Frontiers in Earth Systems Ecology Annual Seminar


The "Frontiers in Earth Systems Ecology Annual Seminar" reflects EESI's commitment to interdisciplinary research and scholarship in this growing area.

This seminar brings to Penn State a respected scientist who has made a significant contribution to the field of Earth Systems Ecology. The speaker is selected and nominated to the EESI Director or Associate Director by a committee of EESI associates and affiliates representing the departments of Energy and Mineral Engineering, Geography, Geosciences and Meteorology.

The goals of this seminar series are to increase the visibility of Earth Systems Ecology in EMS and across campus and to highlight the disciplinary and interdisciplinary contributions of nominees.

The speaker will give a seminar in one of the participating department’s seminar series with departments rotating each year. That department has responsibility for hosting the speaker which includes organizing the speaker’s calendar and identifying individual faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students across EMS, and the University to meet with the speaker. The speaker also may participate in classes across departments.


"Frontiers" Committee
Seth Blumsack, Energy and Mineral Engineering; José Fuentes, Meteorology; Erica Smithwick, Geography; Jim Kasting, Geosciences.


"Frontiers" Seminars by date

Date Speaker Presentation
Friday, April 6, 2012 Jonathan Foley, director
Institute on the Environment
University of Minnesota
"Solutions for a Cultivated Planet: How can we find ways to feed a growing, changing world, while sustaining the global environment"
2010/2011 Dr. Russell Monson, professor
School of Natural Resources and the Environment
University of Arizona
2009/2010 Dr. Marilyn L. Fogel, senior scientist
Carnegie Institution of Washington’s Geophysical Laboratory,
Program Director, Geobiology and Low Temperature Geochemistry,
National Science Foundation.