Terroir of the Wine Country of Southern Oregon: Relationship Between Soils, Geology, Climate and Wine

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Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College’s popular Geology Lecture Series continues with soils expert Dr. Scott Burns, speaking about "Terroir of the Wine Country of Southern Oregon: Relationship Between Soils, Geology, Climate and Wine"  at 7 p.m., Friday, March 10, 2017 at the Hales Center for the Performing Arts.

A professor emeritus of geology at Portland State University, Dr. Burns specializes in engineering and environmental geology, soils, geomorphology, Quaternary Geology and terroir.

Dr. Burns received his bachelor and master’s degrees from Stanford and PhD from the University of Colorado. He has taught in Switzerland, New Zealand, Washington, Colorado and Louisiana; and is author or co-author of two books, more than 80 articles and 200 published abstracts. His broad-reaching research topics are diverse, analyzing landslides, debris flow, radon and earthquake hazard mapping, heavy metals and trace elements in soils, loess stratigraphy, slope stability, Missoula Floods, bio-geomorphology (pocket gophers, tree throw, and ants) and alpine soil development.

Of his many honors, Dr. Burns received the Public Service Award from the Geological Society of America (GSA) given annually to a member who reaches out to the public about geology, Meritorious Service Award (2006) from the Engineering Geology Division (EGD) of GSA. He has won many other awards for outstanding teaching, with the most significant being the Faculty Senate Chair Award at Louisiana Tech University in 1987, the Distinguished Faculty Award from the PSU Alumni Association in 2001, and the George Hoffmann Award from PSU in 2007. He actively helps local TV and radio stations and newspapers bring important geological news to the public.

On Saturday, March 11, 2017 Dr. Burns will make it a Terroir weekend by participating in a Winemakers’ Dinner, featuring an evening with Abacela Winery and Vineyard founder and owner Earl Jones, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the Oregon Coast Culinary Institute (OCCI) on Southwestern’s Coos Campus.  This Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation event will feature OCCI Chef Shawn Hanlin’s cuisine paired with six Abacela wines. Jones and Dr. Burns will share the story of the creation of one of Oregon’s oldest wineries and the soil science in growing wine grapes. Seating is limited and tickets are $150 per person with all proceeds going to support the Health & Science Technology Building project.Tickets are available by contacting the college’s Foundation office at 541-888-7211.
Geology Lecture Series talks are free and are held in the Hales Center for the Performing Arts on Southwestern’s Coos Campus, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay.  For those not able to attend in person, all lectures are Livestreamed and archived, with access from the College's web site at www.socc.edu.  Continuing sponsors of the lecture series include DB Western, the Southwestern Foundation and the College.
Additional talks scheduled in the series this year include:  Dr. Mark Tveskov (Southern Oregon University) discussing “The Archaeology of the Rogue River War” on Saturday, April 15  and concluding with Dr. Carolyn Porco (UC Berkley) with “Cassini to Saturn:  The Journey and the Legacy” on Saturday, May 20.  For additional information, please contact Ron Metzger at 541-888-7216.