Dr. John Hopper, Assistant Professor of Geology and Geophysics at Texas A&M University, will present “Massive Volcanism During Earth’s History From Breaking Continents Apart” on Thursday, October 25, 7 p.m. in Fletcher 311. The event is free and open to the public.
“Anyone interested in Earth’s history and the way volcanoes occur when continents break apart should not miss the opportunity to hear Dr. Hopper’s lecture,” said Dr. Habte G. Churnet, UC Foundation Professor and head of the Department of Physics, Geology, And Astronomy.
MARGINS Distinguished Lectureship Program, funded by the National Science Foundation, and the UTC Geology Department are sponsors of this event.
Hopper’s work was described in the 2007-08 MARGINS Distinguished Lectureship Program brochure:
“How and why continents break apart to form new ocean basins is the cornerstone of John Hopper’s research. He uses seismic imaging methods and numerical modeling to understand the crustal and lithospheric structure of different tectonic settings to better understand the dynamic processes associated with how different regions evolve. He has studied rift processes in the North Atlantic around Greenland and Iceland, Newfoundland and Iberia, as well as NW Australia. Most recently, he has become involved in projects to unravel the tectonic history of Arctic Ocean basins.”