Distinguished Lecture Tour 2015

Distinguished Lecturer

Prof. Miryam Bar-Matthews, Geological Survey of Israel

Prof. Miryam Bar-Matthews obtained her PhD in geology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is currently a Senior Research Scientist at the Geological Survey of Israel. Her main field of research is the reconstruction of terrestrial palaeoclimate during the last 500,000 years using high resolution cave Speleothem records. The research covers a wide spectrum: understanding karst processes from the rainfall source (oceans) to sink (caves); the use of isotope geochemical tracers as paleoclimate proxies; how speleothem records can be used to determine critical changes in the regional hydrological cycle, with their implications for rapid aridification/desertification processes and impact on human settlement and migration patterns. Most of her research is based in the eastern Mediterranean and North East Sahara regions, but ongoing research also focuses on South Africa and the southern hemisphere. She was awarded the 2013 Hans Oeschger medal of the European Geociences Union.

Lecture abstracts and videos

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  • Lecture 1: Speleothems as paleoclimate indicators
  • Recorded in Budapest (Hungary) at the Institute for Geological and Geochemical Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, as part of the EAG Distinguished Lecture Tour 2015.

  • Lecture 2: Novel techniques in speleothems research for paleohydrological studies
  • Recorded in Budapest (Hungary) at the Institute for Geological and Geochemical Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, as part of the EAG Distinguished Lecture Tour 2015.

  • Lecture 3: Water availability in Middle East and North Africa and the connection to human dispersal: insights from speleothems research
  • Recorded in Zadar (Croatia) at the Department of Geography, University of Zadar, as part of the EAG Distinguished Lecture Tour 2015.

Tour information

Date Institution Location Lecture
Monday 19 October M.P. Semenenko Institute of Geochemistry, Mineralogy and Ore Formation, National Academy of Science of Ukraine Kiev, Ukraine Lecture 2
Monday 26 October Institute for Geological and Geochemical Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences Budapest, Hungary Lectures 1 and 2
Wednesday 28 October Karst Research Institute Postojna, Slovenia Lectures 1 and 2
Friday 30 October Department of Geography, University of Zadar Zadar, Croatia Lectures 1 and 3

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