Qualifying Presentation Schedule

2024 Second Year Qualifying Presentations
All presentations will be both in-person (KGL 120) and on Zoom.

Lisa Freisem
Wednesday, April 10
2:00 pm
Major Discourse: Evolutionary Development of the Reptilian Brain
Minor Discourse: The Nature of the Schizochroal Eye in Phacopid Trilobites
Committee: Bhullar, Gauthier, Briggs, Hull
PREComm: Ague

Ayesha Ahmed
Tuesday, April 23
8:30 am
Major Discourse: Tracking Cation Liberation from Wollastonite
Minor Discourse: Using Radiocarbon Techniques to Quantify Soil Organic Carbon Turnover and Storage Rates in Agricultural Soils
Committee: Planavsky, Eisaman, Tarhan, Raymond (YSE)
PREComm: Brandon

Serena Yang
Wednesday, April 24
1:30 pm
Major Discourse: Impacts of Atmospheric Rivers on Surface Temperatures and Surface Heat Fluxes
Minor Discourse: Warming of the Tropical Indian and Pacific Oceans in Model Experiments
Committee: Lora, Fedorov, Timmermans, Wettlaufer
PREComm: Ague

Sooman Han
Tuesday, April 30
2:30 pm
Major Discourse: Investigatin Titan’s Planetary Boundary Layer Structure and Moisture
Minor Discourse: Unraveling the Key Parameters of ENSO Using a Nonlinear Stochastic Recharge Oscillator Approach
Committee: Lora, Fedorov, Timmermans, X. Lee (YSE)
PREComm: Briggs

Carey Ciaburri
Monday, May 6
9:00 am
Major Discourse: Re-Os Chronology and Systematics of Terrestrial and Extraterrestrial Materials
Minor Discourse: Invvestigating Enhanced Rock Weathering Efficacy Using Nd Isotope Tracers
Committee: Rooney, Planavsky, Ague, Wostbrock
PREComm: Karato

Chloe Kent
Tuesday, May 7
8:30 am
Major Discourse: Assessing the Risk of Cr (VI) Formation in Enhanced Rock Weathering Soils
Minor Discourse: Evaluating In-situ Toxic Element Remediation Techniques for Enhanced Rock Weathering Soils
Committee: Planavsky, Rooney, Tarhan, B. Kokar (ERDC)
PREComm: Wostbrock

Ashley Rivas
Tuesday, May 7
11:00 am
Major Discourse: The Role of Bioturbation in Early Paleozoic Patterns in Diversity, Productivity and Redox Evolution
Minor Discourse: Study of Kirkfield Formation Echinoderms and Implications for their Ecologies in Upper Ordovician Hardgrounds
Committee: Tarhan, Briggs, Hull, Rooney
PREComm: Planavsky

Steph Larsen
Thursday, May 9
8:30 am
Major Discourse: A Dynamic, Whole-Earth System Approach to Assessing the Causes of Atmospheric Oxygenation
Minor Discourse: Radiogenic Heating and Ultra-high Temperature Metamorphism: Elucidating on the Composition and Formation of Deep Continental Crust
Committee: Korenaga, Bercovici, Karato, Long
PREComm: Briggs

Sydney Riemer
Tuesday, May 14
1:00 pm
Major Discourse:  Phosphorus Weathering and Marine Nutrient Cycling During the Silurian-Devonian Rise of Vascular Land Plants
Minor Discourse: Preservation of Phosphatized Microfossils From Late Ediacaran Phosphorites Using In-Situ Trace Element Analyses
Committee: Tarhan, Blake, Briggs, Planavsky
PREComm: Wostbrock

Procedure: Student will give no more than a 40 minute presentation (30 minutes on the Major Discourse and 10 minutes on the Minor Discourse). This is immediately followed by brief period (approx. 5 minutes) of questions from the general audience.


Required: by the Advisor, Advisory Committee, DGS and PREcomm. 

Optional: Other interested faculty and students are invited to attend the presentation and the subsequent brief general-question period.

All are welcome to the presentation.  Only EPS and invited external faculty may attend the in-depth question period.