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March Virtual Meeting
Following in the Footsteps of Charles Darwin: Combining History and Geology to Assess Earthquake and Tsunami Hazards
Presented by: Dr. Lisa L. Ely, Department of Geological Science, Central Washington University
The young explorer, Charles Darwin, experienced a large earthquake in Chile during his world-wide voyage on The Beagle, which led him to make some of the earliest scientific observations of the geological effects of earthquakes. Our team of geologists followed Darwin’s footsteps to the region of central Chile that was struck by this historical earthquake in 1835, and again by another devastating earthquake in 2010. The well-documented earthquakes and tsunamis in Chile provide examples of how geology, archaeology, and historical documents can be combined to better understand earthquake hazards in similar regions around the world.
Speaker Bio: Dr. Lisa Ely
Dr. Lisa Ely is a Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences at Central Washington University, where she has been a faculty member since 1994. She received her B.S. from Principia College in Illinois, M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Arizona, and an NSF Post-doctoral Fellowship at the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Ely’s research interests are Geomorphology and Quaternary Geology, specifically fluvial geomorphology, tsunami deposits, paleofloods, and other natural hazards. Her recent research projects include tsunami deposits in Chile and elsewhere, long-term links between floods and climate, and the effects of large wood in river channels.
Message from the Chair
Happy March Oregon Chapter.
After most of the snow has melted from last month, I caught a nice sunny day outside and saw some daffodil and crocus blooming. For me, these are the first signs of spring and the promise of brighter and warmer days. It feels like a light at
the end of this virtual tunnel.
Our talk with Shawn Rapp (ODOT) last month was very informative. Not only did Shawn present a ton of information on ODOT Hazardous Materials operations and Clean Fill Determinations, but as Shawn lost power at the office, we found out
what it’s like to be in a two-geologist household from his wife Beth Rapp (GeoPacific Engineering, Inc.) who was online from home.
Our March talk will be by Professor Dr. Lisa Ely from Central Washington University titled “Following in the Footsteps of Charles Darwin: Combining History and Geology to Assess Earthquake and Tsunami Hazards.” In April John Seward, PE, GE. (Oregon Department of Forestry, Retired) will be presenting on coastal debris flow events and in May we will have our annual Student Night.
The Oregon Chapter Board is in need of a few volunteers. Please contact myself or any other board member if you have an hour or two every month that you could donate to help with Chapter operations. Being a part of the team is a great way to
be involved in your profession and expand your network of friends and colleagues. Our chapter has been run by volunteers since 1965. For the last 56 years 1 or 2 AEG Oregon members have stepped up to keep things going. Now it could be your turn to stand on the shoulders of giants. Or really, it’s a bunch of normal sized people in more like a human pyramid.
Be careful out there and keep yourself out of trouble.
AEG Oregon Chapter Chair
Interested in presenting for the oregon chapter?
The Oregon Chapter is looking for great topics and presenters to provide content to share with the chapter. As we continue to navigate the virtual world, we will be holding the next foreseeable meetings through webinars. We currently have opportunities to present in November and December. Please consider presenting your exciting project to the Oregon Chapter. We look forward to hearing from all of you and especially appreciative of those willing to present to the Chapter. If you are interested in presenting please feel free to contact any board member. Our contact information is at the end of the newsletter.
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