Tuesday Noon Balloon with John Mutter


(When) do natural disasters matter?

John Mutter

Tuesday February 9th
Room 417 Schermerhorn Hall


John Mutter is a Professor in both the department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and the department of International and Public Affaris.  John's earth science research focusses on mid-ocean ridge and rift tectonics. "How can we capture the true dymanics of the Earth?", is a question John and many earth scientists ask. How can we formulate a picture of the dynamics of sea-floor spreading and subduction zones if most of our tools only enable one to see an snapshot of one moment in time.  John's 3D seismic study aims to produce an accurate 3D seismic reflection image of the magmatic-hydrothermal system at the fast spreading East Pacific Rise against which changes in geometry and physical properties can be detected in the future using 4D time-lapse seismic imaging.  John's other major research interest is the role of Earth systems in sustainable development, in particular, "how scientific advances made in developed countries can be used to elevate the condition of people in developing countries."

John is also the Associate Director of the PhD Program in Sustainable Development housed at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs.  In that capacity he advises all the students on their natural science needs for the studies.

John completed both his undergraduate degree and a Masters in his native Australia.  He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1982 and has been at Columbia's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory ever since.

Future talks are scheduled for Tuesdays from 12:15-1:00pm in Room 417 Schermerhorn Hall.  Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch.

All are welcome to attend!