Event Date: Thursday, October 25
Event Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Shelby Auditorium

Seminars set up by University Programs faculty cover a variety of topics throughout the year. Students on and off campus are invited to attend to learn more about what is happening in the marine science community. Topics include oysters, restoration, hypoxia, and more. The majority of seminars are streamed live and archived to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab YouTube channel.

Talk: Briding the gap from polar ice loss to coastal impacts: A case for using paleo-records to improve coastal resiliency

Host: Dr. Just Cebrian

Dr. Rebecca Minzoni's research is driven by the impacts of historic climate change; she strives to better understand recent observations within a geologic context.  Her primary field area is in marine basins of Antarctica, where she reconstructs the behavior of tidewater glaciers from sediment cores, diatom microfossils, and geophysical data.  Analyzing regional differences in glacial behavior will help elucidate controls on their stability, including internal glacial dynamics, drainage basin size, orography, oceanographic conditions, and climate.  Understanding these controls can help us better predict glacial responses to ongoing climate and oceanographic changes.

She is also interested in flooding history and storm impacts in the Gulf of Mexico region, and specifically how climate and land use changes affect coastal environments.  Sedimentology, algal bloom records, and geochemical signatures of sediment cores collected from bays that drain major metropolitan areas are used to identify and compare post-industrial vs. natural Holocene flooding history.

Following her experience in industry, she is fascinated by paleoenvironments of the ancient Gulf of Mexico, namely the Jurassic aeolian Norphlet Fm.  She is currently pursuing research on core and log datasets from the Alabama region with the Center for Sedimentary Basin Studies. The aim is to integrate core lithofacies with petrofacies to better predict paleoenvironments and reservoir quality at the regional scale.

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