Science Pub Eugene
|Date: Dec. 13, 2012||Time: 7:00pm||Located at: Cozmic: 199 W. 8th Ave., Eugene|
|Who is this for: All Ages||Cost: $5 suggested cover charge. No RSVP or tickets required.|
"Cataclysms on the Columbia: The Great Missoula Floods"
Occurring as many as 40 times during the last ice age, the Missoula Floods were one of the greatest sets of geological events to ever have occurred in North America. Triggered by waters released from ancient Lake Missoula, these powerful onslaughts scoured the Columbia River basin, carved out the Columbia River Gorge, and swept across at least 16,000 square miles of the Pacific Northwest. At this Science Pub, hear the incredible story of discovery, learn about J Harlen Bretz’s development of the idea of the floods, and participate in a discussion about their effect on the Willamette Valley landscape and surrounding areas.
Scott Burns, PhD, is a professor of geology and past chair of the Department of Geology at Portland State University where he has taught for nearly 20 years. Dr. Burns specializes in environmental and engineering geology, geomorphology, soils, and quaternary geology. In Oregon, his projects involve landslides and land use, environmental cleanup of service stations, slope stability, earthquake hazard mapping, the Missoula Floods, paleosols, loess soil stratigraphy, radon generation from soils, and the distribution of heavy metals and trace elements in Oregon soils and alpine soil development. He has won many awards for outstanding teaching including the Distinguished Faculty Award from the Portland State Alumni Association in 2001 and the George Hoffmann Award from PSU in 2007. He has authored more than 90 publications and received more than 25 research grants. Dr. Burns actively helps local TV and radio stations and newspapers bring important geological news to the public and, for the past 40 years, has been studying wine and terroir—the relationship between wine, soils, geology, and climate.