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Oceans: Guests (2016)

Walter S. Snyder

Professor Emeritus, Department of Geosciences, Boise State University

Prof. Walter S. Snyder received his PhD from Stanford University in Applied Earth Science in 1977. He then became a research scientist at Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory of Columbia University and then with Phillips Petroleum Company. In 1984 Professor Snyder joined the faculty at Boise State University and is now Professor Emeritus. From 2002 to 2004 he served as Section Head, Division Earth Science, National Science Foundation, in Washington DC. His science research has focused on stratigraphy, tectonics and economic geology, mostly of the western U.S., but also in Russia, China and Canada. Professor.

Prof. Walter S. Snyder has been working to promote geothermal energy research since 2002. He continues to work with both researchers and the research community to expand awareness of geothermal energy and its related research needs at national meetings. Snyder is also past chair of GSA's Geology and Public Policy Committee and was the community lead for the development of GSA's Washington DC office for Geoscience Policy.

Born in Oakland, California; raised in Reedley, California (small farming town near Fresno, CA).

David Wilkins

Associate Professor of Geosciences, Boise State University

David Wilkins is an Associate Professor of Geosciences at Boise State University. His research interests range from desert studies to studying fire and climate using tree rings. David is a geographer by education with his doctorate from the University of Utah. He was introduced to Oceanography in his first geology course at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi, which is also where he returned to teach Oceanography in his first faculty position. To him, oceanography is quintessential geography, as it couples all the various physical and natural sciences - geology, biology, chemistry, physics - with the social sciences and humanities - anthropology, sociology, history, public policy. Oceanography is the study of the largest, yet also largely unexplored, portion of our planet, and he finds it exciting that students leave his course with more questions than when they came in - that's the nature of science!

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