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Interior of the Earth (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

The Natural History of Plate Tectonics

Dates

June 3-4, 2017

Location

Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA Site Information

Organizers

Chair:
Zachary Eilon

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by May 6, 2017. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

GRS Speaker Abstract Deadline: Although applications will be accepted until the date noted above, any applicants who wish to be considered for an oral presentation should submit their application by March 3, 2017. Please refer to the application instructions in the Meeting Description section below for more details (if available).

Meeting Description

Overview

The Gordon Research Seminar on the Interior of the Earth is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

The focus of this year's meeting is the "Natural History of Plate Tectonics". In the 50 years since the unified theory of plate tectonics was first presented, our understanding of what plates are and how they move has progressed enormously. However, the stagnant surface of other planets demonstrates that mobile plates are not to be taken for granted. This seminar will focus on outstanding questions concerning the initiation, deep driving forces, longevity, and evolution of Earth's mobile surface, integrating multidisciplinary research perspectives. We particularly solicit research on linkages between past and present tectonics and the Earth's deep interior, complementing the focus of this year's Gordon Research Conference.

Application Instructions

The meeting will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.

The Chairs will select speakers from abstracts submitted by March 3, 2017. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Deadline section above.

Related Meeting

This GRS will be held in conjunction with the "Interior of the Earth" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRC in addition to an application for the GRS. Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.

Contributors

Meeting Program

Saturday
2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmKeynote Session: The Evolution of Plate Tectonics
Discussion Leader: Juliane Dannberg (Colorado State University, USA)
3:45 pm - 4:20 pmDavid Bercovici (Yale University, USA)
"The Natural History of Plate Tectonics"
4:20 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmConnecting Plates to the Deep Interior
Discussion Leader: Susini DeSilva (University of Connecticut, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:45 pmTolulope Olugboji (University of Maryland, USA)
"Connecting Plates to the Deep Interior: Imaging and Bayesian Analysis"
7:45 pm - 7:50 pmDiscussion
7:50 pm - 8:05 pmJana Schierjott (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
"Towards Unraveling a Secret of the Lower Mantle: Detecting and Characterizing Piles Using a Grain Size-Dependent, Composite Viscosity"
8:05 pm - 8:10 pmDiscussion
8:10 pm - 8:25 pmZhou Zhang (Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA)
"Fe-Ni-S Melt Is the Dominant Carbon Carrier in the Deep Upper Mantle, with Implications for Deep Diamonds"
8:25 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:45 pmPaula Koelemeijer (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)
"Combining Seismic Tomography, Geodynamic Modelling and Mineral Physics Constraints to Study the Presence of Post-Perovskite in Earth's Lowermost Mantle"
8:45 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:05 pmShangxin Liu (Virginia Tech, USA)
"Plate Motions Predicted from Global Dynamic Models and Seismic Tomography: The Problem of North American Plate Motion"
9:05 pm - 9:10 pmDiscussion
9:10 pm - 9:25 pmSujania Talavera Soza (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)
"Sensitivity to Simple 3D Attenuation Variations in the Mantle"
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Sunday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amThe Cutting Edge of Plates: New Views on Plate Tectonic Initiation and the Present Day Character of Plate Boundaries
Discussion Leader: Simon Schneider (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)
9:00 am - 9:15 amJuliane Dannberg (Colorado State University, USA)
"Chemical Trends in Ocean Islands Explained by Plume-Slab Interaction"
9:15 am - 9:20 amDiscussion
9:20 am - 9:35 amSean Langemeyer (University of Toronto, Canada)
"Trade-Offs Between Obtaining Plate-Like Surface Motion and Constraining Core Heat Loss in Global Mantle Convection Models"
9:35 am - 9:40 amDiscussion
9:40 am - 9:55 amRene Gassmoeller (Colorado State University, USA)
"How Plume-Ridge Interaction Shapes the Crustal Thickness Pattern of the Reunion Hotspot Track"
9:55 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:15 amNicholas Mancinelli (Brown University, USA)
"A Global Search for the Cratonic Lithosphere-Asthenosphere Boundary"
10:15 am - 10:20 amDiscussion
10:20 am - 10:35 amDave Riddhi (University of Houston, USA)
"Shear Wave Velocity and Radial Anisotropy Beneath the Wyoming Craton: Craton Destruction and Lithospheric Layering"
10:35 am - 10:40 amDiscussion
10:40 am - 10:55 amColton Lynner (University of Arizona, USA)
"Mid-Crustal Deformation in the Central Andes Inferred from Ambient Noise Tomography"
10:55 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmMentorship Component: Articulating Science Beyond Academia
Discussion Leader: Erik Weidner (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"Science Communication"
  • Elizabeth Duffy (Seismological Society of America, USA)
  • David Cameron (Harvard University, USA)
  • Lauren Lipuma (American Geophysical Union, USA)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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