazard for pipeline of Natural Gas Transport. Experiences from TAP pipeline along Greek and Albanian territory

Geoscience Seminar - Landslide geohazard for pipeline of Natural Gas Transport. Experiences from TAP pipeline along Greek and Albanian territory

Presenter: Vasilis Marinos, , Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Location: SEE Seminar Rooms 1&2, 8.119

Landslides represent a significant hazard for pipelines because they can generate permanent ground displacement and tend to result in complete failure or significant leaks, major environmental...

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Friday 26th January 2018 15:00 to 16:00

Flooding, coastal erosion, and shelf fans along the Santa Barbara Channel, Southern California

Presenter: Alex Simms , UC Santa Barbara
Location: SEE Seminar Rooms 1&2, 8.119

In recent weeks, flash flooding has brought deadly debris flows to the small mountain-side communities near the city of Santa Barbara, California.  These events provide a sober reminder that...

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