Seminar Series

2016-17 is the seventh year of the GCSC seminar series, which presents some of the best researchers–from around campus and across the country–whose work sheds light on global change and sustainability.


Seminars are open to all, and students who are enrolled in the Seminar course, SUST 6800, have additional opportunities to engage with the speakers. GCSC-affiliated faculty and their students are invited to nominate speakers for the GCSC Seminar Series. See grey box below for links to seminar videos.

August 30, 2016

  • Robin Craig, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
    “Rethinking Sustainability to Deal with the Climate Change Trickster: Resilience Theory, the Anthropocene, and the Example of Marine Fisheries” Abstract Read more

September 13, 2016

September 27, 2016

October 18, 2016

November 1, 2016

  • Fernando Bosco, San Diego State University Department of Geography
    “Journeys in a ‘Food Desert’: Place, Mobility, and the Everyday Food Practices of Young People”   Abstract, flyer

November 15, 2016

  • Andrew Richardson, Harvard University Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
    “Climate change, phenology, and ecosystem processes: What we are learning from the PhenoCam network”   Abstract, flyer

November 29, 2016


January 17, 2017

  • Joerg Schaefer, Columbia University Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
    “Ice Sheets, Glaciers and Society: past and present cryospheric change and its impact on society” Abstract, flyer

January 31, 2017

February 14, 2017

  • Brett Clark, University of Utah Department of Sociology
    “Pacific Northwest salmon, commodification, and the marine nutrient-land exchange” Abstract, flyer

February 28, 2017

  • Anthony Barnosky, Stanford University, Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve
    “Tipping Point for Planet Earth—How Close Are We To The Edge?” Abstract, flyer

March 21, 2017

  • Lance Gunderson, Department of Environmental Science, Emory University
    “Adaptation and Transformation in Managed Riparian and Wetland Systems across the US.” Abstract, flyer

April 4, 2017

  • Jeffrey McCarthy, Director of Environmental Humanities, University of Utah
    “The Watery Part of the World: The Humanities, the Ocean and the Anthropocene”  Abstract, flyer

April 18, 2017

  • Jennifer McIntosh, Department of Hydrology and Water Resources, University of Arizona
    “Tracing environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing and oil/gas production”  Abstract, flyer

Additional seminars

April 25, 2017 Hydrology Interest Group seminar co-sponsored by the GCSC

  • Kamini Singha, Colorado School of Mines, is the National Ground Water Association 2017 Darcy Lecturer.
    “The Critical Role of Trees in Critical Zone Science: An Exploration of Water Fluxes in the Earth’s Permeable Skin”

May 15, 2017 Department of Mechanical Engineering seminar co-sponsored by GCSC

  • William Anderson, University of Texas at Dallas Department of Mechanical Engineering
    Large-eddy simulation of planetary boundary layer turbulence: aeolian morphodynamics on Earth and Mars”  Abstract, flyer

Video recordings of select seminars are available for viewing by those with a U of U Network ID. (If you get an error message, click on “Login to EQUELLA.”)

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