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Interior of the Earth (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

The Structure, Properties and Evolution of Plate Boundaries


June 6-7, 2015


Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA


Heather A. Ford

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on 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 meeting is related to the better understanding of the structure, physical properties, dynamics/tectonics, and evolution of all plate boundaries, from the micro- to the macro-scale. Contributions are encouraged from (but not limited to) those in the fields of tectonics, geodynamics, petrology, geochemistry, mineral physics, paleo-magnetism, and seismology.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Interior of the Earth" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Final Meeting Program

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: Gaining a Better Understanding of Plate Boundaries
Discussion Leader: Rohan Kundargi (Boston University, USA)
3:45 pm - 4:25 pmSusan Beck (University of Arizona, USA)
"New Seismic Images of the Subducting Nazca Slab and Surrounding Mantle Beneath the Central Andes: Implications for Slab Morphology and Hydrous Mantle Transition Zone"
4:25 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmCharacterizing Plate Boundaries
Discussion Leader: S. Shawn Wei (Washington University in St. Louis, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:45 pmHsin-Hua Huang (University of Utah / California Institute of Technology, USA)
"The Yellowstone Magmatic System from the Upper Crust to the Mantle Plume"
7:45 pm - 7:55 pmDiscussion
7:55 pm - 8:10 pmMiles Bodmer (University of Oregon, USA)
"Seismic Anisotropy of the Juan de Fuca Plate System and Upper Mantle Reorganization Beneath the Gorda: Constraints from SKS Shear-Wave Splitting"
8:10 pm - 8:20 pmDiscussion
8:20 pm - 8:35 pmCaroline Eakin (University of Southampton / National Oceanography Centre, United Kingdom)
"Deformation Within the Subducted Slab from Seismic Anisotropy"
8:35 pm - 8:45 pmDiscussion
8:45 pm - 9:00 pmEmily Hopper (Brown University, USA)
"Imaging Accretionary Structures in the Crust and Mantle of the Southeastern U.S.A."
9:00 pm - 9:10 pmDiscussion
9:10 pm - 9:25 pmSamuel Howell (University of Hawaii, Manoa, USA)
"Variations in Magmatic and Tectonic Extension at the Chile Ridge"
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amPlate Boundary Processes
Discussion Leader: Grant Bybee (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa)
9:00 am - 9:15 amJuliane Dannberg (Texas A&M University, USA)
"3D Compressible Melt Transport with Adaptive Mesh Refinement"
9:15 am - 9:25 amDiscussion
9:25 am - 9:40 amKei Shimizu (Brown University, USA)
"The Generation of MORB and the Volatile Contents of the Heterogeneous Upper Mantle"
9:40 am - 9:50 amDiscussion
9:50 am - 10:05 amAdam Holt (University of Southern California, USA)
"The Dynamics of Double Slab Subduction"
10:05 am - 10:15 amDiscussion
10:15 am - 10:30 amMaxim Ballmer (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)
"The Influence of Mantle Flow on Mid-Ocean Ridge Melting and Off-Axis Volcanism"
10:30 am - 10:40 amDiscussion
10:40 am - 10:55 amZachary Eilon (Columbia University, USA)
"The Importance of Grain Size to Mantle Dynamics and Seismological Observations: A Multidisciplinary Approach"
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: Communication in the Earth Sciences
Panel discussion on effective communication, with emphasis on publishing and communication in the 21st century.
Discussion Leader: Emily Chin (Brown University, USA)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"Communication in the Earth Sciences: A Professor's and Editor's Perspective"
  • Brent Grocholski (American Association for the Advancement of Science, USA)
  • Nicholas Schmerr (University of Maryland, USA)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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