Public Lectures

Spring 2022 Lectures

THURSDAY, April 14th, 2022– “A closer look: The founding and early history of White Mountain Research Station.”- Daniel Pritchett, former WMRC staff & historian. The broad outlines of the history of White Mountain Research Station (WMRS) were documented by WMRS founder Nello Pace in 1975, and again in 1994 by Pace and Clarence Hall. Detailed study of archival records and the receipt, in 2018, of William Consolazio’s autobiography justify re-visiting the founding and early history of the station. Consolazio’s critical role has not been given the recognition it deserves. When first established, the success of WMRS was not at all certain and the “irregular” circumstances regarding its founding affected the station for years. Virtual event, free and open to the public. 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. PST. Registration required. A recording of the talk can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/6EFBSfTXUzM

Winter 2021-22 Lecture Series

TUESDAY, February 15th, 2022- “Searching for Cosmic Particles Using the BEACON Radio Experiment at Barcroft Field Station.”- Dan Southhall, PhD candidate in Physics, University of Chicago- Dan is working to detect elusive tau-neutrinos and cosmic rays by utilizing the radio wave detecting BEACON antenna near Barcroft Station in the White Mountains. This talk will discuss an overview of the field of astroparticle physics as it relates to BEACON, with an explanation of how BEACON works and the technical challenges that face a mountaintop experiment. Virtual event, free and open to the public. 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Registration required. A recording of the talk can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/2yMKVeOyW10

TUESDAY, January 25th, 2022- “The Bigger Picture: How Rock Art fit into the Lives of the People who made it”– David Lee, co-founder of WRAR & former WMRC Research Staff.
This lecture combines vivid photographs of rock art, people, animals, and exotic landscapes with insights gained over twenty-five years of researching and documenting rock art in western North America and ten field seasons documenting Aboriginal rock art and associated traditional knowledge with the Wardaman people of northern Australia. Virtual event, free and open to the public. 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. PST. Registration required. A recording of the talk can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/NaZggbjdbEo

TUESDAY, January 11th, 2022 Connecting diversity, phenology and pollination services to determine the viability of plant and pollinator communities. – Elijah Hall, PhD candidate EEOB, UC Riverside. 2019 & 2020 WMRC Minigrant Recipient- Elijah’s work examines how changes in plant community composition impact their reproductive success through the lens of pollination. 2021 was the third year he spent in the White Mountains studying high elevation pollination and flowering timing. Virtual event, free and open to the public. 6:00 p.m.-7:30. A recording of this talk can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/Q7JSXoRyT7o

TUESDAY, November 16th, 2021Sierra Nevada and White-Inyo’s Separating after 100 Million Years Together, Cite Irreconcilable Tectonics – Dr. Allen Glazner, Professor Emeritus of Geological Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Allen’s research focuses on magmatism and plate tectonics of western North America, with special emphasis on the Sierra Nevada Range and Yosemite National Park. He has coauthored three Geology Underfoot books on California regions: southern California, Death Valley-Owens Valley, and Yosemite National Park. A recording of this talk can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/EtvyTvtSMU0