R806 Winter 2020 Our Dynamic Planet and Our Environment, Part 5
Mondays, 11:50–1:15, Jan. 27–Feb. 17
Instructors: James McNeal, Lynn Wingard
This series will focus on topics of primary importance today in understanding the dynamics of the earth, its climate, its minerals, and how they relate to our world.
- Jan. 27: Global Changes over the History of the Earth. Jim McNeal. This class will cover past global changes in the earth and see how they relate to potential future global changes.
- Feb. 3: Climate, Sea Level, and People—the Pace of Change on South Florida’s Coast. Lynn Wingard, research geologist with the US Geological Survey (USGS). The instructor will discuss her research.
- Feb. 10: This Dynamic Planet. Jim McNeal. An overview of the structure of the earth and plate tectonic forces that shaped the continents and ocean basins—earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, and coastal erosion.
- Feb. 17: Critical Materials for Today’s High Technology World—their sources, supply issues, recycling, and potential environmental impacts. Jim McNeal. Materials will include helium, lithium, mercury, phosphate, rare-earth elements, and tellurium.
has a PhD in geochemistry from Penn State. He was a research geologist with the USGS for 37 years. He is currently a scientist emeritus with the USGS and a docent at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and he has taught several OLLI classes.
G. Lynn Wingard
has a BS in geology/biology from the College of William & Mary, an MS in geology from George Washington University and a PhD in geology from George Washington University. Since 1991 she has worked as a research geologist, at the U.S. Geological Survey, focusing on the application of paleoecologic techniques to the interpretation of Holocene marine and estuarine ecosystems.Other research interests include Mesozoic and Cenozoic molluscan paleontology, paleoecology, and biostratigraphy of the Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plains, and molluscan ecology and taxonomy.