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July 25, 2019

PubTalk 07/2019 — Taking the Pulse of Our Planet

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

  • Plants and animals in your backyard are sensitive indicators of climate variation and change
  • Understanding and predicting plant and animal seasonal activity, a science called phenology, helps humans adapt to a changing world
  • Learn about a
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
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June 27, 2019

PubTalk 06/2019 — USGS Fire Science

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

  • Wildfires are expensive, dangerous, and have massive impacts on people and ecosystems, yet ecosystems evolved with wildland fire. 
  • USGS fire scientists help understand what factors affect wildland fire occurrence, intensity, spread, and effects. 
  • What can
Image of 2 scientists watching a fire from far away
June 13, 2019

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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
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May 30, 2019

PubTalk 5/2019 - Rodgers Creek Fault

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

  • 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 possible. 
  • Fault complexity has implications for hazards from ground shaking
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
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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