Public Lecture Series


The USGS Evening Public Lecture Series events are free and are intended for a general public audience that may not be familiar with the science being discussed. Our speakers are encouraged to thoroughly explain the subject matter being presented, and to define any words or terms that may be unfamiliar to those not having a background or familiarity with the material being presented.

November 21, 2019 - 7:00 PM (PST)

November 21, 2019 - 7:00 PM (PST)

Sea-Level Rise, Extreme Water Levels, and Coastal Erosion ... How bad could it possibly be?

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October 10, 2019

October 10, 2019

Remembering the Loma Prieta Earthquake 30 Years Later: Looking back to see how far we've come 

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  • December - No lecture this month. 


Upcoming dates for 2020

  • January 23rd - Justin Hagerty, USGS Astrogeology Science Center
  • February 27th - TBD
  • March 26th - Sara McBride, USGS Earthquake Science Center, "Social Science and Natural Disasters"


Lectures are held at the USGS Menlo Park Campus in Building 3, 2nd floor Rambo Auditorium, Menlo Park, California. Visit our Locations page for the campus map and directions.

Monthly lectures are usually scheduled for the last Thursday evening of each month during most of the year but are occasionally presented on the preceding Thursday evening to accommodate our speakers. Also, the November and December lectures are scheduled earlier in the month to avoid conflicting with speaker and customer plans during the holiday season.


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