2024 GSA Birdsall-Dreiss Lectures by Dr Ben Rostron

Dr Ben Rostron, Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta (Canada), former student of Professor József Tóth and his successor at the University of Alberta, came to our Department as this year’s Birdsall-Dreiss Lecturer of the Geological Society of America (GSA), where he gave 3 lectures on the following topics, organized by the József and Erzsébet Tóth Endowed Hydrogeology Chair and RGFC-IAH:

  1. Lithium in brines (Duperow Aquifer) in southeast Saskatchewan: A modern-day gold rush.
  2. Geology and hydrogeology at Aquistore: Canada’s first CO2 storage project associated with a commercial-scale coal-fired power plant.
  3. Groundwater and native orchids: Is there a link (and why might anyone care)?

The hybrid presentations were watched by an audience of 30-50 people, and a good number of questions followed.

During his 1-week stay, Dr Rostron also visited our research areas, where we had valuable consultations and he was able to indulge his passion for orchids.

Finally, on the last day, members of our research group presented and discussed their current research results with Dr Rostron, with whom it was a special experience to “speak the same language” on the same basis of Tóthian flow systems. Dr Rostron appreciated our professional work at group level, gave useful advice and was open to future scientific collaboration.