A listing of our past lecture series events.

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December 14, 2006

PubTalk 12/2006 - Mojave

Title: The Mojave National Preserve: Geology and Water Shape Desert Plant Communities 

  • One of the largest units in the National Park System, the Mojave National Preserve was established in 1994
  • The Preserve encompasses great sand dunes (including "singing sands"), young volcanic features, forests of Joshua trees, and fields of
2019 July Public Lecture flyer
July 2, 2019

2019 July Public Lecture Flyer

2019 July Public Lecture Flyer

Taking the Pulse of our Planet: A 10-year status report from the USA National Phenology Network

By Jake Weltzin, Executive Director of the USA National Phenology Network

  • Plants and animals in your backyard are sensitive indicators of climate variation and change
Image of 2 scientists watching a fire from far away
June 13, 2019

USGS June Public Lecture Flyer

2019 June Public Lecture Flyer

USGS Fire Science: Understanding why wildlands burn and what can be done about it 

By Paul Steblein, USGS Wildland Fire Science Coordinator

  • Wildfires are expensive, dangerous, and have massive impacts on people and ecosystems, yet ecosystems evolve with wildland fire.
  • USGS fire scientists
Speaker Kristin Byrd showing presentation slide.
May 2, 2019

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April 18, 2019

PubTalk 04/2019 - California's Ecosystems

Title: The Story of California's Changing Ecosystems: As observed from space

  • How can we use images from space to help us understand changes to our coasts, rangelands, forests and wildlife habitats?
  • How can they help to predict future changes?
  • What more can we learn from advances in earth observing technologies?
Google Earth image showing the Rodgers Creek Fault area.
April 30, 2019

2019 May Public Lecture Flyer

2019 May Public Lecture Flyer

New Mapping of the Rodgers Creek Fault: It's longer and more complex than we thought

By Suzanne Hecker, USGS Geologist

  • Remote sensing technology reveals surface traces of the fault covered by trees and buildings.
  • Greater fault length and linkages to neighboring faults make larger earthquakes
March 28, 2019

PubTalk 3/2019 - Land Subsidence

Title: Land Subsidence: The Lowdown on the Draw-down

The link between groundwater use and sinking landscapes

  • What is land subsidence, where does it happen, and why does it matter?
  • How do weather and land use affect land subsidence in California?
  • Why are we optimistic about the future of land subsidence in California?
April 28, 2011

PubTalk 4/2011 - Predictable Earthquakes

Title: Predictable Earthquakes - updating earthquake prediction - fact vs. fiction 

  • Although scientists were optimistic about earthquake prediction in the 1970s, reliable short-term prediction has remained an elusive goal
  • What have seismologists learned from recent earthquakes in Haiti, Chile, and Japan? 
  • Great strides have
November 29, 2018

PubTalk 11/2018 - California Birds

Title: The Least Bell's Vireo - A flagship species for riparian ecosystem conservation

The Least Bell's Vireo (Vireo bellii pusillus) is a songbird that is endangered in California:

  • What type of research is the USGS doing to help understand the threats these and other birds face?
  • How has our research during the last 30 years
October 25, 2018

PubTalk 10/2018 — Post-fire debris flow early warning

Title: Post-Fire Debris-Flow Early Warning: The case for forecast-based warning systems

  • Post-fire debris flows can initiate after only a few minutes of intense rain, and during the first storm following wildfire.
  • Early warning systems must provide sufficient time to make informed decisions and take reasonable preventative action.
  • If you're
September 27, 2018

PubTalk 9/2018 - Hayward Earthquake

Title: The 150th Anniversary of the Damaging 1868 Hayward Earthquake: Why It Matters and How We Can Prepare for Its Repeat

  • The Hayward Fault in the heart of the Bay Area is one of the most urbanized faults in the US.
  • Studies of the fault reveal that it has produced 12 large earthquakes in the past 2000 years spaced 100-220 years apart.
  • There
August 30, 2018

PubTalk 8/2018 — What on Earth is going on at Kilauea Volcano?

Title: What on Earth is going on at Kilauea Volcano?

  • First significant summit explosions in nearly a century
  • Largest summit collapse volume since at least 1800
  • Voluminous fissure eruptions feeding channelized lava flow
  • Unparalleled new opportunities for understanding the volcanic system