Geologist to present Condon Lecture


CORVALLIS, Ore. – Ellen Morris Bishop, an Oregon geologist, educator, author, and photographer will present the 2015-16 Thomas Condon Lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at Oregon State University.

The lecture is free, open to the public and designed for a non-specialist audience. It is titled "Oregon's Climates through Time - Stories in the Stones."

The presentation will be at 7 p.m. in Austin Auditorium of the LaSells Stewart Center on the OSU campus, and refreshments will be available at 6:30 p.m. The Condon Lecture, named after a pioneer of Oregon geology, helps to interpret significant scientific research for non-scientists.

Bishop earned a doctorate in geology from OSU and has written two books on Pacific Northwest geology: “Living with Thunder” in 2014 and “In Search of Ancient Oregon” in 2003, which won the 2004 Oregon Book Award for non-fiction.

She has done extensive geologic research, published scientific articles, and taught geology and environmental science courses in positions at several universities, community colleges and experiential learning programs.  Bishop was a science columnist for The Oregonian and the science reporter for The Columbian of Vancouver, Washington; has been the director of the Oregon Paleolands Institute in Fossil, Oregon; and served on advisory boards for regional watershed councils and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

Bishop will also give a more technical presentation on a related topic in the George Moore Lecture titled “Saving Science in a Demon-Haunted World.” That event will be at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25, in Gilfillan Auditorium.

The OSU Research Office and the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences are sponsoring the presentations.

College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

About the OSU College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences: CEOAS is internationally recognized for its faculty, research and facilities, including state-of-the-art computing infrastructure to support real-time ocean/atmosphere observation and prediction. The college is a leader in the study of the Earth as an integrated system, providing scientific understanding to address complex environmental challenges