2018-2019 GSA James B. Thompson, Jr. Distinguished International Lecturers

The lecture tours are made possible through a gift to the GSA Foundation by James B. Thompson, Jr., whose bequest contributed to the endowment of two lecture tours by distinguished geologists, one a non-North American scientist to tour academic and related institutions within North America, and the other a North American scientist to tour foreign universities and geological institutions. Both tours are arranged under the guidance of GSA International.

The GSA International committee selected Manfred R. Strecker (University of Potsdam) as the incoming speaker from outside of North America who will present seminars of broad geologic interest in a tour of selected academic and related institutions within North America. Holly A. Michael (University of Delaware) is the outgoing speaker from within North America who will present exciting and cutting edge geoscience research in a tour of foreign universities and geological institutions.

Holly A. Michael

Holly A. Michael

Associate Director for Interdisciplinary Initiatives, Delaware Environmental Institute
Associate Professor, Department of Geological Sciences; and
Unidel Fraser Russell Chair for the Environment, Department of Geological Sciences, College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment
University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, USA
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Holly Michael is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Geological Sciences and Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Delaware. She is also Associate Director for Interdisciplinary Initiatives for the Delaware Environmental Institute. She holds a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a PhD in Hydrology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research interests include water resource management, coastal hydrogeology, groundwater-surface water interactions, and geostatistics. Some of her current projects include investigating groundwater flow into estuaries, modeling groundwater salinization due to climate change, evaluating sustainability of arsenic-safe groundwater in Bangladesh, and application of experimental economics to groundwater resources.

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Manfred R. Strecker

Manfred R. Strecker

Professor of Geology
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
University Potsdam
Potsdam, Germany
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Although best known for his contributions to the tectonic geomorphology of the Central Andes, Manfred Strecker has made fundamental contributions to our understanding of tectonics, climate and landscape, in South America, the Himalayas, Tibet, Middle East, Europe and Africa. His research interests include evolution of tectonic stress fields; relationships between tectonics and climate, orographic barriers, associated erosion, sedimentation patterns and landscape evolution (Andes, Pamir, Himalaya, Anatolian Plateau); paleoseismology and active tectonics; earthquake-related natural hazards in Central Asia, Turkey and the Andes; structural history of rifts; geothermal resources in East Africa.

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