List of Speakers


Each seminar features an invited speaker followed by a discussion moderated by a WHOI scientist.

Date Speaker Topic
Feb. 5 Dr. Chris Kincaid, School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island The Life of Mantle Plumes
Feb. 12 Dr. Henry Dick & Jeff Standish, WHOI A Plate Driven Pseudo-Hotspot on the SW Indian Ridge
Feb. 19 Dr. Seth Stein, Northwestern University Where We Stand On Thermal Swells
Feb. 26 Dr. Dean Presnall, University of Texas Low Temperature Origin of Volcanism at Oceanic Ridges and Associated Hot Spots
March 4 Dr. James Natland, Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Sciences Fissure Control on pacific Volcanism Since 170 My
March 11 Dr. Shun-Ichiro Karato, Yale University Mineral physics meets geochemistry: A new mineral physics-based model of material circulation in Earth's mantle
March 18 Dr. Don Anderson, Caltech The Plate Paradigm; the General Theory of Plate Tectonics
March 25 Spring Break
April 1 Dr. Richard Allen, University of Wisconsin The Role of the Iceland Upwelling in North America Mantle Processes
April 8 Dr. Don Forsyth, Brown University Constraints on the origin of non-hotspot, intraplate volcanic ridges and cross-grain gravity lineations in the Pacific
April 15 Jian Lin, WHOI Weakness in oceanic lithosphere and hotspot volcanism
April 22

Richard Ernst,
Geological Survey of Canada

Large Igneous Provinces through time: implications for the plume vs. plate debate
April 29 Stan Hart, WHOI Geochemical Insights into the Secret Life of Plumes
May 6

Dr. Gillian Foulger, University Of Durham, UK

There is no plume under Iceland or anywhere else.
May 13 Dr. Robert Duncan, Oregon State University Hotspot Motion -- the Hawaiian-Emperor Chain Revisited.