Geology Department Events

Kevin Uno, Associate  Professor in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University, will give a talk on Tuesday, April 16 at 7:00 pm in Paino Hall 
Climate Control: How we broke the Earth's thermostat and what to do next
Kevin Uno, Harvard University Department of Human Evolutionary Biology

Five College Geology Distinguished Lecture Series Presents

Five College Geology Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium

Five College Geology Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium - Thursday, April 25
Amherst College, Beneski Museum of Natural History 
Poster Setup: 4:30 PM
Poster Session: 5:00 PM
Pizza Dinner: 6:00 PM


The Five College Geology Faculty Symposium - Thursday, November 16 
Smith College, McConnell Hall
Pizza starting at 6:00 pm in the foyer; talks start at 7:00 in McConnell 103  

PLEASE sign up on the google sheet if you plan to attend!  

Dave Jones will drive a Geology van to the event, leaving at 5:30 PM  meet at the ground level in Beneski



Speaker:  Ali Mirza, Center for Humanistic Inquiry Fellow and Visiting Lecturer in History

Edward Hitchcock’s Ichnology in Reflection: Comparing Collections, Fossil Extractions, and the Formation of a New Discipline

Date: Monday, November 13
Time: 4:00-5:00 PM
Location: Beneski Building, Room 107

Sponsored by the Geology Department, History Department and Center for Humanistic Inquiry


Dr. Joanmarie Del Vecchio, Postdoctoral fellow, Neukom Institute for Computational Science Department of Earth Science, Dartmouth College

The Arctic, vast and largely inaccessible, is now imaged by satellites at least once a day, allowing us to learn new things about permafrost landscape dynamics. I use new datasets and computational tools to learn about permafrost landscapes at levels of detail that had been limited to well-studied landscapes in lower latitudes, where most geomorphic laws have been formulated and tested…until now. And not a moment too soon - amplified warming of Arctic landscapes threatens their stored carbon and thus global greenhouse gas emissions goals. Coding skills and big datasets will unlock new kinds of science methods and discoveries about how our Earth works - and I'd love to show you a few examples! This event is free and open to everyone.

Date: Tuesday, November 7
Time: 10:00-11:20 AM
Location: Beneski Building, Room 100

Sponsored by Eastman Lectures Fund

Hosted by Geospatial Inquiry (ENST/GEOL 253)

Book Launch & Signing Event 


ELEMENTAL Book Launch and Signing – Beneski Museum: Stephen Porder will be in conversation with Nancy Pick about his new book Elemental: How Five Elements Changed the Earth’s Past and Will Shape Our Future (2023, Princeton University Press). Elemental explores how microbes, plants, and people used the fundamental building blocks of life to change our living planet, and how understanding our collective past can help us build a more sustainable future.

Porder is the Acacia Professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology, and in the Institute for Environment and Society, as well as the Associate Provost for Sustainability at Brown University. His research is focused on the interdisciplinary investigation of terrestrial ecosystems, combining ecology, biogeochemistry, and geology. As Associate Provost he leads the charge to eliminate fossil-fuel combustion from campus and to integrate this and other sustainability goals into the research, teaching, and lived experience at Brown. Dr. Porder received his BA in History from Amherst College in 1994, his MS in Geology from The University of Montana in 1997, and his Ph.D. in Biology from Stanford University in 2005. Nancy Pick is a 1983 graduate of Amherst College. Among other contributions, she is the author of Curious Footprints: Professor Hitchcock’s Dinosaur Tracks & Other Natural History Treasures at Amherst College (2006, Amherst College Press) and Eye Mind Heart: A View of  Amherst College at 200 (2020, Amherst College Press). The event is free and open to everyone. 

Date: Thursday, September 29
Time: 4:00 PM
Location: Beneski Museum of Natural History

3rd Annual Camping Trip


Saturday, September 30-Sunday, October 1 to Savoy Mountain State Forest.

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