AGU College of Fellows Distinguished Lecturers

Distinguished Lecture Series: Program Overview 

The AGU College of Fellows has developed a Distinguished Lecture Series program to connect AGU Fellows with students and scholars from across the globe. The lectures provide a high-level synthesis of specific fields for general science audience and focus on grand challenges and societal impacts. Participating AGU Fellows deliver a live, virtual lecture (~45 minutes). Each lecture ends with a broad-based question-and-answer session on the excitement and gratification of doing research in geophysical science. There will also be opportunities for speakers to host meet and greet sessions either before or after the event to allow more time to connect with students. Speakers are available to present at interested institutions at no charge. 

The current speakers (listed below, by scientific neighborhood) are available for the 2023/2024 academic year, starting in August of 2023. A new slate of speakers will be available for the 2024/2025 academic year.

For more information about the program, and prior to completing a request form, please visit our FAQ page. To request a lecture, please complete a speaker request form.

Beyond Earth



Abstract Title

Atmospheric and Space Electricity (ASE)

Joseph R. Dwyer

High-Energy Emissions from Thunderstorms and Lightning

Space Physics and Aeronomy (SPA)

Sarah E. Gibson

Beyond Flatland: A Star of Many Dimensions

Earth Covering



Abstract Title

Atmospheric Sciences (AS)

Emily V. Fischer

Wildfires and Air Quality in a Warming World

Atmospheric Sciences (AS)

Brian Soden

The Water Cycle in a Changing Climate

Biogeosciences (B)

Ariel D. Anbar

The Science of Living Worlds

Cryosphere (C)

Tandong Yao

The Asian Water Tower Under Global Warming

Earth and Planetary Surface Processes (EPSP)

Jim Best

The Future of the World’s Great Rivers: 
Anthropogenic Stresses, Impacts and Possible Solutions

Hydrology (H)

Upmanu Lall

The past, present and future of water in the Americas

Hydrology (H)

Yan Zheng

The Story of Groundwater: Think Globally, Act Locally

Ocean Sciences (OS)

Virginia (Ginger) Armbrust

The Hidden Worlds of Marine Microbes

Ocean Sciences (OS)

Robert H. (Bob) Weisberg

From Climate to Ecology: Why We Study the Ocean Circulation

Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology (PP)

Jessica E. Tierney

Past Climates Inform our Future

Earth Interior



Abstract Title

Geodesy (G)

Zuheir Altamimi

Definition and Realizations of Terrestrial Reference Systems Application to the International Terrestrial Reference System and Frame

Geomagnetism, Paleomagnetism, and Electromagnetism (GPE)

Barbara A. Maher

Icebergs, Monsoons, Human Brains; Magnetism is Everywhere

Mineral and Rock Physics (MRP)

Thomas Duffy

Journey to the Center of a Super-Earth

Seismology (S)

Ruth A. Harris

Understanding Earthquakes and How They Behave

Study of Earth's Deep Interior (SEDI)

Dominique Weis 

Mantle Plumes as Compositional Probes of Earth’s Interior

Tectonophysics (T)

Cynthia Ebinger 

Time and Length Scales of Rifting Processes

Volcanology, Geochemistry, and Petrology (VGP)

Jeffrey Vervoort

The Growth of Earth’s Earliest Crust

Science Nexus



Abstract Title

Education (E)

Kim A. Kastens

Geoscience Education Research: What it is and Why it Matters

GeoHealth (GH)

Rita R. Colwell

Oceans, Climate, and Human Health: Predicting Cholera During Climate Change

Informatics (I)

David Tarboton

Towards collaboration enabled by findable, accessible interoperable and reusable information and computing

Near-Surface Geophysics (NSG)

Estella A. Atekwana 

Biogeophysics: Geophysical Sensors for Biogeochemical Hotspots and the Search for Life

Nonlinear Geophysics (NG)

Shaun Lovejoy 

The Future of Climate Models