EarthScope Distinguished Speaker Program to host research associate from Maryland at Marshall


The Geology Department will host Dr. Melodie French, a University of Maryland research associate, on Thursday, Nov. 12, as part of the EarthScope Distinguished Speaker Program.

French will present a public lecture titled “Sampling the San Andreas Fault at depth: lessons in fault mechanics from continental drilling” from 5 to 6 p. m.  in the Memorial Student Center, Room BE5.

This public lecture presentation will be educational and informative to all audiences, both non-geoscientists and geoscientists alike.

Earlier in the day, French will give a talk, “Creep and seismicity along the central segment of the San Andreas Fault” from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Drinko Library, room 402.  This talk will have a technical focus aimed at geoscientists; however, everyone is welcome to attend.

French’s research focuses on the evolution and structure of fault zones in order to better understand the associated seismic hazard.  She earned her B.A from Oberlin College, a M.S. from the University of Wisconsin and a Ph.D. from Texas A & M.

EarthScope is a scientific research initiative funded by the NSF focused on investigating the deep geologic exploration of the North American continent and obtaining a better understanding of processes within the Earth.  The EarthScope Distinguished Speaker Program annually selects distinguished scientists working on advanced research to visit and speak at U.S. colleges, universities, and other institutions, presenting technical and public lectures on topics related EarthScope projects and initiatives.