Abstracts of Talks

Abstracts from previous Colorado Scientific Society talks.

Abstracts of Talks, Indexed by author, subject, and date

Colorado Scientific Society Talks from 2008, indexed by author, subject, and date. Earlier years are being added.

For all CSS Talks after 1994 by Year, see below

This access to the talks is by year.
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Abstracts for Colorado Scientific Society talks after 1994 are archived below.
Click on any year to view the abstracts for that year.


The Colorado Scientific Society January meeting was rescheduled to April, as the speakers could not access their presentations because of the government shutdown.

Geology and Mining History of the Beulah Marble Deposit
Ken Balleweg, Exploration Geologist

Geographies Unrealized, The Story of Four Cartographic Myths of North America
Donald L. McGuirk, Rocky Mountain Map Society

A Cook’s Tour of Colorado’s Glacial Landscape
Dr. Vince Matthews, Leadville Geology

Kilauea’s 2018 Eruption – New methods and perspectives for monitoring volcanic eruptions
Don Becker, USGS, and Jeff Sloan, USGS


Fostering Citizen Scientists in the Remote Reaches of Colorado
Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Johnson, Colorado Northwestern Community College, Craig, CO

Science With a Social Conscience: A Natural Outgrowth of Fieldwork in Remote Regions of the World
David Krause, Denver Museum of Nature and Science

In the Footsteps of Darwin
Rob Wesson, USGS Scientist Emeritus

How the 1859 gold rush put Colorado on the Map
Wesley Brown

Challenges in Providing Real-time Earthquake Shaking and Impacts Estimates
David Wald, USGS, National Earthquake Information Center, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Geophysics, Colorado School of Mines

April – Colorado Scientific Society 2018 Past Presidents Dinner
Colorado’s Amazing Dinosaurs: A History of Discoveries from the Centennial State
Joe Sertich, Denver Museum of Nature and Science

The present and future of the Colorado Geological Survey
Karen Berry, Director and State Geologist, Colorado Geological Survey

Geological studies at the USGS in Denver: Where are we now and where are we headed?
Eugene (Buddy) Schweig, Director, Center for Geosciences and Environmental Change, U.S. Geological Survey, Lakewood, CO

May, Emmons Lecture
From Snowball Earth to the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum: Lessons Learned from Earth System Extremes
Will Clyde, University of New Hampshire

September, Poster Session by CSS Members and Short Talks by Students
The effects of geological structure and clay on landslides in the Teklanika Formation in Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska,
– Michael Frothingham, PhD student, CU Boulder
Insight into incipient motion of blocks on a river bed from Computation Fluid Dynamics modeling,
– Aaron Hurst, PhD student, CU Boulder
Seasonality of a Sub-Alpine Lake: Understanding evolving physical and biogeochemical controls on aquatic ecosystem structure under ice cover. Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado USA,
– Garrett Rue, PhD Candidate, CU Boulder
The role of flashing in the formation of high-grade, low-sulfidation epithermal deposits: a case study from the Omu Camp in Hokkaido, Japan,
– Lauren Zeeck, MS Candidate, Colorado School of Mines

Structural Geology across Colorado
– Ned Sterne, an independent professional geologist

Geothermal Energy
– Jeff Winick, Geothermal Consultant
Geothermal Energy Potential of Colorado
– Jen Livermore, Consulting Geothermal Engineer

Cities, and a World, at Risk
– Bob Raynolds, Denver Museum of Nature and Science and CSS outgoing President
with Dr. KaChun Yu, DMNS Space Science Curator using the Gates Planetarium to present this global story


An Arctic Perspective on 20th Century Warming
by Dr. Gifford Miller, INSTAAR and Geological Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder

Landscape Evolution of Colorado
Late Neogene Tectonic and Volcanic Fragmentation and Middle Pleistocene Climate-Driven Drainage Integration of the Southern Rocky Mountains
by Cal Ruleman, Geology and Environmental Change, USGS

The Far-Reaching Effects of Wastewater Injection: Recent Case Studies of Anthropogenic Earthquakes
by Will Yeck, National Earthquake Information Center, USGS

Simple, Serious, and Solvable: The Three S’s of Climate Change
by Scott Denning, Atmospheric Sciences, Colorado State University

Too Warm, Two Poles: How Past Interglacials Should Inform Future Coastal Policy
by Julie Brigham-Grette, University of Massachusetts- Amherst

Student Paper Night

Using Geoscience to Augment Environmental Public Health Studies
Suzette Morman, Crustal Imaging and Characterization, USGS

Earth’s Earliest Evolution: Fire from above, fire from below
Simone Marchi, Southwest Research Institute, Boulder

DUST! Why Should You Care? (the answer is blowing in the wind)
Marith Reheis, Emeritus USGS


Colorado’s stratigraphy: eloquent testimony to Earth’s history
by Robert G. Raynolds and James W. Hagadorn, Department of Earth Sciences, Denver Museum of Nature & Science

The Weird and Wonderful Geology of Pluto and its Moons
by John Spencer, Southwest Research Institute, Boulder CO

New Hominid Discoveries from South Africa, the ‘Cradle of Humankind’: The Anthropological Significance, the Cave Geology, and How Google Earth Contributed to the Discovery.
by Charles Musiba, University of Colorado-Denver

Tempest at Teapot Dome, Wyoming: the Greatest Political Scandal in the History of the American Oil Industry
by Matt Silverman, Exploration Manager at Robert L. Bayless, Producer
The Society’s 2016 annual S.F. Emmons Lecture, The Quest for the Only Known Natural Quasi-crystal
by Dr. Lincoln Hollister, Princeton University, Professor Emeritus.

Older than the hills: The ca. 3920-3960 Ma Acasta Gneiss (Northwest Territories, Canada)
by Stephen Mojzsis, Professor of Geology, and Director, Collaborative for Research in Origins (CRiO), Department of Geological Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder

Student Night Participants and Presentations

Climate Change, Part I, A Geologist’s View, by William W. Little, Professor of Geology, Brigham Young University-Idaho, Rexburg, Idaho

Climate Change, Part 2, Models, Uncertainty, Data, and Predictions – or “Why Climate Models are Like Sausages” by Thomas R. Fisher, PhD ABD, Evergreen, Colorado USA


Relict Dinosaurs of Madagascar: New Discoveries from Treasure Island
by Dr. Joe Sertich, Ph.D., Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology, of terrestrial ecosystems during the Mesozoic) Denver Museum of Nature & Science


President’s Address: South Park: Recent investigations by the Colorado Geological Survey carry on a legacy of geologic mapping in a fascinating setting
by Peter Barkmann, Colorado Geological Survey


The May 2014 West Salt Creek landslide in Mesa County, Colorado
by Jonathan L. White, Senior Engineering Geologist, Colorado Geological Survey

MOANA and HOBITSS Ocean Bottom Seismic Experiments: Information on Deep Structure, Anisotropy, and Slow Slip beneath New Zealand
by Dr. Anne Sheehan, Professor of Geophysics, University of Colorado, Boulder

A 30-minute video: the C.H. Birdseye USGS surveying expedition down the length of the Grand Canyon, Aug 1 – Oct. 19, 1923
Documenting changes in the landscape and glaciers of Glacier Bay National Park by recreating historical photography
both presented by: Don Becker, Video Producer & Archive Manager, U.S. Geological Survey, Lakewood, CO

The Search for Earth-like Planets
Dr. Tom Barclay, NASA Ames Research Center and the Bay Area Environmental Research Institute, California

The development of the Rio Grande rift between 25-10 Ma based on low temperature thermochronology
by Shari Kelley, New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, New Mexico Tech, Socorro, NM

Field Methods Past and Present
by Jim Reed, Director of Research and Development, Rockware Incorporated.

The variability of hydrothermal ore deposits in the North American Cordilleran orogenic belt – insights into metallogeny from ore fluid analysis
by John Ridley, Department of Geosciences, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

Presidential address:  Heat Flow, Then and Now, Here and There
by Paul Morgan, Colorado Geological Survey


Correcting Ice Sheet Mass Balance for Refreezing of Infiltrated Surface Melt:  The Forgotten Grand Problem
by W. Tad Pfeffer

Evaluating the History of Vadose-Water Flow Through Yucca Mountain, Nevada, Using Secondary Hydrogenic Minerals – A Case for Slow and Steady
by James B. Paces, Ph.D.: USGS, Geoscience and Environmental Change Science Center, Denver, CO

Regional Analysis of Flood Hazards Along the Colorado Front Range
by John Pitlick, Profesor of Geography, University of Colorado, Boulder

The Mid-Wisconsin Human Colonization of North America:  A Call for Archaeological Investigations in Older Geological Deposits
by Steven R. Holen and Kathleen Holen, Center for American Paleolithic Research, Fort Collins, CO

In the Footsteps of the Early Bone Diggers: Locating Historic Photographic Sites in the Bridger Basin of Southwest Wyoming
by Emmett Evanoff, University of Northern Colorado

Student Night Participants and Presentations

Comparison of Economic Risk from Post-Wildfire Debris Flows at Three Sites in the Western United States
Kevin McCoy, Department of Geology and Geological Engineering, Colorado School of Mines

Changes in Morphology In and Around the North St. Vrain River Due to the September, 2013 Flood
Linda Glickstein, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Northern Colorado

A Landslide Risk Evaluation and Reduction Matrix for Lower Income Communities in Guatemala City
Ethan J. Faber, Department of Geology and Geological Engineering, Colorado School of Mines

Lava Lake Thermal Pattern Classification Using Self-Organizing Maps and Relationships to Eruption Processes at Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii
Amy M. Burzynski, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Northern Colorado

Geology of the North Amethyst Au-Ag Epithermal Deposit, Creede District, Colorado
Mario Guzman, Department of Geology and Geological Engineering, Colorado School of Mines,

Using Geochemical Indicators to Distinguish High Biogeochemical Activity in Sediments
Amy M. Kenwell, Department of Geology and Geological Engineering, Colorado School of Mines

20 Years After: A Brief Update on the Study of Telluride Minerals and Deposits
by Bruce Geller, Director of the Colorado School of Mines Museum

Continental glaciation: some remarkable impacts on the geomorphic and geologic record
by Scott Lundstrom, U.S. Geological Survey, 2014 CSS President