Public Lecture Series


A listing of our lecture series videos and flyers.

Filter Total Items: 195
October 30, 2008

PubTalk 10/2008 — Prehistoric Packrat Piles

Archives of Climate Change

by Kenneth Cole, USGS Research Ecologist


  • Piles of ancient vegetation hoarded by packrats are providing clues to past events of rapid climate warming -- similar to those expected for the 21st century
  • Preserved material shows the effects of three sudden warming events that occurred over
September 25, 2008

PubTalk 9/2008 — Ready for the Next Big Bay Area Earthquake?

The 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake was not the Bay Area's "Big One" but a repeat of the destructive 1868 Hayward earthquake may qualify!

by Tom Brocher, USGS Seismologist


  • The next large Hayward Fault earthquake will effect the entire San Francisco Bay Area - Are You Prepared?
  • The Hayward Fault is the most
August 28, 2008

PubTalk 8/2008 — How the Earth Copes with Our LUSTs

The amazing capabilities of subsurface life

by Barbara Bekins, USGS Research Hydrologist


LUST= Leaking Underground Storge Tank

  • By some estimates, the total carbon in subsurface bacteria is nearly as large as the carbon in all surface plants
  • Underground microorganisms are capable of biodegrading an array
July 24, 2008

PubTalk 7/2008 — A Moroccan Adventure

Searching for a blue-eyed turtle in the Sahara Desert

by USGS Herpetologist Jeffrey Lovich and visiting Cadi Ayyad University (Marrakech) Professor Mohammed Znari


  • See several ecoregions of central Morocco in a picturesque 1,000 mile journey
  • Take a virtual tour from the Atlantic coast through High Atlas
June 26, 2008

PubTalk 6/2008 — Cleanup on Aisle 9

The Long Lasting Legacy of Nuclear Waste

Dave Stonestrom, USGS Research Hydrologist


  • Radioactive wastes:
    • Where do they come from?
    • How do we get rid of them?
  • Once buried, do the wastes stay put?
  • What are the risks of off-site migration?
  • How does basic research inform
May 22, 2008

PubTalk 5/2008 — Global Warming

Western Style

Michael Dettinger, USGS Research Hydrologist


  • Increasing atmospheric greenhouse gases are linked to a rise in global temperture of almost 1.5° F
  • Is climate change already affecting Western lands and waters?
  • What changes predicted by climate models are still to come -- when will they be
April 24, 2008

PubTalk 4/2008 — The Hayward Fault in Google Earth

Visualizing Past, Present, and Future Earthquakes

USGS scientists David Schwartz, Heather Lackey, Luke Blair, and Scott Haefner take you on a virtual tour of the Bay Area's most urbanized fault


  • Explore the destructive 1868 Hayward earthquake and today's earthquake hazards using Google Earth
  • Nearly 2.4 million
March 27, 2008

PubTalk 3/2008 — Wetland Revival

Restoring San Francisco Bay Salt Ponds to Wetlands Habitat

A video production introduced and discussed by Steven E. Schwarzbach, Director, USGS Western Ecological Research Center

Nearly 15,000 acres of salt ponds in the southern San Francisco bay were purchased in 2003 for restoration by a partnership of Federal, State, and nonprofit

February 28, 2008

PubTalk 2/2008 — Alaska's Rivers of Ice

USGS scientist Bruce Molnia, discusses the impact of changing climate and conditions on Earth's glaciers

By Bruce Molnia, Geologist

See excerpts from this full-length film feature showing:

  • How and where glaciers form
  • How scientists study glaciers and climate
  • The processes of glacial erosion and
January 31, 2008

PubTalk 1/2008 — The Indonesian Mud Crisis

Long-lived mud "eruption" inundates housing and infrastructure

By Thomas J. Casadevall, Geologist

In May, 2006 hot, dark mud appeared from a fissure covering more than 10 square kilometers, displacing more than 30,000 people. The ongoing mud extrusion has also damaged or broken important transportation and communication infrastructure,

December 13, 2007

PubTalk 12/2007 — Exploring Antarctica's Frozen Frontier

The USGS Antarctic Program from the 1957 International
Geophysical Year to the 2007 International Polar Year

By Jerry Mullins, Coordinator, USGS Antarctic, Arctic and Canadian Programs
and John Behrendt, USGS Geophysicist Emeritus



  • Learn about USGS surveying and mapping of "The Frozen Continent"
November 15, 2007

PubTalk 11/2007 — Disasters, Dust, .... and Danger?

Using geoscience to help understand whether health risks lurk in particles produced by disasters

By Geoff Plumlee, Research Geochemist 


  • Valley Fever outbreak following the 1994 Northridge, California earthquake
  • World Trace Center collapse
  • Hurricane Katrina flooding
  • 1996 Marinduque,