|Kelin Whipple||Arjun Heimsath||Ramón Arrowsmith||Mark Schmeeckle||Enrique Vivoni|
The Earth Surface Processes Seminar (called "Geomorphology Seminar" in the GLG courses list) runs every term, for one unit credit (repeatable any number of times, and we prefer students do enroll) on a different theme each term. Our off-campus meeting time this term will return to 7:00pm-9:00pm on Thursdays. This term we have decided a fun topic would be: Mediterrannean Landscapes and Tectonics.
In a typical session we discuss a single research paper or two short ones. One or a pair of students have the charge to lead the discussion each session. Guiding a discussion, pointing out interesting angles to discuss and keeping the discussion on track are the main tasks. Usually this involves leading the group through the paper, but with an aim to highlighting discussion points rather than a report/summary of all points. Sometimes digging up essential background material from previous papers is essential to either understanding of the paper, or for drawing out key discussion points. Determining whether such ancillary material is needed is up to the student leaders.As we move forward we want to get into full discussion and debate mode -- everyone should make a point of saying at least a couple things in each meeting: a question, answer, comment, observation, whatever. We want all voices engaged in the conversation!
We're looking forward to a vibrant set of discussions this semester! Encouragement from Arjun and Ramón.
|Date and location||Discussion Leader(s)||Reading/topic|
|Thursday, January 22; at Kelin's house:
235 E Dawn Drive Tempe
|Kate and Adam||We will start off talking about perhaps one of the most significant geomorphic events in the Mediterranean as a whole, the Messinian Salinity Crisis. There are three short papers for this first meeting: Krijgsman et al., 2002 serves as a brief introduction to the Mediterranean region and Krijgsman et al., 1999 and Govers, 2009 explore the timing and origins of the MSC.|