The End of the World As We Know It - 2/27
In a discussion of Good Morning, Midnight, Associate Professor of Geological Science at Lewis & Clark College, Dr. Liz Safran, will explore the recurrent theme of apocalypse in environmental thinking.
Dr. Safran is a geomorphologist — a geologist who considers how landscapes evolve.
“I was first drawn into geology through a class taught by Stephen Jay Gould, with the modest title of “The History of Earth and of Life,” she says. “Once I learned that field trips and camping were required elements of the geology major, I was hooked.”
She concerns herself with how landscapes are shaped by processes, like landsliding or river incision, that mobilize and redistribute material at Earth’s surface. Her projects have largely focused on how rivers carve down through bedrock in a variety of settings, ranging from the Bolivian Andes, to the Laramide Region of the continental interior U.S., to the uplifted volcanic plateaus of eastern Oregon’s high desert.
She has been at Lewis & Clark College since 2000.
Dr. Safran earned a B.A. at Harvard University, a M.S at the University of Washington and a Ph.D. at the University of California at Santa Barbara.