Carol de Wet, the 2008 recipient of the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, will speak at the 2008-2009 Lindback Lecture on Sept. 11, at 4:30 p.m., in Stahr Auditorium in Stager Hall.
The professor of geosciences in the Department of Earth and Environment, whose passion for rocks and reefs matches her zeal for her students’ learning, will speak on “Sunlit Shallow Seas: Interpreting the Geologic Record in Teaching and Research.”
A graduate of Smith College, de Wet earned her master’s degree at the University of Massachusetts and her doctorate at the University of Cambridge, in the United Kingdom.
She established two main areas of scholarly work: the products of microbial influences on limestone precipitation, including fabrics and geochemical signatures, and the climatic significance of sediments associated with ancient rift valley carbonate lakes.
After arriving here in 1991, de Wet discovered an ancient reef in York County, evidence that the margins of the Atlantic Ocean once extended here. In the years since, de Wet and her students have explored the reef and how it formed using microscopic textures, geochemical analyses and oxygen isotope ratios. The work has led to a steady flow of independent studies by students. Much of that research has been published.
Professor de Wet returns this semester from a yearlong sabbatical.
Following the lecture, Provost Ann Steiner will host a reception at her home at 452 Race Ave., Lancaster. All members of the community and lecture attendees are invited.