GeoPRISMS Distinguished Lecturer to speak at Marshall

The Geology Department will host Dr. Beatrice Magnani, Southern Methodist University seismology professor, on Friday Oct. 30, as part of the GeoPRISMS Distinguished Lectureship program.

Magnani will present a public lecture titled “The legacy of ancient plate boundaries in continental intraplate deformation” at 5 p.m. in the Memorial Student Center, Room BE5.  This public lecture will present educational and informative to all audiences; both non-geoscientists and geoscientists alike.

Magnani will give an additional talk earlier in the day, titled “From plate boundary to intraplate: understanding the role of paleotectonic structures in continental intraplate deformation” at 12:30 p.m. in Corbly Hall 117.  This talk will have a technical focus aimed at geoscientists, however, all are welcome to attend.

Magnani’s research focuses on seismic imaging of continents at various scales – from near surface to the entire lithosphere – to investigate the formation and evolution of continents and their geodynamics.  She earned her Ph.D. from Universita’ degli Studi di Perugia in Italy.  Her research interests include the structure and evolution of the passive margin of Eastern North America, seismic oceanography and seismic investigations in the Patagonian Andes.


GeoPRISMS (Geodynamic Processes at Rifting and Subducting Margins) is a scientific research community funded by the NSF focused on investigating the origin and evolution of continental margins.  The GeoPRISMS Distinguished Lectureship Program annually selects distinguished scientists working on advanced research through GeoPRISMs to visit and speak at U.S. colleges, universities, and other institutions to present technical and public lectures on topics related to tectonic processes of subduction and rifting.