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Geological Sciences Seminar: Liz Hajek, Penn State

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 12:00 PM
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Faculty/Staff, Students, Alumni/Friends
Department of Geological Science

Measuring landscape dynamics from sedimentary deposits

Assessing environmental sensitivity and resilience of Earth’s surface environments requires understanding how different landscapes responded to climate and land-cover change in the past. The sedimentary record of river dynamics provides valuable insight into how channels and floodplains adjust to different environmental forcings. New approaches to observing fluvial sedimentary outcrops improve qualitative and quantitative constraints on ancient landscape dynamics, which help elucidate important controls on dynamic river networks. This talk will highlight how field, experimental, and modeling insight can be combined to answer outstanding questions about climate and tectonic controls on ancient alluvial river systems and how this context can improve our understanding of modern landscapes and how they will react to future climate and land-use change.  

Dr. Liz Hajek uses sedimentary geology, stratigraphy, and sediment-transport perspectives to understand ancient environmental conditions and surface dynamics on Earth and other planets. She is an Associate Professor and Associate Head for Diversity Equity and Inclusion in the Geosciences Department at The Pennsylvania State University, where she teaches a range of courses spanning topics from oceanography to energy geosystems. She is currently serving as President Elect of the Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM).

Email Kelly Wells,, for Zoom link and password.

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