Hi Everyone,

The Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry (CSMC) and Calapooia Brewery would like to invite you all to “Supereruption Forensics: a CSI approach to understanding the Earth’s most catastrophic eruptions”, a presentation by Dr Shan de Silva of OSU.

Shanaka (Shan) de Silva is a Professor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, at Oregon State University. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America and Science Editor for GEOSPHERE.

Sri Lankan by birth, raised and educated in England, Shan has had a passion for volcanoes since he can remember. A high school Geology class was the gateway to a career pathway in Geology that brought him to the US. Over an almost 30-year career, Shan has travelled to all corners of the Earth studying volcanoes. He and his students explore interesting volcanic problems in the field and then use the volcanologists “toolbox” to solve those problems – an approach he calls “Volcano Forensics” – a sort of CSI approach to volcanic processes. He is particularly known for his work on the largest explosive eruptions that come from “supervolcanoes” that his team studies all over the world. He also knows a few things about the surface of Mars.

He moved to Oregon 8 years “to be closer to the Cascades volcanoes”. But it was really for the beer, which he really prefers warm and flat. His dream is to own a food truck and win “Top Chef”.

 Where: Calapooia Brewery, 140 Hill St NE, Albany OR

When: February 12th, Trivia starts at 6:30 PM

Win a Prize!!! The CSMC will have prizes for the top five trivia competitors.

Check here for a list of all upcoming CSMC Science Pubs: http://sustainablematerialschemistry.org/tag/science-pub

Check here for a list of all upcoming Calapooia Brewery events: http://calapooiabrewing.com/blog/


Andy Bedingfield

Director of Education and Outreach

Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry

Materials Science Institute

University of Oregon

1252 University of Oregon

Eugene, OR 97403