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Geosciences Colloquium Liz Hajek presents “Measuring Landscape Dynamics in Sedimentary Deposits”

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 4:00pm
022 Deike

For our final Colloquium of the Spring 2019 Semester, Geosciences Associate Professor, Liz Hajek presents “Measuring Landscape Dynamics in Sedimentary Deposits” on Thursday, April 25th, at 4 PM in 022 Deike. A Speaker’s Coffee and Cookies Reception will immediate precede the talk at 3:45 PM in the EMS Museum on the ground floor of Deike.


More About Liz Hajek



Associate Professor

Department of Geosciences

Penn State University



B.A., Geology and Geography, Macalester College

M.S., Geology, University of Wyoming

Ph.D., Geology, University of Wyoming


Research Interests and Activities

Overall, Hajek’s research spans quantitative stratigraphy, sedimentary basin analysis, and autogenic processes in sedimentary systems. She uses the stratigraphic record to reconstruct past landscape conditions on Earth. Her research group focuses on learning about internal variability that occurs in different sedimentary environments and understanding how Earth’s surface responds to change. With a specific focus on ancient deposits, Hajek’s group often conducts fieldwork in places with excellent outcrop exposures of sedimentary rocks, including the western United States. Additionally, the group uses numerical and physical experiments and observations from modern depositional systems for further insight.


Prior to joining the Geosciences Faculty, Hajek was a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the University of Minnesota’s Department of Geology and Geophysics. She also was an Professional Intern at Exxon Mobile Upstream Research Company and Chevron Energy Technology Company. She has been recognized as an NSF CAREER grant recipient, with the 2016 EMS Wilson Award for Teaching Excellence, and as a Rudy Slingerland Early Career Assistant Professor. Hajek has been actively involved in the geosciences community at large, including, among others, the SEPTM (Society for Sedimentary Geology) Research Councilor, the Editorial Board of GEOLOGY, and the Technical Program Chair of the 11th International Conference on Fluvial Sedimentology. Hajek’s talk on “What Rivers Can Tell Us About The Earth’s History” was selected for a TEDxPSU talk and she has appeared on a NOVA documentary on Treasures of the Earth. She is the faculty mentor of Penn State’s American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Imperial Barrel Award Petroleum Exploration Team that has won the Eastern Section contest each time the team has participated and earned the prestigious Selly Cup in the international finals in 2015 and 2016.

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