The Appalachian Mountains are very old, right? New research is challenging the notion that the topography of the southern Appalachians is hundreds of millions of years old. Join Dr. Karl Wegmann, a geology professor at NC State University, as we explore the connection between some of the most dramatic waterfalls in North Carolina, deadly landslides, and the evolution of topography in the western part of the state. This Science Café will change the way you think about the ground you walk on and the landscapes you photograph.
About Our Speaker
Dr. Karl Wegmann is an Assistant Professor of Geosciences at North Carolina State University who specializes in the geologic, climatic, and biologic processes that combine to shape Earth’s surface topography and result in hazards to human populations. Dr. Wegmann and his students conduct research all around the world, including in Mongolia, Greece, Italy, the Pacific Northwest, and right here at home in North Carolina. Dr. Wegmann earned a B.A. in Geology from Whitman College, a M.S. in Geology from the University of New Mexico, and a PhD in Earth & Environmental Sciences from Lehigh University in 2008. He has also worked as a geologist in the Natural Hazards group at the Washington State Geologic Survey.