John Wesley Powell Center for Analysis and Synthesis : Fall Seminar Series


The John Wesley Powell Center is pleased to announce the inaugural session of its new seminar series, which will include three sessions each in the fall and the spring. The Fall 2018 sessions will occur on the first Wednesday of September, October, and November at 1:00 pm ET. You may gather in person in Room 2A405 in the USGS building in Reston or Room 2500 in Building 810 on the Denver Federal Center, or join online at

The topics, speakers and dates are below. We hope you can join us!   


Forecasting River Corridor Functions at a National Scale

September 5th, 1 pm ET 
Presented by:  Jud Harvey, USGS

Dr. Jud Harvey investigates groundwater and surface water interactions and its effects on contaminants and aquatic ecosystems from the mountains to the sea. He has served on committees of the National Research Council, EPA’s Science Advisory Board, the Canadian Government’s Science Review Board, and many others, including editorial boards of Water Resources Research and Wetlands. He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the Geological Society of America. 


Global Croplands and Their Water Use for Food Security in the Twenty-first Century

October 3rd, 1 pm ET
Presented by:  Prasad Thenkabail, USGS

Dr. Prasad S. Thenkabail is a research geographer at USGS and has 30+ years experience working as a well recognized international expert in Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems and its applications to agriculture, natural resources management, water resources, sustainable development, and environmental studies. His work experience spans over 25 countries. He has 130+ peer-reviewed publications, and is a chief editor of the three volume Remote Sensing Handbook, and the four volume upcoming Hyperspectral Remote Sensing of Vegetation Books. Prasad has a PhD from the Ohio State University


What Lies Below? Synthesis driven insights into soil carbon storage and stability

November 7th, 1 pm ET
Presented by:  Corey Lawrence, USGS

Dr. Corey Lawrence is a Research Geologist at the USGS Geologic and Environmental Change Science Center in Lakewood, CO. His research focuses on the controls on soil functions, such as soil carbon storage, across varied landscapes.

For additional information, contact Leah Colasuonno ( or Marcia McNiff ( or visit our website.


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