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Distinguished Lecturer Series

The Distinguished Lecturer Series (DLS) is an educational program that was sponsored from 1991 to 2004 by the U.S. Science Support Program (USSSP) in the Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) to provide undergraduate and graduate students, educators, researchers, and the geosciences community at large with fundamental new information about earth processes and the latest ODP results. As of 2005, DLS disseminates the latest results of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP), the successor program to ODP. For current information about this program, please see

ODP Distinguished Lecturers (PDF | enlarged JPG):

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Year 1: 1991-1992 Academic Year

    Dr. Robert Duncan, Oregon State University
    The life cycle of hotspots: From flood basalts to oceanic volcanoes [Abstract]

    Dr. Margaret Leinen, University of Rhode Island
    Modes and rhythms in global climate change: The evidence from Ocean Drilling [Abstract]

    Dr. James Ingle, Stanford University
    The birth and death of the Japan Sea: Evidence from drilling the edge of the Pacific [Abstract]

    Dr. David W. Scholl, U.S. Geologic Survey
    Deep-sea drilling confirms and evaluates non-accretionary and erosion processes at subduction zones [Abstract]

Year 2: 1992-1993 Academic Year

    Dr. Janet Haggerty, University of Tulsa
    The Cretaceous through Cenozoic history of the Atolls and Guyots of the West Central Pacific [Abstract]

    Dr. J. Casey Moore, University of California, Santa Cruz
    Investigating the plumbing of accretionary prisms using JOIDES Resolution, Alvin, and a rock hammer [Abstract]

    Dr. Susan Humphris, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
    Hydrothermal systems of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge [Abstract]

    Dr. Warren Prell, Brown University
    Evolution of the Indian Ocean Monsoon: Results from ODP drilling and climate modeling [Abstract]

    Dr. James Kennett, University of California, Santa Barbara
    Cenozoic climate change: Paleoceanography and event stratigraphy [Abstract]

    Dr. Robert Zierenberg, U.S. Geologic Survey
    Seafloor hydrothermal systems on the Gorda and Juan de Fuca Ridges: Implications for the formation of massive sulfide deposits [Abstract]

Year 3: 1993-1994 Academic Year

    Dr. Sherman Bloomer, Boston University
    Early Arc Volcanism and the Ophiolite Problem: Evidence from Ocean Drilling in Western Pacific Arcs and Fore-Arcs

    Dr. Kathryn Gillis, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
    Hydrothermal Systems at Mid-Ocean Ridges: A View of the Crustal Component by Deep Sea Drilling

    Dr. Roger Larson, University of Rhode Island
    The Mid-Cretaceous Superplume Episode and its Geological Consequences

    Dr. David Rea, University of Michigan
    Terrigenous Sediment Delivery to the Deep Sea: A Record of Mountain Uplift, Climate Change, or Sea Level?

    Dr. Brian Taylor, University of Hawaii
    The Tectonic Evolution of Volcanic Systems in Island Arcs and Back-Arc Basins

    Dr. James Zachos, University of California, Santa Cruz
    The Early Cenozoic Transition from a Greenhouse to an Icehouse World: A Deep Sea Perspective

Year 4: 1994-1995 Academic Year

    Dr. Keir Becker, University of Miami
    Probing, packing, and CORKing the mysteries of submarine hydrothermal systems: Results of special ODP downhole experiments

    Dr. Mike Coffin, University of Texas at Austin
    Large igneous provinces on the terrestrial planets: A perspective from oceanic plateaus and volcanic passive margins

    Dr. Kenneth Miller, Rutgers University
    Sea level and sequences reflected on the New Jersey Margin: Results of ODP Leg 150 and the New Jersey Coastal Plain Drilling Project

    Dr. Terry Plank, Cornell University
    The ins and outs of arc volcanoes: Sediment recycling at subduction zones

    Dr. Maureen Raymo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Cenozoic evolution of global climate: Mountains and Milankovitch

    Dr. Dale Sawyer, Rice University
    Rifted continental margins: Ocean drilling looks at the interplay of tectonics and magmatism

Year 5: 1995-1996 Academic Year

    Dr. Jack Casey, University of Houston
    Mid-Ocean Ridge processes and the formation of MORB: A view from oceanic mantle and plutonic complexes

    Dr. Bobb Carson, Lehigh University
    Subduction zone dewatering: Seafloor hydrogeology on the Cascadia Margin

    Dr. William Curry, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
    Climate and deep ocean connections: Drilling results from the equatorial Atlantic

    Dr. Mary Anne Holmes, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
    Paleosols from the deep sea: ODP's dirty little secrets

    Dr. Miriam Kastner, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
    Fluids in subduction zones: A record of the interplay between tectonics, geochemistry, fluid flow, and expulsion

    Dr. William Normark, U.S. Geological Survey
    The Amazon Deep Sea Fan: High-resolution environmental records from rapidly deposited turbidite sequences

Year 6: 1996-1997 Academic Year

    Dr. Henry Dick, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
    The formation of magmas and evolution of the oceanic mantle

    Dr. Andrew Fisher, University of California at Santa Cruz
    Measurements, models, and mysteries: Fluid flow and permeability within the upper oceanic crust

    Dr. Michael Howell, University of South Carolina, Columbia
    Eastern Meditteranean sapropels: The interplay between productivity, basin hydrography, and climate

    Dr. Michael Mottl, University of Hawaii at Manoa
    Massive hydrothermal circulation of seawater through mid-ocean ridge flanks: Insights from ocean drilling

    Dr. Suzanne O'Connell, Wesleyan University
    North Atlantic thermohaline circulation and climate change: A deep sea perspective

    Dr. Charles Paull, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
    Natural gas hydrates and ODP Leg 164: Sampling an ephemeral phase

Year 7: 1997-1998 Academic Year

    Dr. James Austin, Jr., University of Texas at Austin
    Global sea-level fluctuations: ODP's inaugural expedition to the New Jersey continental shelf [Abstract]

    Dr. Margaret Delaney, University of California, Santa Cruz
    Nutrients and ocean history: A focus on phosphorus [Abstract]

    Dr. Gregor Eberli, University of Miami
    Sea-level changes: The pulses of sedimentation on carbonate platform margins [Abstract]

    Dr. Deborah Kelley, University of Washington
    Volatile-fluid evolution in submarine magma-hydrothermal systems [Abstract]

    Dr. Larry Peterson, University of Miami
    Climate change in the tropical Atlantic: Clues to patterns and processes from the Cariaco Basin [Abstract]

    Dr. Haraldur Sigurdsson, University of Rhode Island
    Global episodes of explosive volcanism: Evidence from ODP Leg 165 [Abstract]

Year 8: 1998-1999 Academic Year

    Dr. Jim Channell, University of Florida
    Geomagnetic paleointensity records from the North Atlantic: applications to stratigraphy and geochronology

    Dr. Richard Norris, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
    Aftermath of the Apocalypse: The K-T extinction and recovery of marine ecosystems

    Dr. Julie Morris, Washington University
    Getting sedimental about subduction

    Dr. Hilary Clement Olson, University of Texas Institute for Geophysics
    Using sequence biostratigraphy to understand sea-level change on the New Jersey Margin

    Dr. Rick Murray, Boston University
    Assessing marine-terrestrial links: The ODP record of Panamanian uplift, Caribbean tectonics, and Andean orogeny

    Dr. Peter deMenocal, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
    African climate change and human evolution: constraints from the deep-sea

Year 9: 1999-2000 Academic Year

    Dr. Rodey Batiza, University of Hawaii
    Building the Ocean Crust: Easy as 1, 2, 3? [Abstract]

    Dr. Steven D'Hondt, University of Rhode Island
    Recovery from the Cretaceous-Tertiary Mass Extinction [Abstract]

    Dr. Jeffrey Gee, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
    Magnetization of the Oceanic Crust: Applications to Crustal Formation and Earth's Magnetic Field [Abstract]

    Dr. Gregory Moore, University of Hawaii
    Deformation and Fluid Flow in Subduction Zones: Toward an Understanding of the Seismogenic Zone [Abstract]

    Dr. Ana Christina Ravelo, University of California, Santa Cruz
    The Link between Ocean Circulation and Global Warmth of the Early Pliocene [Abstract]

    Dr. Carolyn Ruppel, Georgia Institute of Technology
    Gas Hydrates in Continental Margins [Abstract]

Year 10: 2000-2001 Academic Year

    Dr. Timothy Bralower, University of North Carolina
    "It was the Best of Times, It was the Worst of Times": Biotic Consequences of the Late Paleocene Thermal Maximum [Abstract]

    Dr. Eugene Domack, Hamilton College
    Late Quaternary Sedimentation in Antarctica's Palmer Deep [Abstract]

    Dr. Martin Fisk, Oregon State University
    Microbes Beneath the Ocean Floor and the Possibility of Extraterrestrial Life [Abstract]

    Dr. Garry Karner, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
    The Paradox of Low-Angle Crustal Faulting and Rupturing of Continents [Abstract]

    Dr. Delia Oppo, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
    Millennial Scale Climate Variability in the North Atlantic [Abstract]

    Dr. John Tarduno, University of Rochester
    Motion of the Hawaiian Hotspot During Formation of the Emperor Seamounts [Abstract]

Year 11: 2001-2002 Academic Year

    Dr. Robert Dunbar, Stanford University
    Southern Ocean Impacts on Global Climate: Clues from the Antarctic Margin [Abstract]

    Dr. David Hodell, University of Florida
    Late Pleistocene Evolution of the Ocean's Carbonate System: A Serendipitous Result from ODP Leg 177 [Abstract]

    Dr. W. Steven Holbrook, University of Wyoming
    Methane Hydrates: Boon or Bane? [Abstract]

    Dr. John Mahoney, University of Hawaii
    The Nature, Origin, and Fate of a Giant Oceanic Plateau: Ontong Java Plateau [Abstract]

    Dr. Lisa Tauxe, University of California, San Diego
    Hunting the Earth's Magnetic Field [Abstract]

    Dr. Michael Underwood, University of Missouri
    Subduction Zone Megathrusts: Why Stratigraphy and Sedimentology Matter [Abstract]

Year 12: 2002-2003 Academic Year

    Dr. Barbara Bekins, US Geological Survey
    The Subduction Squeegee [Abstract]

    Dr. Gerald R. Dickens, Rice University
    Extreme Climates and Frozen Methane: The Global Carbon Cycle with Gas Hydrate [Abstract]

    Dr. Patricia Fryer, University of Hawaii
    Windows on Subduction Zone Processes [Abstract]

    Dr. Alan Mix, Oregon State University
    The Icy Poles or the Muggy Equator: What Drives Natural Climate Change? [Abstract]

    Dr. Gregory Mountain, Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory
    The Ups and Downs of Determining Ancient Sea Level Change [Abstract]

    Dr. David C. Smith, University of Rhode Island
    Life in Marine Sediments: Probing the Limits of Earth's Deep Biosphere [Abstract]

Year 13: 2003-2004 Academic Year

    Dr. Ruth E. Blake, Yale University
    The Deep Biosphere: Microbes in the Mud [Abstract]

    Dr. Steven C. Clemens, Brown University
    Solar Forcing or Climate System Feedbacks: Who's the Boss of Plio-Pleistocene Variations in Asian Monsoon Strength? [Abstract]

    Dr. Fred Frey, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Formation of the Kerguelen Large Igneous Province, Gondwana Breakup, Lost Continents and Growth of the Indian Ocean [Abstract]

    Dr. Mitchell Lyle, Boise State University
    The Pacific Ocean and Climatic Change, from Eocene Extreme Warmth to Pleistocene Glacial Cycles [Abstract]

    Dr. Julia K. Morgan, Rice University
    Marine Sediments Go To Prism [Abstract]

    Dr. Paul Wallace, University of Oregon
    Formation and Environmental Effects of Giant Oceanic Plateaus [Abstract]

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