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Past Seminars

Fall 2021 -  Organizer: Dr. Lisa Yeo

Talks are Fridays, 11am-12pm (Pacific)

Aug. 28 MCS Core Faculty
Sept. 4 Dr. Michele Samorani (Santa Clara U.)
Sept. 11 Dr. Lianne Lefsrud (U. Alberta)
Sept. 18 Vaarun Vijairaghavan (U. Calgary)
Sept. 25 Danielle Dai'Re (UC Merced)
Oct. 2 Dr. Ariana Torres (Purdue)
Oct. 9 No seminar
Oct. 16 Dr. Basak Kalkanci (Georgia Tech)
Oct. 23 Dr. Léon Valdés (U. Pitt)
Oct. 30 Dr. Bill Schulze (Utah)
Nov. 6 Dr. Deirdre Mulligan (UC Berkeley)
Nov. 13 Dr. Elizabeth Kennedy (Loyola University Maryland)
Nov. 20 Dr. Vartuhi Tonoyan (CSU-Fresno)
Nov. 27  THANKSGIVING BREAK - No speaker
Dec. 4 Dr. Kate Ringland (UC Santa Cruz)
Dec. 11 Susannah Howard (SUNY)

Spring 2020 - Weds 10:30-11:30AM, SSM 203 - contact

January 22           Tracey Osborne, UC Merced
January 29           Jeff Jenkins, UC Merced
February 5           Russ McBride, UC Merced. The lecture can be seen here.
February 12         Juan Meza, UC Merced/NSF
February 19         Hans Florine
February 26          Ajay Gopinathan, Physics, UC Merced
March 4                Russ McBride, UC Merced
March 11              Roger Aines, LLNL
March 18              Christine Wolf, IBM Research, Almaden
March 25              ** No Talk Scheduled - Spring Break **
April 1                   Lisa Yeo, UC Merced (pre-recorded)
April 8                   Dietrich Klinghardt, Klinghardt Academy (pre-recorded)
April 15                 Bruce Tow, SynOvation Solutions (LIVE on Zoom). The lecture can be seen here.
April 22                 Roger Bales, UC Merced (pre-recorded watershed video)
April 29                ** No talk **
May 6                   ** No talk **

Fall 2019 - Weds 10:30-11:30AM, SSM 203 - contact

August 28           Sarah Kurtz, Materials Science and Engineering, UC Merced
September 4      ** No Talk Scheduled **
September 11     LeRoy Westerling, Management of Complex Systems, UC Merced
September 18     Zulema Valdez, Sociology, UC Merced
September 25     James Ralph, Chief of Policy and Legal Affairs, California Public Utilities Commission
October 2            Gerardo Diaz, Mechanical Engineering, UC Merced
October 9            Steve Cousins, CEO, Savioke
October 16          ** No Talk Scheduled **
October 23          Tea Lempiälä, Management of Complex Systems, UC Merced
October 30          Spencer Castro, Dept of Psychology, University of Utah
November 6        Crystal Kolden, Department of Forest Rangeland and Fire Science, University of Idaho
November 13      Yang Quan Chen, Mechanical Engineering, UC Merced
November 20      Sergio Castellanos, Energy and Resources Group, UC Berkeley
December 4        John Abatzoglou, Department of Geography, University of Idaho
December 11      Anita Bhappu, Management of Complex Systems, UC Merced


  • Professor Lee Fleming, UC Berkeley,  Coleman Fung Institute of Engineering Leadership and Haas School of Business Mar. 13
  • Ryan Angus, University of Utah, David Eccles School of Business Feb. 20
  • Professor  Melanie Mitchell, Department of Computer Science, Portland State University & Santa Fe Institute Feb. 6
  • Professor  Paul Maglio, Management of Complex Systems Department, UC Merced Jan. 30
  • Jeff Kaplan, UC Berkeley, Department of Philosophy Jan. 22 2018
  • Professor Randy Westgren, U. Missouri, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources — Dec. 12 2017
  • Dr. Nathan Reigner, University of Vermont, Park Studies Lab — Nov. 28
  • Dr. Ashley Goldhor-Wilcock, USDA Forest Service, Human Dimensions National Program Lead Nov. 14
  • Professor Zack Grossman, Florida State University, Department of Economics Nov. 7
  • Steve Shackleton, UC Merced Academic Coordinator and SNRI — Oct. 31
  • Steven Key, Cofounder of inventRight Oct. 19
  • Professor Lisa Yeo, UC Merced Sept. 19
  • Jackie Milbrandt, Univ. St. Thomas, Minnesota Sept. 5


  • Professor Christian Turner, University of Georgia — May 2
  • Dr. Anton Howes, Brown University — April 18
  • Professor Christoph Breidbach, University of Melbourne School of Computing and Information Systems — April 18
  • Professor Todd Zenger, David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah, Chair of the Department of Strategy and Entrepreneurship — April 11
  • Dr. Elisabeth Pacherie, Senior researcher, French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) March 21
  • Director David Lamfrom, California Desert and Wildlife Programs — March 7
  • Professor Brian Epstein, Tufts University — Feb. 28
  • Chief of Resouce Management and Science Christy Brigham, Seqouia and Kings Canyon National Parks — Feb. 21
  • Professor Alberto Feduzi, University of Technology Sydney — Feb. 14
  • Professor Bernard Reginster, Brown Unviersity — Feb. 6 (special with MTS)
  • Joshua Welsh, Planning and Management, Yosemite National Park — Jan. 24

Affiliated Seminars