‘Where does water go when it rains?’ Topic for Feb. 7 talk at USU

LOGAN – Whether you’re four years old or 84, it’s a logical question: Where does rainwater go? And it’s an important question as we’re all dependent on water and fear the consequences of having too much or too little. Utah State University’s Department of Geology hosts the Geological Society of America’s 2011 Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lecture Series speaker Jeffrey J. McDonnell of Oregon State University Monday, Feb. 7, on campus. McDonnell presents “Where Does Water Go When It Rains? Conceptualizing Runoff Processes in Headwater Catchments” at 10:30 a.m. in the Geology building, Room 105. His talk is free and open to all. “Dr. McDonnell’s talk is geared to people interested in water resources, land use planning, hydrogeology and water quality,” says Jean Daddow of USU’s Department of Geology. “We invite the campus community to take advantage of this opportunity to hear from a world leader in the field.” McDonnell’s talk is followed by refreshments and a time for questions. McDonnell holds the Richardson Chair in Watershed Science at Oregon State and is the OSU Distinguished Professor of Hydrology. A fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the International Water Academy, McDonnell is the recipient of the Dalton Medal from the European Geophysical Union, the Gordon Warwick Award from the British Geomorphological Research Group and a DSc from the University of Canterbury. Established by the GSA in 1978, the Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lecture Series provides travel for internationally renowned scientists to speak at 40 to 50 institutions throughout the world each year. For more information about the lecture, contact the Department of Geology at 435-797-1273 or geology@usu.edu.

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