PICS Seminar: Mathieu Lapotre (Harvard)

Mathieu Lapotre (Harvard)
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

About the Speaker:

Mathieu Lapotre is the John Harvard Distinguished Science Fellow in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences At Harvard University. His research "aims at unraveling the physics of sedimentary processes that shape the surfaces of terrestrial planets, including Earth, and ultimately, what their landforms and rocks tell us about past hydrology, climate, and habitability." Although he has broad interests across planetary bodies of our solar system and beyond, his work on planetary surface processes largely focuses on Earth and Mars. Three main goals of his research are to: (1) Further our mechanistic understanding of sedimentary and erosional processes on Earth, (2) explore how planetary conditions affect surface processes and their record in sedimentary rocks, and (3) constrain the paleohydrology, paleoclimate, and habitability of planets from physics-based interpretations of their sedimentary records.

About the Series

The MIT Planetary Lunch Colloquium Series [PlCS] is a weekly seminar series organized within the EAPS department. Colloquia topics span the range of research interests of the department's planetary sciences research program. The seminars usually take place on Tuesdays from 12-1:30 pm in 54-517 unless otherwise noted (term-time only). Speakers include members of the MIT community and visitors. Talks are intended to appeal to graduate students, postdocs, research scientists, and faculty with a background in planetary science. A light lunch is provided.