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Department of Geological Sciences to Host Lecture

California State University, Bakersfield’s Department of Geological Sciences will be hosting Jerome De Graff, a lecturer from California State University, Fresno (CSUF) on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. in the New Student Residence Halls – Large Classroom.

The lecture, entitled, “Fire, Earth & Rain: Emergency Response for Wildfire- Induced Landslide Hazards,” will discuss the concerns surrounding fire and emergency response for wildfire. Wildfire is a unique natural hazard because it poses immediate threats to life and property as well as creating conditions that can lead to subsequent debris flows and accelerated rock fall. This is a significant problem in the western U.S. where large wildfires have become more frequent since the mid-1980s. Limiting the impact of these post-fire geologic hazards requires determining their likelihood and location within the burned area. A rapid assessment is needed to ensure mitigation measures can be implemented prior to initiating rainfall.

De Graff is a winner of the 2015-16 Richard H. Jahns Distinguished Lecturer Award and is a member of the Association of the Environmental and Engineering Geologists and the Geological Society of America. As a retired member of the US Forest Service, De Graff served as an environmental and engineering geologist on National Forests in Utah and California. He continues his geology career teaching graduate courses for the Department of Earth and Environmental Science at CSUF, acting in editorial and related capacities for various specialized journals, and being active in professional organizations.

The lecture is free and open to the public; parking permit required. For more information, contact Sue Holt at


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