2024 Spring Speaker Series | Mountains, Volcanoes & Continental Rifts: How Connecticut’s Geologic Past Has Shaped Our Modern Landscape

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April 21, 2024
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


370 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT 06824 United States


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$ 15.00
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Connecticut’s modern landscape is the product of our fascinating geologic past. The geologic history of our state is preserved in the bedrock and landforms of the region and spans approximately one billion years of Earth’s history. In this talk, we will explore the processes of mountain building and continental rifting that formed the bedrock of our state. We will also discuss how erosion and past glacial activity have modified our landscape and produced features such as Long Island Sound.


About the Presenter

Dr. Jennifer Cooper Boemmels is an Assistant Professor in the Earth Science Department at Southern Connecticut State University. Jennifer is a structural geologist interested in the geologic history of New England. Her work uses field-based observations of ancient structures such as faults and fractures to understand the tectonic evolution of New England and the driving mechanisms behind past geologic events.


About the 2024 Spring Speaker Series – People & Place

Join the Fairfield Museum and History Center for the 2024 Spring Speaker Series, exploring our relationship with the land and examining how Connecticut’s natural landscape shaped our history. Dive into natural history with scholars and scientists from throughout Connecticut.

Additional Lectures in the Series:

April 7 | Our Hidden Landscapes: Indigenous Stone Ceremonial Sites in Eastern North America | Lucianne Lavin, PhD

May 5 | Protecting Long Island Sound for the Future: Threats, Progress, and Opportunities | Sarah Crosby, PhD


Light refreshments provided. Registration is required. $15 per talk | $40 for the series, $35 for Members



The 2024 Spring Speaker Series is generously sponsored by Oak Lawn Cemetery & Arboretum.