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2017-2018 Seminars and Labs


7:00 PM Mondays at the University of Minnesota, unless otherwise specified. Exact building & room location to be determined and to be posted later.

All lectures and labs are free and open to the public.

GSM will make any decision canceling or postponing a lecture due to inclement weather no later than 3:00 PM the day of the lecture. This information will be posted on the GSM home page.


Sep 18        Historical Perspective on the Evolution of Antarctic Fish Fauna

Joe Eastman, Ph.D., Prof. Emeritus of Anatomy, Ohio University
Fall Banquet, Annual Meeting, and Lecture
Location: U Garden Restaurant, 2725 University Ave. SE, Minneapolis MAP
Dinner 5:00-7:00 PM; Annual Meeting 7:00; Lecture follows ~7:15
For details, click here

Oct 2         Questions About Dinosaurs

Kristi Curry Rogers, Ph.D., Geology Department, Macalester College


Oct 16        Agate Hunting Made Easy

James Magnuson, Minnesota Mineral Club, Author of “Agate Hunting Made Easy”


Oct 30        The Pros and Cons of Mining

            Jeffrey Lipovetz, BS, TKDA Engineering, Saint Paul


Nov 13        100 Years and Counting, History of Geophysical Exploration - Minnesota

            Val Chandler, Ph.D., Minnesota Geological Survey


Nov 27       Glacial Geology of Minnesota

Andrew Wickert, Ph.D., Dept. of Earth Sciences, University of Minnesota


Dec 11        What Is Space Weather?

            Cynthia Cattell, PhD, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Minnesota


Jan 22        The Minnesota Mineral Collection

Joshua Feinberg, Ph.D., Dept. of Earth Sciences, University of Minnesota 


Feb 5          Geological Model of the Twin Cities Basin

Julia Steenberg, MS, Minnesota Geological Survey.


Feb 19        Glacial Geology of Washington State

Katherine Marshall, MS, Minnesota Geological Survey


Feb 24        Laboratory: Hands On Rocks,   Saturday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Conducted by Jeff Thole, M.Sc., Macalester College.
The Geology Dept. is in SW area of basement of Olin-Rice Science Center
(south end of campus, by tennis courts) at
Macalester, Building 14 on Campus Map     Road Map


Mar 5          Minnesota Geological Maps and Data Online

Jacqueline Hamilton, MS, Minnesota Geological Survey


Mar 19        A Trip to the Bottom of Yellowstone Lake

William Seyfried, Ph.D., Dept of Earth Sciences, University of Minnesota


Apr 2           Xcel Energy Plan for the Next 25 Years

Dana Cottrell, BS, MBA, Xcel Energy


Apr 16         When Rocks Die: The Science of Soil

Laura Triplett, Ph.D., Gustavus Adolphus College.


Apr 30         Trilobites

            Roger Benepe, Geological Society of Minnesota:
            Spring Banquet & Lecture, 5:00 to 8:30 PM
            Location:  U Garden Restaurant, 2725 University Ave. SE, Minneapolis.  MAP