2015 GSA Thompson International Distinguished Lecturers

The 2015 GSA Thompson International Lecture Tours are made possible through a gift to the GSA Foundation by James B. Thompson, Jr., whose bequest contributed to the endowment of two lecture tours by distinguished geologists, one a non-North American scientist to tour academic and related institutions within North America, and the other a North American scientist to tour foreign universities and geological institutions. Both tours are arranged under the guidance of GSA International.

Stefano Lugli

Stefano Lugli, Ph.D.

University of Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italy

Stefano Lugli is a Professor of Geology at the University of Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italy. His recent projects regard the geology of evaporite deposits and the geoarcheology of ancient sites. He has authored or co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed professional articles on a wide range of topics involving evaporite and travertine sedimentology, petrography and geochemistry (China, Greece, Cyprus, Italy, Israel, Spain), the archeometry of Roman mosaics and historic building (including Pompeii in Italy, Greece and Jordan) and the geoarcheology of buried sites since the Bronze Age (including the Medieval World Heritage UNESCO site of Modena).

Professor Lugli is currently planning a tour of Northeastern Universities in the month of November and Pacific Northwestern Universities during the months of April or May 2016.

Lisa L. Ely

Lisa L. Ely, Ph.D.

Central Washington University, USA

Lisa L. Ely is a Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences at Central Washington University, where she has been a faculty member since 1994. She received her B.S. from Principia College in Illinois (1982); M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Arizona (1992); and an NSF Post-doc at Pennsylvania State University (1992-94). Dr. Ely’s research interests are in Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology, specifically fluvial geomorphology, tsunami deposits, paleoflood hydrology, and catastrophic events. Some of her recent research projects include tsunami deposits in Chile and India, long-term links between climate change and large floods, bedrock canyon evolution, geomorphic effects of natural and man-made dams, and sediment transport processes in gravel-bed rivers. As a member of the Geological Society of America, she has served as Division Chair and on the Management Board of the Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division, as well as on several award and program planning committees.

Professor Ely is currently planning a lecture tour that includes South American universities in Chile, Ecuador, and Peru in November 2015; and a second tour to Mexico, central America and the Caribbean in April or May 2016.

More about Dr. Ely in July 2016 GSA Today.