Public Lecture Series


A listing of our lecture series videos and flyers.

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October 27, 2011

PubTalk 10/2011 — Migratory Connectivity in a Changing Climate

by Susan Haig, Wildlife Ecologist


  • Scientists are studying global migratory animal movements throughout their annual cycles to improve conservation efforts
  • Changing climate conditions have accentuated this need, as species movements and their ranges are fluctuating every year
  • Technology being used to study the
September 22, 2011

PubTalk 9/2011 — Tracking the Nation's Groundwater Reserves

--issues facing current and future water supplies

by William Alley, USGS Office of Groundwater


  • Ground water is among the Nation's most important natural resources, providing half of our drinking water as well as being essential to agriculture and industry, and the health of ecosystems throughout the country
August 25, 2011

PubTalk 8/2011 — Through the Lens of Time

Repeat Photography in an Era of Global Change

by Robert Webb, Hydrologist

  • Repeat photography remains an essential and cost-effective technique for scientists and researchers working to track and study changing environmental conditions
  • Scientists worldwide are exploring methods to apply this technique in various
July 28, 2011

PubTalk 7/2011 — How is San Francisco Bay Doing?

discoveries from 4 decades of studies

by Jim Cloern, Senior Research Biologist


  • San Francisco Bay is in a continual state of change.
  • Drivers of change include:
    • residiual effects of the Gold Mining era
    • the 1972 Clean Water Act
    • urbanization of the landscape
    • transoceanic shipping
June 30, 2011

PubTalk 6/2011 — Exploring California's Amazing Seafloor

--the visionary California Seafloor Mapping Program

by Sam Johnson, USGS Pacific Coastal & Marine Science Center 


May 26, 2011

PubTalk 5/2011 — The Future of Rare Earth Elements

--Will these high-tech industry elements continue in short supply?

by Keith Long, USGS Mineral Resource Analyst


  • Rare earth elements provide critical material for flat-panel display screens, cell phones, electric cars, windmills, etc.
  • Although relatively abundant in nature, deposits of rare earth elements that
April 28, 2011

PubTalk 4/2011 — "Predictable Earthquakes"

--updating earthquake prediction--fact vs. fiction

by Susan Hough, USGS Seismologist 


  • 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?
March 31, 2011

PubTalk 3/2011 — Unraveling the Mystery of Avian Navigation

New research indicates that birds are listening to the landscape to find their way

By Jon Hagstrum, Research Geophysicist

  • For nearly 40 years, biologists have been unable to agree on how birds find their way over great distances during homing or migrational flights
  • Do birds use their olfactory senses, the Earth's
February 24, 2011

PubTalk 2/2011 — Is Our Coast in Jeopardy?

-predicting the impact of extreme storms on the California Coast

By Patrick Barnard, USGS Pacific Coastal & Marine Science Center


  • Extreme storms are expected to become more frequent and intense as a result of climate change
  • The USGS has developed the Coastal Storm Modeling System (CoSMoS) for predicting
January 27, 2011

PubTalk 1/2011 — Capture and Geologic Sequestration of Carbon Dioxide

Is Sequestration Necessary? Can We Do It at an Acceptable Total Cost?

By Yousif Kharaka, USGS National Research Program


  • Combustion of fossil fuels currently releases approximately 30 billion tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) to the atmosphere annually
  • Increased anthropogenic emissions have dramatically raised
December 9, 2010

PubTalk 12/2010 — Forecasting Volcanic Eruptions in Alaska

-- the contrasting stories of two recent spectacular eruptions

by Stephanie Prejean, USGS Alaska Volcano Observatory


  • Alaskan volcanoes erupt frequently and violently. However each eruption is preceded by a unique set of geophysical precursors.
  • Eruptions of Redoubt and Kasatochi volcanoes highlight the
Attribution: Region 11: Alaska
November 18, 2010

PubTalk 11/2010 — Silicon, Software, and Science

Monitoring the Earth's Landscape with Low-Cost High-Tech

by Rian Bogle, Remote Sensing Specialist


  • The USGS is one of the world's largest providers of remote sensing data, employing the best tools and techniques to expand our knowledge of the Earth.
  • Working with low-cost field and aerial imaging technologies,