College of Science Seminar

Upcoming Seminar

Please join us on Friday, March 22, for our next College of Science seminar. 

In-Person Location: ISB 130 (Seminar room on the ground floor of the ISB)
Virtually: Join us via Zoom: link (Password: 610657).

Friday, March 22 from 3PM - 4PM
Dr. Mike Wood
Assistant Professor at SJSU Moss Landing Marine Labs and Computer Science

Title: Ice melt and biological productivity at the edge of the Greenland ice sheet

Abstract: The Greenland ice sheet is the largest mass of ice in the northern Hemisphere, comprising more than 200 glaciers and enough ice to raise sea level by over 25 feet. In the past several decades, the ice sheet has been melting, contributing to sea level rise, and causing changes in biological productivity in the regional ocean around the ice sheet. In this talk, I will start by providing an overview of the main drivers of Greenland ice loss and uncertainties in our future projections of overall sea level rise. Next, I will highlight some of my recent observational and modeling work to better constrain future sea level projections resulting from Greenland ice melt. I will conclude my talk with a description of some new efforts to investigates changes in phytoplankton growth around the ice sheet and couple regional ocean models with biogeochemistry. This talk will highlight collaborations with scientists at all levels including SJSU CS/Math undergraduates, MLML graduate students, and scientists at MLML and NASA.


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Past Seminars

March 8, 2024, Dr. Saptarshi Sengupta, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, titled: Predicting Hard Drive Failures with Multi-Aspect Transformers

February 16, 2024, Dr. Kim Blisniuk, Associate Professor of Geology, titled: "What is earthquake geology? A journey through earthquake hazard and faults of the Bay Area through the eyes of an earthquake geologist"

February 9, 2024, Dr. Katherine Wilkinson, Professor of Biology, titled: "The Muscle Spindle: The Most Important Sensory Organ You’ve Never Heard Of"

November 3, 2023, Dr. Leila Khatib, Assistant Professor of Biology, titled: "Viral Surrogates and One Water California"

October 13, 2023, Dr. Siri Veland, Assistant Professor of Geology, titled: "Phasing out coal in carbon and coal intensive regions in Europe – where are the tipping points?"

September 29, 2023, Dr. Fred Larabee, Assistant Professor of Biology, titled: "Collections-based research on insect form and function at the J. Gordon Edwards Insect Museum"

September 15, 2023, Dr. Nick Esker, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, titled: "SJSU Targetry: Thin film chemistry to investigate nuclear reactions far from stability"

September 8, 2023, Dr. Fabio Di Troia, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, titled: "Generating Synthetic Malware Data for Zero-Day Detection"

August 25, 2023, Dr. Yan X Zhang, Associate Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, titled: "SJSU Student Success in Blockchain Research"

May 5, 2023, Dr. Ardem Patapoutian, Department of Neuroscience and an Investigator Howard Hughes Medical Institute, titled: "Grilione Seminar: How Do You Feel? The Molecules That Sense Touch"

April 14, 2023, Dr. Faranak Abri, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, titled: "Deception Detection and Social Engineering Attacks"

April 7, 2023, Dr. Carlie Pietsch, Assistant Professor of Geology, titled: "30 years of darkness and the long dawn of marine life’s recovery after the end-Cretaceous mass extinction"

March 10, 2023, Dr. Jon Jenkins, NASA Ames Research Center, titled: "Chasing Shadows in the Night: How NASA’s Kepler and TESS Missions Are Revolutionizing Exoplanet Science"

March 3, 2023, Dr. Brianne Gutmann, Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, titled: "Reframing physics student preparation: supporting conversation about ethics, science, and society in the classroom"

February 24, 2023, Dr. Susan Lambrecht, Professor of Biological Sciences, titled: "Rapid evolution in California native plants during a historic drought"

February 17, 2023, Dr. Minghui Diao, Associate Professor of Meteorology and Climate Science, titled: "Clouds and Aerosols – the Wildcards of Climate Change"

February 3, 2023, Dr. David Ensminger, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, titled: "Transgenerational impacts of stress in a wild caught lizard"

Fall 2022 Seminars

December 2, 2022, Dr. Michael Graham, Professor and Department Chair at SJSU Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, titled: "Food, clean oceans, and jobs: Is aquaculture our key to a sustainable future?"

November 18, 2022, Dr. Ellen Metzger, Professor in the Department of Geology and Science Education, titled: "The Geology of Henry Coe State Park: Combining Scientific Research with Public Outreach"

November 4, 2022, Dr. Chandralekha Singh, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pittsburgh, titled: "Promoting equity and inclusion in STEM teaching and learning". Please contact Jon ( for a link to the recording and additional resources of the seminar.

October 21, 2022, Dr. Maya deVries, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, titled: "Trophic relationships in the benthos: feeding morphology and ecology of macroinvertebrates"

October 14, 2022, Dr. Hilary Hurst, Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy, titled: "The Second Quantum Revolution - Building A Robust Quantum Ecosystem in the Lab and in the Classroom"

September 30, 2022, Dr. Nate Bogie, Assistant Professor in the Department of Geology, titled:  “Plant Feedbacks on Soil Hydrology in Agroecosystems from the Sacramento Valley to the Sahel”

September 23, 2022, Dr. Gianmarc Grazioli, Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry, titled:  “Exploring mechanisms of molecular assembly and disassembly using computer simulations and machine learning”

September 9, 2022, Dr. Katerina Potika, Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science, titled: "Easy breezy network analysis: community detection".

September 2, 2022, Dr. Ben Carter, Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, title: "Modern day solutions to age-old questions in the study of plant distributions".

August 26, 2022, Dr. Julio Soto, Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, title: "Strategies that improve undergraduate students' success".