Seminars, Workshops, and Meetings


GGE Seminars 2020-2021

In response to COVID-19, all talks will be held online until further notice.


Announcements for each talk are emailed to the South Dakota Mines campus community. 
If you are off campus, please subscribe to GGE_SEMINAR-L to get announcements and updates. 

Joining seminars online 

  1. Please run the Zoom meeting test a day or two before the meeting.
  2. The day of the seminar click here and enter password: GGE

Contact: Curtis Price ( )

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Date Location Speaker Organization Title Host
Aug-21 No Seminar, GGE Faculty meeting
Aug-28 online only                
GGE Fall Kickoff Social
South Dakota Mines GGE Socially Distanced Friends and Fellowship: South Dakota Mines Geology & Geological Engineering 
 Sep-4 online only Dr. Jacob Lowenstern U.S. Geological Survey Hazards, History, and Hydrothermal Phenomena at the Yellowstone Caldera
Sep-11 online only Dr. Peter Guth
U.S. Naval Academy Military Geology Price
online only Greyson Buckingham, CEO Disa, LLC High-Pressure Slurry Ablation: A size reduction/liberation technology for mining and reclamation
(sponsored by MET, MEM, and GGE)
Sep-18 online only Dr. Dennis Helsel Practical Stats Incorporating Nondetects in Science (Download pre-talk material) Price
Sep-25 online only
Dr. Matthew Minnick  RESPEC, Inc.
Development of Sedimentary Heat Geothermal: The current Boom in Canada Price
online only Dr. Barbara Kutchko U.S. Dept of Energy The New Science Behind Foamed Cement
Oct-09 online only Dr. Robert Hall  Head, South Dakota Mines Mining Eng & Mgmt   Mining Technology development: A look at the past, present and future
Oct-16 No Seminar, GGE Faculty meeting
Oct-23 online only Dr. Kelsey Prissel Carnegie Institution for Science Insights into Lunar Petrology from Iron Isotopes Keenan
online only
Dr. Mark Fahrenbach  SD Geological Survey
What is a Geologic Map?
Nov-06 No Seminar        
Nov-13 online only Dr. Gregory Delzer U.S. Geological Survey Dakota Water Science Center: Current Research and Activities Price
Nov-20 online only GEOL 464 students South Dakota Mines Geology Senior Research Proposals Q&A, 3 pm to 5 pm
Please watch presentations online ahead of time
Jan-15 No Seminar, GGE Graduate Student Town Hall
Jan-22 online only Dr. Caroline Strömberg University of Washington Neo-Ecology Meets Deep Time: Reconstructing plant paleo-niches in the Late Cretaceous of Wyoming Pagnac
Jan-29 online only Alan H. Rea, PE U.S. Geological Survey Hydrography and Elevation in the National Map  Price
online only  Thomas Durkin, CPG South Dakota Space Grant Consortium Mars 2020 – Perseverance Rover Mission: Are we almost there yet?
Feb-12 No Seminar, President's Day weekend
Feb-19 online only
Dr. Albert Eggers
University of Puget Sound (emeritus)
Gravity/surface deformation (geodesy) research at Pacaya, St. Helens, and Kilauea
online only Dr. Heather Bedle University of Oklahoma
Taking Seismic Geomorphology to the next level with Machine Learning
Mar-05 No seminar, Spring Break
Mar-12 No seminar, Spring Break        
Mar-19 online only Dr. Andrew Farke Raymond M. Alf Museum
Campanian Life of Laramidia: Alf Museum Explorations in the Kaiparowits and Mesaverde Formations
Mar-26 online only TBA
Apr-02 No seminar, Easter Break
Apr-09 online only Dr. Nick Dygert  The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Oceanic lithosphere produced by deep-seated hydrothermal cooling beneath spreading centers
online only Dr. David Hammond Hammond International Group U.S. Rare Earths Today: Misconceptions, Dreams, and Realities  -- talk slides: (pdf file) Price
Apr-23 online only Dr. Kirk Johnson Smithsonian Institution Museum of Natural History

Digging Snowmastodon: Discovering an Ice Age World in the Colorado Rockies
GGE Graduate Student Distinguished Lecturer (invited) 

Apr-30 online only GEOL 465 students South Dakota Mines

Senior Research Presentations
Watch presentations on YouTube
Q&A session: Join here 3 pm to 5 pm


Grad Brownbags 2020-2021

Mondays noon-1PM on zoom  meeting 96358772727 (meeting link). Coordinated by GGE Graduate Representatives. Information will be added as seminars are arranged.

Contact: Dr. Foster Sawyer ( )

Lead Title/Topic
Aug-31 --
Sep-07 --
Sep-14 Grad Rep elections
Vote for 2020-2021 grad reps/Logistics
Sep-21 --
Sep-28 --
Oct-05 Curtis Price 
Scale dependence in digital elevation model-based landform analysis
Oct-12 Fleford Redoloza Geological Modeling Using Deep Learning with Progressive Generative Adversarial Networks (GNAs)
Oct-19  --

Oct-26 Redoloza/Riemers/Sawyer
Grad student meeting: invited talk and other issues
Nov-02 Grace DeVault Examination of Pig Wallow Site Geochemistry Using Decomposition Estimates from the Minimum Number of Individuals 
Nov-09 Jichao Bao
Leveraging Deep Learning for Flow and Transport Data Assimilation in Complex Aquifers
Nov-16 Brooke Long-Fox Examining shell shape and evolutionary relationships in lucinid bivalves (cancelled)
Reminder: Grad Student Town Hall Friday Jan 15 4 pm
MLK Jr Day
Jan-25 Rudolph Hummel
From Forests to Fields: A multivariate approach to Miocene habitat reconstruction in North America using extant South African analogues
Jessica O'Neall
Comparison of Accuracy and Precision of XRF and ICP-MS in Determining Fossil Bone Geochemistry between Different Depositional Environments
Erica Cung Quantitative Analysis of Trace Element Partitioning Data for Clinopyroxene, Garnet, and Amphibole
Feb-15 -- President's Day
Feb-22 Peter Daly
Paleocommunity Structure in Late Cretaceous Methane Seeps: Comparing Epeiric Seas and the Global Ocean
Mar-01 Brooke Long-Fox Examining shell shape and evolutionary relationships in lucinid bivalves
-- Spring Break 
Mar-15 -- Faculty Search seminar
Mar-22 --  Faculty Search seminar
Mar-29 -- Faculty Search seminar
Apr-01, 2pm Grace DeVault Using fossil bone geochemistry and age reports to reconstruct diagenesis at the Pig Dig Site, Badlands National Park, SD. 
Apr-12 Colleen Sullivan Dissolution rates of Mosasauridae fossils from the Cretaceous Western Interior Seaway
Apr-19 Carolyn Kocken Geographic and temporal variation in the appearance of defining tooth morphologic characteristics of Mesohippus and Miohippus 
Apr-26 -- Last week of term 

GIS Workshops

Workshops are typically offered in December/January and May/June  

Intro to GIS I and II; Switching To Pro; GIS Field Data Collection

Workshop website and registration

GEOE/GEOL/PALE Advisory Board Meetings

Next meeting: Saturday, April 17, 2021