2021 Event Archive

01-09-2021 Scott Burns—Tasting Terroir

Tasting Terroir—Geologic and climate  influences on wine flavors in the Pacific NW (a talk and tasting) The Lecture To begin with, Scott will discuss the factors that affect wine flavors, concentrating on the climate and geology of the region.  Oregon and Washington are the number 3 and 2 states in number of wineries in the United States and just across the border, B.C. is the number 2 province in Canada for wine production.  Scott will concentrate on SE Washington and Willamette Valley in Oregon, but will also discuss NW Washington, SW Oregon, and British Columbia (including Vancouver Island which has a solid… Read more01-09-2021 Scott Burns—Tasting Terroir

02-27-2021 Ben Goldfarb, Dam It—How beavers shape the landscape

The Lecture Our featured speaker on Saturday Feb, 27th is Ben Goldfarb. In Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter, environmental journalist Ben Goldfarb reveals that our modern conception of a healthy ecosystem is wrong, distorted by the fur trade that once trapped out millions of beavers from North America’s waterways. The consequences of losing beavers were profound: ponds drained, wetlands dried up, and species from salmon to swans lost vital habitat. Today, a growing coalition of “Beaver Believers”—including scientists, ranchers, and passionate citizens—recognizes that ecosystems with beavers are far healthier than those without them. From the Nevada deserts to the… Read more02-27-2021 Ben Goldfarb, Dam It—How beavers shape the landscape

04-10-2021 Trevor Contreras, Geology and the Art of Stone Carving

Geology and the Art of Stone Carving The Lecture Many members of the Northwest Stone Sculptors Association (NWSSA), including me, use Washington rocks in their art. In this talk, I’ll give an overview of this state’s geological setting  that provide these stones and describe the connections among basalt, dunite, jade, and the glacial erratics that we work with. I’ll highlight a few of my favorite sculptors, talk about some of the stone they work, and touch on tools and techniques we use to sculpt these locally sourced stones. In 2009 King County geologist Greg Wessel curated a geology and art… Read more04-10-2021 Trevor Contreras, Geology and the Art of Stone Carving

05-22-2021 Jennifer Pierce—Wildfires, Climate and Erosion

On Saturday May 22, 2021 @ 4 pm, Dr. Jennifer Pierce of the Dept. of Geology at Boise State University will present a Zoom lecture on “Wildfires, Climate and Erosion in the past, present and future”.  Jennifer has been working on these topics since graduate school and will integrate these three subjects with reference to forests of the Northern Rocky Mountains. Although her studies have been concentrated in the Northern Rockies, the lessons learned apply well to the relatively arid regions of the West. Since she is speaking in late May, we could be into our fire season here in… Read more05-22-2021 Jennifer Pierce—Wildfires, Climate and Erosion

2021-10-02 Pre-Field Trip Registration: Elwha River Restoration

Quimper Geological Society Field Trip:  A decade of changes in the Elwha River as a result of dam removal   Saturday Oct. 2, 2021, Port Angeles Area. Start time 9:30, finish 3 pm or later Leaders: Ian Miller, Coastal Hazards Specialist, WA Sea Grant, Port Angeles                Keith Denton, Fisheries Specialist and Consultant, Sequim                Michael Machette, Quaternary Geologist (retired), Port Townsend Objectives: Visit ground zero of the largest dam-removal project in the world and one of the largest ecological restoration projects ever attempted. See the developing shore-line… Read more2021-10-02 Pre-Field Trip Registration: Elwha River Restoration


2021-10-09 George Stanley, Univ. Montana (Emeritus)—Mass Extinctions: Five and counting

Mass extinctions in geologic time: Implications for the past, present and future During the past 400 million years of life, evidence of five mass extinction events have been detected in the fossil record. These events caused world-wide destruction and led to collapse of whole ecosystems, producing profound changes in Earth’s history and forever altered the evolution of life. Mass extinctions constitute one of the grand “unifying themes” of our planet. Study of the strata, rocks and ancient fossils related to these episodes of massive dying are revealing much insight into not only the history of our planet, but also evolution… Read more2021-10-09 George Stanley, Univ. Montana (Emeritus)—Mass Extinctions: Five and counting


2021-11-20 Doug Clark, WWU – Alpine glaciations of the Pacific Northwest

Doug Clark, professor of Geology at WWU—Bellingham will review evidence for the timing and extent of alpine (valley) glaciers in the Pacific Northwest.  Abstract and bio details to follow. This will be a Zoom broadcast—Stay tuned.