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Our seminars have moved online and are now held on Wednesdays at 1pm. If you wish to attend via zoom please email ucdsesseminars@ucd.ie for a link (updated 21.09.2020)

2022

  • 27th April Online: Alumni Professor David Moecher (University of Kentucky, who is visiting TCD as Fulbright Ireland Scholar 2022) 'The Great Reach of the Hot, Giant, Long-Lived Grenville Orogen: Its Influence on the Neoproterozoic to Phanerozoic Clastic Sedimentary Record of Laurentia and Amazonia'
  • 20th April Online: Dr Thomas Lamont (University of Bristol) 'Squeeze and trigger: compression followed by crustal relaxation as a cause of high-grade hypogene porphyry copper mineralization?'
  • 13th April Online: Prof Jenni Barclay (University of East Anglia) 'Unrest, eruptions and impacts: insights into volcanic behaviour from the historical and recent eruptions of La Soufriere, St Vincent'
  • 6th April Online: Dr Alexandra Costanzo (NUI Galway) 'Fluid Inclusion studies and their applications'
  • 30th March Online: Dr Jim Hendry (Iapetus Geoscience Limited) 'Origin, significance and implications of fault- and fracture-related dolomitization in Lower Carboniferous limestones on the Isle of Man and the NE margin of the Dublin Basin'
  • 23rd March Online: Dr Kathryn Goodenough (British Geological Survey) 'Critical Raw Materials for the Energy Transition'
  • 1st March Online: Dr Gael Lymer (UCD) '3D Jurassic development of the Porcupine Basin offshore West of Ireland'
  • 23rd February Online: Dr Kier Nichols (Imperial College London) 'Investigating the long-term history of Thwaites Glacier with a subglacial bedrock core'
  • 16th February Online: Dr Quentin Crowley (Trinity College Dublin) 'Radon, Geoscience and Public Health'
  • 9th February Online - cancelled: Dr Alice-Agnes Gabriel (University of Munich) 'Supercomputing of large earthquakes'
  • 24th January Online: Dr Roberto Rizzo (University of Edinburgh) 'Advanced Image Analysis for the interpretation of (micro)structural data'
  • 19th January Online: Prof. Eun-Jung Holden (University of Western Australia) 'Geological Knowledge Discovery using Machine Augmented Intelligence'

2021

  • 1st December Online: UCD School of Earth Sciences PhD Talks - 'Getting the measure of holes in the ground: digital mapping and morphometric characterisation of karst depressions and collapse calderas' Rob Watson and 'The role of fractures in influencing dome stability at volcanoes' Amy Myers
  • 14th November Online: Dr John Murray (NUI Galway) 'The History of Life project'
  • 10th November Online: Dr Zhou Zhang (Zhejiang University) 'Re-examining Geochemical Data through the Lens of Data Science'
  • 3rd November Online: Dr Richard Gloaguen (Helmholtz Institute Freiberg of Resource Technology)'Innovative mineral exploration using hyperspectral imaging and machine learning'
  • 27th October Online: Dr Vanessa Johnston (Karst Research Institute, Slovenia) 'My journey looking into cave speleothems as palaeoclimate archives'
  • 18th October Online: Prof. Julia Steinberger (University of Lausanne) 'Living well within planetary limits: is it possible? And what would it take?'
  • 13th October Online: Dr Sophie Norris (Dalhousie University) 'Dynamic response of the southwestern Laurentide Ice Sheet during the last deglaciation: implications for Lake Agassiz drainage'
  • 6th October Online: Thomas Garabetian (European Geothermal Energy Council) 'Overview of geothermal energy in Europe, and prospects to 2030'
  • 29th September Online: Dr Vinciane Debaille (Université Libre de Bruxelles) 'Life on Mars?'
  • 22nd September Online: Esther Harris (Murdoch University) 'Stakeholder perspectives in minerals exploration'
  • 15th September Online: Dr Koen Verbruggen (GSI) & Dr Marie Cowan (GSI) 'Geoscience and Government: Updates from the Geological Surverys of Ireland and Northern Ireland'
  • 12th May Online: Prof. Janine Kavanagh (University of Liverpool) 'What lurks beneath? Unravelling the dynamics of Volcanic Plumbing Systems'
  • 5th May Online: Prof.Simon Todd (Capriole Energy & UCD) 'The energy transition: drivers, risks and the role of earth scientists and engineers'
  • 28th April Online: Hallelujah Ekandjo (iCRAG, UCD) 'Geology overview of the Neoproterozoic Rosh Pinah Zn-Pb deposit in southern Namibia' and David Drejing-Carroll (iCRAG, UCD) 'Geology of the Nautanen North Cu-Au deposit, Norrbotten, Sweden'
  • 21st April Online: Assoc. Professor Lenny Winkel (ETH Zurich) 'Biogeochemical Cycling of Selenium'
  • 14th April Online: Dr Weimu Xu (UCD Earth Sciences) 'Carbon release & sequestration: Extreme global climatic change events in Earth history – lessons for future climate mitigation'
  • 31st March Online: Prof. Jorge M.R.S. Relvas (University of Lisbon) 'Iberian Pyrite Belt: from metallogeny, to mine remediation and science outreach'
  • 24th March Online: Prof. Kim Cobb (Georgia Institute of Technology) 'Corals and climate change - from impacts and solutions'
  • 3rd March Online: Dr Danielle Howlett (University of Bergen) 'Salty Stuff: Response of Deep-water Depositional Systems by Salt-influenced Topography'
  • 24th February Online: Dr Max Frenzel (Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology) 'Geometallurgy of by-products – A case study of indium deportment in a VMS ore'
  • 17th February Online: Dr William Daniels (University of Massachusetts Amherst) 'What happens when the Bering Land Bridge' 
  • 10th February Online: Dr Brenhin Keller (Dartmouth College) 'From zircon to freeboard: Clues to the origin of the Great Unconformity'
  • 2nd February Online: Dr John Paul Moore (iCRAG Postgraduate Researcher) 'Quantitative analysis of faults and fracture systems and their impact on groundwater flow in the bedrocks of Ireland' 
  • 27th January Online: Dr Foivos Karakostas (University of Maryland) 'Seismology with InSight on Mars: focus on the seismic attenuation in the Lithosphere'
  • 20th January Online: Dr Juan Diego Rodriguez-Blanco (Trinity College Dublin) 'Reaction Pathways toward the Formation of Bastnäsite'

2020

  • 9th December Online: Dr Denitza Voutchkova (Geological Survery of Denmark and Greenland) 'Groundwater and drinking water quality in Denmark'
  • 2nd December Online: Prof. Yaoguo Li (Center for Gravity, Electrical, and Magnetic Studies (CGEM) and Department of Geophysics, Colorado School of Mines) 'Geology differentiation:  A new frontier in quantitative geophysical interpretation'
  • 25th November Online: UCD School of Earth Sciences PhD Talks 'The state of stress along the Hikurangi Subduction Margin (HSM): Insights from borehole image logging' – Effat Behboudi 'Sedimentary provenance of the ODYSSEA Contourite, Ross Sea: A proxy for climatic shifts during MIS3' – Roland Neofitu
  • 18th November Online: Dr Gavin Kenny (Swedish Museum of Natural History) 'Impact cratering on Earth - insights from novel geochronological techniques'
  • 11th November Online: Dr Alia Lesnek (Univeristy of New Hampshire) 'A Land of Ice and Fire: Late Quaternary deglaciation, sea level change, and volcanism on America’s Northwest Pacific coast'
  • 4th November Online: Professor Dr Ambre Luguet (University of Bonn) 'Mantle geochronology: insights from the Re-Os geochronometer'
  • 28th October Online: Dr Pauline Smedley (British Geological Survey) 'Protecting groundwater quality in the English shale gas landscape'
  • 21st October Online: Dr Shane Regan (National Parks and Wildlife Service) 'The hydrogeology of ecosystems and role in climate change'
  • 14th October Online: Dr Sören Henning (Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources) 'High tech trace element characteristics of sulphides from base metal provinces in the Variscan basement and adjacent sedimentary rocks in Germany'
  • 7th October Online: Moira Walsh (Offshore Wind Lead, Arup) 'The Key Role of Geoscience in Offshore Wind'
  • 30th September Online: Dr Alan Kennedy-Asser (University of Bristol) 'Reconciling climate models and proxy records across the EoceneOligocene Transition'
  • 23rd September Online: Dr Vivi Kathrine Pedersen (Aarhus University, Denmark) 'Glacial erosion on passive continental margins: the enigmatic topography in western Scandinavia'
  • 18th September Online: Prof. Gerald (Jerry) Dickens (The 1843 Professor of Mineralogy Trinity College Dublin) 'What do stable carbon isotopes of bulk carbonate mean?'
  • 11th September Online: Dr Larry Meinert (United States Geological Survey (USGS)) 'Space resources - The hype versus the reality'.
  • 4th September Online: Jack Stacey (University of Manchester) 'Regional fault-controlled dolomitization of the Middle Cambrian Cathedral Formation by hydrothermal fluids sourced from a basal clastic aquifer'
  • 24th February: Dr Shane Murphy (Ifremer) 'The different types of earthquakes generated on subduction zones'
  • 17th February: Dr Gordon Bromley (NUI Galway) 'A 14.5 million-year record of East Antarctic Ice Sheet fluctuations from the central Transantartic Mountains (and implications for sea level), constrained with multiple cosmogenic nuclides'
  • 10th February: Dr Martijn van den Ende (Université Côte d'Azur) 'A µm-scale perspective on km-scale earthquakes: the micromechanics of fault friction'
  • 3rd February: Jane Coll (CSA Global) 'Geology Down Under'
  • 27th January: Dr Mike Heap (Université de Strasbourg) 'Hydrothermal alteration of andesitic lava domes can lead to explosive volcanic behaviour'
  • 21st January: Dr Henriette Linge (University of Bergen) 'Fieldwork report from the sub-Antarctic Kerguelen archipelago in the southern Indian Ocean'
  • 17th January: Dr Kurt House (KoBold) 'Using Machine Learning to Find the Critical Materials Needed for the Electric Vehicle Revolution'

2019

  • 10th December: Professor Tony Prave (University of St Andrews) 'Insights into Precambrian Earth history from economic geology and a scrap of northwest Europe'
  • 3rd December: Dr Iain Neill (University of Glasgow) 'Trouble in the (Great) Glen and the geodynamics of the Caledonian Orogeny'
  • 26th November: Dr Maggie Jackson (NUIG) 'The last deglaciation in the Rwenzori Mountains, Uganda: implications for past climate change in the global tropics'
  • 19th November: Dr Tracy Aze (University of Leeds) 'Can the fossil record help to inform modern day conservation efforts?'
  • 12th November: Dr Gary O'Sullivan (UCD) 'The trace element composition of detritalapatite'
  • 5th November: Elspeth Wallace (UCD, iCRAG) 'The real Jurassic Park: Palaoecology of the Morrison Formation, Midwest USA'
  • 22nd October: Dr Jon Price (State Geologist Emeritus of Nevada) 'Ore-forming systems'
  • 15th October - cancelled: Fiona McEvoy (British Geological Survey) 'The search for a site to dispose of them UK's legacy radiowave waste: the role of the subsurface'
  • 8th October: Dr Sam Kelley (UCD) 'The subglacial jigsaw: using the geologic record to understand past glaciations'
  • 4th October (Friday): Dr Mike Roach (CODES, University of Tasmania) '3D vitrual geology'
  • 24th September: Dr Paul Slezak (UCD, iCRAG) 'Using hyperspectral cathodoluminescence (CL) to reveal hidden information in luminescent minerals'
  • 17th September: Dr Imran Rahman (University of Oxford) 'The origin of animals: new insights from virtual palaeontology'
  • 10th September: Dr Peter McGoldrick (CODES, University of Tasmania) 'Life and ore deposits in the mid-Proterozoic'
  • 30th April: Dr Patrick Smith (DIAS) 'Volcano Monitoring, case study: Soufriere Hills Volcano, Montserrat'
  • 9th April: Professor John Walsh (UCD, iCRAG) 'Fault-controlled fluid flow within rifts and the formation of sediment-hosted mineral deposits'
  • 2nd April: Dr Nick Schofield (University of Aberdeen) 'Igneous Rocks in the subsurface - From Overpressured Intrusions to Re-Writing (a small bit) of North Sea history
  • 26th March: Dr Simone Fiaschi (UCD) 'Monitoring ground displacements with synthetic aperture RADAR interferometry'
  • 19th March: Dr Rebecca Bell (Imperial College London) 'Unlocking the secrets of slow slip using next-generation seismic experiments and IODP drilling at the north Hikurangi subduction margin, New Zealand'
  • 12th March: Dr John Counts (UCD, iCRAG) 'Source-to-sink sediment transfer in the Iles Eparses, Mozambique Channel: Characterizing the slopes of atoll-like platforms'
  • 5th March: Dr Oriol Ferrer (University of Barcelona) 'Analogue modeling of complex salt tectonics: a valuable tool for structural interpreters'
  • 26th February: Dr Matthew Grimshaw (SRK Exploration) 'Gold mineralization in the Klondike Gold District'
  • 19th February: Professor Jacky Croke (Head of UCD School of Geography) 'Extreme flood events, catchment denudation rates and sediment delivery: Examples from Australia'
  • 12th February: Dr Dan Bosence (Royal Holloway) 'Lacustine carbonate mounds: multimillion barrel resvoirs with palaeoenvironmental problems'
  • 11th February: Professor Chris Hawkesworth (University of Bristol) 'The onset of plate tetonics'
  • 5th February: Dr Mark Coughlan (UCD, iCRAG) 'Geological and geotechnical constraint mapping in the Irish Sea for offshore renewable energy development'
  • 22nd January: Professor Stephen Roberts (University of Southampton) 'Ore formation in the Zambian Copperbelt: from the classical to the contentious'

2018

  • 11th December: Dr Tobias Fritschle 'Age and Origin of Late Caledonian Granites and Ordovician Arc Magmatic Rocks in Ireland and the Isle of Man'
  • 4th December: John Paul Moore (UCD) 'A new methodology for constraining spatial variations in groundwater flow potential in the fractured bedrocks of Ireland'
  • 27th November: George Barakos (Freiberg University of Mining and Technology) 'An Innovative Evaluation Tool for the Mineability of Rare Earth Element Deposits'
  • 21st November: Dr Emma Morris (UCD, iCRAG) 'Submarine channels and their associated deposits, an example from the Karoo Basin, South Africa'
  • 13th November: Victor Aarre (Geophysics Advisor at Schlumberger) 'Recent developments in Seismic Attributes, and the introduction of Machine Learning for future developments'
  • 6th November: Dr Chris Mark (TCD, now at UCD) 'Possibilities and limitations of multi-proxy detrital thermochronology: The Bengal and Indus Fans as archives of Himalayan exhumation'
  • 23rd October: Dr Taija Torvela (University of Leeds) 'Melts and deformation - is the orogenic middle crust really weak?'
  • 16th October: Prof. Murray Hitzman (Director of iCRAG) 'Mineral discovery in known and as yet uknown mineral systems'
  • 9th October: Dr David McNamara (NUIG) 'Drilling holes and characterising the subsurface of the lost Continent of Zealandia'
  • 2nd October: Dr Maria McNamara (UCC) 'Fossil insights into the evolution of the vertebrate integument'
  • 25th September: Dr Renata Barros (UCD) 'Metal resources for high technology: the rise of pegmatites'
  • 18th September: Paul Kennedy (UCD IT Security Team) 'Cyber security and information at UCD'
  • 1st May: Dr Richard Unitt (University College Cork/iCRAG) 'The Road Ahead - Traditional and innovative methodologies for assessing road aggregates'
  • 24th April: Dr Mike Mayall (Imperial College London) 'Unravelling the complexity of slope reservoir systems'
  • 17th April: John Clifford (Antofagasta Minerals) 'The Importance of Geology'
  • 10th April: Dr Una Farrell (Trinity College Dublin) ‘Pyritized trilobite faunas from upstate New York: preservation and palaeoecology’
  • 3rd April: Dr Dirk Knaust (Statoil) 'Applications of trace-fossil analysis'
  • 27th February: Dr Javier Almendros (University of Granada) 'Seismological research at Deception Island volcano, Antarctica'
  • 20th February: Dr Andrew Parnell (UCD School of Mathematics and Statistics) 'Using radiocarbon dating for tsunamis and sudden past climate changes'
  • 13th February: Dr Matthieu Clog (SUERC) 'Looking inside molecules: clumped and position-specific isotopes'
  • 6th February: Joint Seminar - Laura Berdi (UCD PostGrad) 'The sedimentary architecture of the Hatton Basin from new 2D seismic reflection and gravity data' ; Clara Gomez Garcia (UCD PostGrad) 'Passive seismic imaging at deposit to regional scales using integrated waveform techniques'
  • 30th January: Dr Sean Johnson (UCC, iCRAG) 'How does the secular distribution of highly metalliferrous black shales correspond with peaks in atmospheric oxygen?
  • 23rd January: Joint seminar - Javier Lopez Cabrera (UCD, iCRAG PostGrad) 'Measuring and modelling stacking patterns in turbidite sequences' ;  Senad Subasic (UCD PostGrad) 'Passive seismic methods - receiver functions' ; Giusseppe Maggio (DIAS/UCD PostGrad) 'Pilot application of seismic noise cross-correlation techniques at Boliden Tara Mines'

2017

  • 5th December: Joint seminar - Eoin O'Donnell (UCD, iCRAG PostGrad) 'Syn-rift basin fill architecture - constraints from forward stratigraphic modelling' ;  Brydon Lowney (UCD, iCRAG PostGrad) 'Diffraction Imaging: an outlook on super-resolution' ; Conor O'Sullivan (UCD, iCRAG PostGrad) ' Structural and kinematic analysis of the Slyne and Erris basins; exploring the links between structural evolution and traps'
  • 28th November: Dr Marco Fonesu (ENI, former UCD PhD student) 'Hybrid event beds: facies, processes and distribution in deep-water turbidity systems'
  • 21st November: Dr Eszter Badenszki (UCD, iCRAG) 'Early Paleozoic evolution of southern Scotland: evidence from deep crustal xenoliths'
  • 14th November: Dr Neil Grant (ConocoPhilips) 'Effective stress, porosity trends and fault sealing in the Skagerrak Formation of the North Sea'
  • 31st October: Dr Liam Reinhardt (University of Exeter) 'The development of mountainous topography: past, present and humanities role in shaping the future'
  • 24th October: Dr Matt Loader (Natural History Museum) 'The effect of titanite crystallization on Eu and Ce anomalies in zircon and its implications for the assessment of porphyry Cu deposit fertility'
  • 17th October: Dr Damien Closson (EUROSENSE/University of Liege) 'The Dead Sea: a natural laboratory for the study of the Anthroponcene'
  • 10th October: Dr David van Acken (UCD, iCRAG) 'Re-Os geochronology: what we can and cannot date'
  • 3rd October: Dr John Conneally (UCD, iCRAG) '3D Geometry and Kinematics of segmented normal faults - insights from displacement backstripping'
  • 26th September: Dr Jiulin Cloe Guo (UCD, iCRAG) 'Structural modelling of the Lough Allen Basin and beyond: implications for hydrocarbon exploration and production'
  • 19th September: Dr Eva Eibl (DIAS/UCD) 'Monitoring a volcanic eruption in Iceland using Seismic Tremor'
  • 25th April: Dr Daniel Morgan (University of Leeds) 'Eyjafjallajökull 2010: unravelling crystal histories to understand pre-eruptive behaviours'
  • 18th April: Dr Howard Falcon-Lang (Royal Holloway) 'The mid-Carboniferous terrestrialisation event'
  • 10th April: Dr Steve Hollis (UCD, iCRAG) 'Closing the Iapetus Ocean: implications for VMS and orogenic gold mineralization in the north of Ireland'
  • 28th March: Dr Anthea Lacchia (UCD, iCRAG) 'Spirals on the shale: ammonoid biostratigraphy of the Shannon Basin, Western Ireland'
  • 7th March: Joint seminar - Aileen Doran (UCD, iCRAG PostGrad) 'Using Zn-Cu-S and clumped O-C isotopes to constrain hydrothermal fluid flow and deposition processes in Irish-type deposits' ;  David Kater (UCD, iCRAG PostGrad) 'Rare elements enrichment processes in LCT pegmatites and implications for geochemical exploration'
  • 2nd March (Thursday): Dr Sam Poppe (Vrike Universiteit Brussel) 'An unusual patient: documenting analogue experiments of volcanic intrusions with X-ray Computed Tomography'
  • 28th February: Dr Sabastian Zimmermann (UCD, iCRAG) 'Provenance and tetonic evolution of Mesozoic sandstones in the Banda Arc, Indonesia - Chasing rocks on subtropical islands'
  • 21st February: Prof. Brian Williams (University of Aberdeen and visiting Professor at UCD) 'The Lower Old Red Sandstone Continent: Wales and Ireland'
  • 14th February: Dr Lingli Zhou (Trinity College Dublin) 'The Secrets of Pyrite'
  • 7th February: Dr Holly Elliot (Camborne School of Mines, UK) 'Irish Zn-Pb mineralization: a role for volcanism'
  • 31st January: Joint seminar - Fani Papageorgiou (UCD Earth Sciences PostGrad) 'An investigation of uranium occurrence, sources and mobilization processes in selected Irish groundwaters' ;  Joao Monteiro Correia (UCD Earth Sciences PostGrad) 'Present and future regional scale climate influences on renewable energy resources'
  • 24th January: Dr Andy Pulham (Cobalt International Energy Consultant) 'Computed Tomography (CT) Imaging: new insights from deepwater conventional core data; sedimentary structures and rock properties'
  • 17th January: Dr Oded Katz (Geological Survey of Israel) 'Do higher sea cliff retreat rates imply faster sea cliff retreat? The dynamic of the eastern Mediterranean coastal cliff'

2016

  • 29th November: Dr Eoghan Holohan (UCD) 'A Holey Show by the Dead Sea'
  • 22nd November: Prof. John Howell (University of Aberdeen) on the latest technological fieldwork techniques
  • 14th November (Monday): Prof. David Van Rooij (University of Ghent) 'Impact of the Mediterranean Outfloow Water on the European Atlantic margins; more than just an "exotic" water mass'
  • 8th November: Prof. Christopher MacLeod (Cardiff University) 'Tear up the textbooks: seafloor spreading, but not as you know it (IODP Expedition 360 - SloMo)'
  • 1st November: Prof. Stephen Gallagher (University of Melbourne) 'International Ocean Discovery Program Expedition 356: a Miocene-Pliocene record of reefs, climate and subsidence off Northwest Australia'
  • 24th October (Monday): Dr Sarah Donne (DIAS) 'Relationships between microseism generation and ocean wave parameters in the NE Atlantic, west of Ireland'
  • 18th October: Dr Roisin Kyne (UCD, iCRAG) 'The Mysterious Case of the Cobar-style Deposits: Using Structural Analysis and Geochemistry to Solve the Riddle!'
  • 11th October: Dr Thomas Gernon (University of Southampton) 'Volcanism during snowball Earth'
  • 4th October: Dr Michael Deininger (UCD) 'The Holocene atmospheric ciculation as inferred from speleothem records'
  • 27th September: Dr Alex Webber (University of Southampton) 'ROV exploration of hydrothermal sites in the Cayman Trough'
  • 20th September: Prof. Julian Menuge (UCD) 'Navan zinc-lead ore: origin and vectoring'
  • 13th September: Dr Steve Hollis (iCRAG/UCD) 'Targeting Volcanic-hosted Massive Sulfide (VHMS) mineralisation in the Yilgam Craton of Western Australia: do we need Archean subduction?'