UA Geoscience Symposium
April 12-14

Welcome to the 47th annual University of Arizona Geosciences Symposium (GeoDaze)


Keynote Speaker

The keynote speaker for GeoDaze is Dr. Jane Willenbring. Her research focuses on the evolution of the Earth’s surface—especially how landscapes are affected by tectonics, climate change, and life. Her research is distinctly interdisciplinary, as she uses geochemistry (including cosmogenic nuclide systems), topographic data, field observations, and numerical models of ice sheets and landscape evolution in her research. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from North Dakota State University, her Master’s from Boston University, and her Ph.D. from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada. She was a Synthesis Postdoctoral Fellow through the National Center for Earth Surface Dynamics at University of Minnesota’s Saint Anthony Falls Lab. Then she became an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow in Germany at the University of Hannover and GFZ-Potsdam.

Dr. Willenbring was an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania from 2010 to 2016. She became an Associate Professor at University of California San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and is currently there today. She is also the Director of the Scripps Cosmogenic Isotope Laboratory and an investigator with the Luquillo Critical Zone Observatory. Dr. Willenbring is at the forefront of her field, with several prestigious awards and honors, including the Antarctic Service Medal and NSF’s Career Award, and is currently a GSA Fellow.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Willenbring and in attending her talk “Not Feeling the Buzz: Tectonics—Not Climate—Limits Heights of Mountains” on Friday afternoon of GeoDaze!




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