EPSP Connects


EPSP Connects is a monthly seminar series that alternates between EPSP-related science talks and professional development panels.  All events are held virtually via Zoom, are open to all and free, and are typically held on the third Wednesday of the month. While we've launched EPSP Connects during the Covid 19 pandemic, we intend to continue these seminars on a monthly basis into whatever new normal emerges.

Each event requires advanced registration so we can provide a secure Zoom environment for talks. Select science talks will be made available online for a limited time at the discretion of the presenter, while professional development panels will will not be recorded in order to foster a safe space in which panelists and participants can share honest experiences and questions. The AGU Meeting Code of Conduct applies to this virtual meeting space . There will be zero tolerance for violations of this code. Violations will result in immediate ejection from the seminar, a filed report with AGU, and a ban from all future EPSP Connects events.

Next Event

Sea level, sediment, and soil chemical weathering: Transient behavior at source and sink

Date: 15 July 2020, 08:00 Pacific Time (check your local time)

Ken Ferrier (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

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Upcoming Seminars

(All seminars at 08:00 San Francisco, 11:00 New York, 17:00 Berlin, 23:00 Beijing. In the event of confusion, Pacific Standard/Daylight Time holds, check your local time relative to PST/PDT here)

July 15: Sea level, sediment, and soil chemical weathering: Transient behavior at source and sink
A science talk from Ken Ferrier (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Abstract: Changes in sea level are of wide interest because they affect many geomorphic features and geologic processes: they reshape coastlines, reorganize river networks, regulate sediment deposition and organic carbon burial, set the boundary condition for landscape evolution, and influence geodynamic and magmatic processes.  Here I review recent modeling work on the sensitivity of sea-level change to sediment erosion and deposition, with a focus on sites that are subject to rapid sediment redistribution.  Our simulations reveal complex fingerprints of sediment redistribution on sea-level change, with spatial and temporal variations in the magnitude and even the sign of sea-level responses.  Motivated by the observation that such changes can produce topographic changes that propagate to the tips of channel networks, I discuss new simulations of the coupled evolution of topography and soil chemistry in first-order basins.  These simulations show that soil chemical erosion rates can exhibit distinct responses to climatic and tectonic perturbations.  They further imply that hillslope length is the dominant control on the response time of soil chemical erosion rates, implying a potential control of climate, lithology, and biota on the lag time of solute exports from soil-mantled basins.  Together, these model results highlight feedbacks in the transient evolution of topography, sea level, and soil composition, and they illustrate some challenges in linking patterns in sedimentary sinks to transient changes at sedimentary sources.
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August 19: Productive work habits in grad school and beyond
A panel discussion on best practices for balancing academic productivity and mental health with panelists Jean Braun (GFZ-Potsdam), Anjali Fernandes (Denison), Doug Jerolmack (Penn), and Frances Rivera-Hernandez (Dartmouth/Georgia Tech). More info coming soon.
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September 16: Complex system response to external forcing in bedrock river networks
A science talk from Helen Beeson (ETH Zürich)
Registration available in mid August


Scott Feehan (University of Nevada Reno)
Claire Masteller
(Washington University in St. Louis)
Udita Mukherjee (Tulane University)
Joel Scheingross (University Nevada Reno)

Have a topic you want to see covered as part of our professional development series? Contact us using the above links. 

Past Events and Additional Webinars

Navigating Postdocs (click here for a summary of the discussion)
A discussion on best practices for applying to and getting the most out of postdocs, featuring panelists Corina Cerovski-Darriau (USGS), Noah Finnegan (UC Santa Cruz), Raleigh Martin (American Geosciences Institute), and Duna Roda-Boluda (GFZ-Potsdam) | Flyer 

The AGU Hydrology Section Study Subcommittee has an excellent series of applying for academic jobs and an upcoming (June 26) webinar on a Conference Crash Course.

GSA also has a webinar series on Career Development