BESR Meeting

Upcoming Meetings


BESR Spring Meeting

Monday, April 4, 2016 | 9 AM - 4 PM Eastern

The Evolving Soil Interface of the Earth System


Past Meetings
BESR Webinar

Friday January 29, 2016 | 1 PM Eastern

Dr. Dorothy Merritts, Franklin & Marshall College




BESR Autumn Meeting
Thursday, November 5, 2015 | "Waste as a Resource"

Keck Center | 500 5th St. NW | Washington, DC


Keynote Presentation: Mike Biddle, Materials Solution - "The New Alchemy: Converting Garbage into Gold"


Panel 1: Waste streams and value: What are these waste streams, where are they, and what is the potential mineral value?

Geoff Plumlee, USGS
Paul Westerhoff, Arizona State University
S.C. Lenny Koh, University of Sheffield


Panel 2: Nuts and Bolts: Technologies, Practice, Innovations, and Challenges
Ryan Ott, Ames National Laboratory
Mark Caffarey, Umicore, North Carolina
Pamela Gratton, Fairfax County, Virginia


Panel 3: Where Do We Begin?

Stephanie Adrian, Environmental Protection Agency
Joseph Pickard, Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc.
Nick Hazen, Hazen Research, Inc.
Scott Cassel, Product Stewardship Institute, Inc.


BESR Webinar:
Monday, June 22, 2015

Link to Webinar Recording and Presentations

Board on Earth Sciences and Resources Spring 2014 Meeting

Monday, May 12, 2014

Keck Center | 500 5th Street NW | Room 101 | 09:30-16:15
“Our Changing Globe: The Challenges and Value of Monitoring Earth Processes”

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Keynote: Michael Steinberg, Senior Vice President for Special Initiatives AccuWeather, Inc.

 Panel 1: “The value of monitoring: What has been monitored and what are the success stories?”


Keynote: Tim Stryker, National Science Technology Council/Office of Science and Technology Policy

Panel 2: “How do we manage and use the data? Where are we headed?”

  • Charles Mandeville, U.S. Geological Survey with Tina Neal, U.S. Geological Survey (via WebEx)
  • Janis L. Dickinson, Cornell University Lab of Ornithology
  • John LaBrecque, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Peter Fox, Rensselaer Polytechnic University
  • Glen Mattioli, UNAVCO


Meeting of the Committee on Induced Seismicity Potential in Energy Technologies
March 31, 2014 

Golden, Colorado | Colorado School of Mines
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Board on Earth Sciences and Resources 25th Anniversary Meeting: Examining Current and Future Earth Science Issues for the Nation 
November 18, 2013

National Academy of Sciences Building
2100 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20418
Room 120

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Keynote Addresses:

Dr. William L. Fisher, Professor and Leonidas T. Barrow Chair, Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans & Atmosphere and Acting NOAA Administrator (No slides)
Dr. Suzette Kimball, Acting Director, U.S. Geological Survey

Panel Discussion – Earth sciences and resources for the public good:

Dr. Suzette Kimball, Acting Director, U.S. Geological Survey
Dr. Wendy Harrison, Division Director, Earth Sciences, National Science Foundation 
Dr. John Labrecque, Lead, Earth Surface and Interior, Science Mission Directorate,   National Aeronautics and Space Administration 
Dr. Nick Woodward, Program Manager, Office of Science, Department of Energy

Afternoon Talks:
Dr. Thomas Jordan, Professor, University of Southern California | Director, Southern California Earthquake Center
Dr. Michael Goodchild, Professor emeritus, University of California, Santa Barbara
Dr. Shaowen Wang, Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Dr. Carlos Santamarina, Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology
Dr. Wesley Patrick, Vice President, Southwest Research Institute
Dr. Jonathan Price, State Geologist emeritus, Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology
Dr. Murray Hitzman, Fogarty Professor of Economic Geology, Colorado School of Mines
Dr. Susan Brantley, Professor, Pennsylvania State University


Meeting of the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources
May 7-8, 2013

The Keck Center
Room 101
500 Fifth Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

"Effective Communication of Earth Science and Engineering Information"

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Panel 1—Perspectives from Capitol Hill 

Kathleen Benedetto—Legislative staff, House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources 
Patricia Beneke—Democratic Senior Counsel for the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources 
Nicole Carter—Natural Resources Specialist, Congressional Research Service 
Peter Folger—Energy and Natural Resources Specialist, Congressional Research Service


Communicating Earth science at NASA—presentation 
Stephen Cole, Earth science lead for NASA’s Office of Communications


Panel discussion 2—Communicating with a diverse public 
Maeve Boland—Director of Geoscience Policy, American Geosciences Institute 
John Gibbons—Press Secretary for Science, Smithsonian Institution 
Brenda Pierce—Program Coordinator, Energy Resources Program, U.S. Geological Survey
Randy Showstack—Senior writer, Eos, American Geophysical Union 
Dan Vergano—Science and society writer, USA Today 
Kasey White—Geological Society of America Director for Geoscience Policy 


Meeting of the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources

The Keck Center 
Room 101
500 Fifth Street NW
Washington, DC, 20001


Stephen Pyne, Arizona State University --Between Two Fires: An American Story -Presentation

 I. How do we understand fire?


• Elizabeth Reinhardt, U.S. Forest Service—Overview of Wildland Fire Occurrence and Trends in the United States - Presentation

• Rod Linn, Los Alamos National Laboratory—Complexities of Wildfire Behavior

• John Cissel, Joint Fire Science Program— Wildfire Research Directions and Approaches: View from the Joint Fire Science Program - Presentation


II. How do we understand fire resilience in wildlands?


• Craig Allen, U.S. Geological Survey—Forests, Climate, and Wildfire

• Jacob Bendix, Syracuse University— Fire at the Biogeomorphic Interface: Complex Interactions in Watersheds - Presentation


III. How do we understand resilience in fire-prone communities?

• Sarah McCaffrey , U.S. Forest Service—Wildfire Resilience and Societal Dynamics - Presentation

• Stephen Quarles, Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety—Vulnerabilities of and Mitigation Strategies for Buildings Subjected to Wildfire Exposures - Presentation

• Danny Lee, U.S. Forest Service—Using Science to Inform Policy: A Cohesive Strategy for Wildland Fire Management


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Meeting of the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources

May 9, 2012  


10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Keck Center 
Washington, DC

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Contact Courtney Gibbs to register at or (202)334-2744


May 8, 2012

Keck Center Room 100

BESR-CER co-hosted lecture by Dr. Rusty Riese, AAPG Distinguished Lecturer
“Oil spills, ethics, and society:  How they intersect and where the responsibilities lie”



Meeting of the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources
in conjuction with the Geographical Sciences Committee

 October 5-6, 2011

Beckman Center
Huntington Room
Irvine, CA

Meeting will feature a roundtable on "Dam Removal, Reengineering And Repurposing For River Restoration"

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National Wildfire Resilience

Meeting of the

Board on Earth Sciences and Resources

National Research Council of the National Academies

The Keck Center

Room 101

500 Fifth Street NW

Washington, DC, 20001 


November 1, 2012


National Wildfire Resilience

Meeting of the

Board on Earth Sciences and Resources

National Research Council of the National Academies

The Keck Center

Room 101

500 Fifth Street NW

Washington, DC, 20001 


November 1, 2012


Board on Earth Science and Resources Spring 2015 Meeting

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Keck Center, Room 208

8:00 AM – 4:45 PM OPEN SESSION




Keynote Speakers

Timothy Killeen, President-designate, University of Illinois

Andrew Turner, Chief Technology Officer, Esri R&D DC


Panel 1: Science and Engineering Drivers for Earth Data Science

Lee Allison, Arizona Geological Survey

Patrick Reed, Cornell University

Chaitanya Baru, National Science Foundation


Panel 2: Earth Data Science: Foundations and Principles

E. Lynn Usery, USGS

Carole Palmer, University of Washington

Timothy Ahern, IRIS

Scott Hills, Chevron


Panel 3: Frontiers and Future Directions of Earth Data Science

Shaowen Wang, University of Illinois

Sean Dessureault, Mine Intelligence Research Group

Craig Dobson, NASA Earth Surface and Interior (No Slides)


*Will update remaining presentations when we have presenter's permission to do so. 


Special Workshop: Landslides and Landslide Risk: Needs for the Next Decade

Wednesday, February 29, 2015

Keck Center, Room 208

Register for In Person or WebEx Connection via SurveyGizmo

8:00 AM – 4:45 PM OPEN SESSION



Tuesday, February 24, 2015 | 08:00 - 16:45 | Keck Center, Room 208




Presentations and Panels

AM Audio (MP3)

PM Audio (MP3)



From Oso, Washington to Christchurch, New Zealand: Needs and Potential Solutions for Landslide Science, Risk Assessment, and Partnerships

Joe Wartman, University of Washington 


Panel 1: Landslide Science - Moderated by Jonathan Godt, USGS

Ning Lu, Colorado School of Mines

Marin Clark, University of Michigan

Josh Roering, University of Oregon

Dalia Kirschbaum, NASA


Panel 2: Landslide Risk - Moderated by Anne Maest, Buka Environmental (BESR Member)

Estelle Chaussard, UC Berkeley

Greg Stock, NPS Yosemite

Gabrielle Wong-Parodi, Carnegie Mellon University


Panel 3: Partnerships for Mitigating Landslide Risk- Moderated by Jamie Robertson, Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey (BESR Member)

Scott Anderson, Federal Highway Administration

Ed Clark, NOAA National Weather Service (No formal presentation)

Rick Wooten, North Carolina Geological Survey





Webinar: Unearthing Citizen Science

Friday, December 5, 2014 - 12:00 PM Eastern


Full information can be found here: 


Board on Earth Sciences and Resources Autumn 2014 Meeting
Thursday, November 13, 2014

Keck Center | 500 5th Street NW | Room 101 | 12:00-16:45
"Landslides and landslide risk: What have we learned in the last decade?

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  • David Norman, Director and State Geologist, Washington Geological Survey
  • Karen Berry, Acting Director and State Geologist, Colorado Geological Survey
  • Joseph Gunset, General Counsel, Lloyd’s America
  • Jonathan Godt, Landslide Hazards Program Coordinator, U.S. Geological Survey