Jeffery Seitz

Professor & Department Chair

Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences

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jeff.seitz@csueastbay.edu
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(510) 885-3438
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I am a Professor of Geology and the Chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.  I have taught a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in Geology and Environmental Science. My advanced courses focus on Petrology, Geochemistry and Planetary Science. 

Professional Focus

My primary area of expertise is in experimental geochemistry.  My current research project involves measuring the partial molal volumes of aqueous organic mixtures at high temperatures and pressures. These experimentally determined data can be used to help develop and refine estimates of the thermodynamic properties of organic compounds for which measurements are not available. Ultimately, this research has applications to developing a more accurate geochemical model for the origin of life on Earth in extreme environments such as hydrothermal vents (black smokers) and solar system bodies such as Mars and Europa.

Most of my professional activity, since coming to CSUEB, has been in science education. I am currently involved in two major science education projects: the East Bay Science Project and NASA LIFT OFF.  The EBSP is a provider of services to schools and districts in the east San Francisco Bay area seeking to strengthen their science programs and science instruction consistent with the California Science Frameworks and Content Standards.  NASA LIFT OFF is a collaborative project between the Alameda County Office of Education and Cal Sate East Bay.  Funded by NASA, the project features NASA science and mission data and targets high school teachers and pre-service single subject science teachers.

Education

  • Ph.D., Geosciences, Virginia Polytechnice Institute and State University
  • A.M., Earth & Planetary Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis
  • A.M., Earth & Planetary Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis

Courses

Spring Quarter 2014
Course #SecCourse TitleDaysFromToLocationCampusTextbook Info
GEOL 100101Intro to the Earth SciencesMW10:00AM11:50AMSC-S213Hayward Campus View Books
GEOL 100204Earth Sciences LaboratoryTH9:20AM11:50AMSC-N212Hayward Campus View Books
GEOL 490001Independent StudyARR ARRHayward Campus View Books

Publications

Refereed Articles:

Blencoe J. G., Drummond S. E., Seitz J. C., and Nesbitt B. E. (1996) A vibrating-tube densimeter for fluids at high pressures and temperatures. International Journal of Thermophysics, 17, 179-190.

Blencoe J. G., Seitz J. C., and Anovitz L. W. (1999) The CO2-H2O system. II. Calculated thermodynamic mixing properties for 400°C and 1-400 MPa. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 63, 2393-2408.

Butler T.W. and Seitz J. C. (2006) Apparent seasonal variations in iron photoreduction in acidic discharge from a former pyrite mine, Oakland, California. Applied Geochemistry, 21, 1109­1122.

Chou I-M., Pasteris J. D., and Seitz J. C. (1990) High density volatiles in the system C-O-H-N for the calibration of a laser Raman microprobe. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 54, 535­-543.

Pasteris J. D., Seitz J. C., Morgan G. B., and Wopenka B. (1993) CH4-rich inclusions from quartz veins in the valley and ridge province and anthracite fields of Pennsylvania Appalachians -- Discussion. American Mineralogist, 78, 216-219.

Pasteris J. D., Seitz J. C. and Wopenka B. (1985) Compositional interpretation of synthetic C-O-H fluid inclusions by micro-Raman analysis and microthermometry. In Microbeam Analysis 1985 (ed., J. T. Armstrong), San Francisco Press, 25-28.

Pasteris J. D., Seitz J. C., Wopenka B. and Chou I-M. (1990) Recent advances in the analysis and interpretation of C-O-H-N fluids by application of laser Raman microspectroscopy. In Microbeam Analysis 1990, San Francisco Press, 228-234. Invited paper.

Pasteris J. D., Wopenka B., and Seitz J. C. (1988) Practical aspects of quantitative laser Raman microprobe spectroscopy for the study of fluid inclusions. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 52, 979-988.

Seitz J. C. and Blencoe J. G. (1996) Volumetric properties for {(1-x)CO2 + xCH4}, {(1-x)CO2

+ xN2}, and {(1-x)CH4 + xN2} at the pressures (19.94, 29.94, 39.94, 59.93, 79.93, and 99.93) MPa and the temperature 673.15 K. Journal of Chemical Thermodynamics, 28, 1207­1213. Seitz J. C. and Blencoe J. G. (1999) The CO2-H2O system. I. Experimental determination of volumetric properties at 400°C, 10-100 MPa. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 63, 1559­1569.

Seitz J. C., Blencoe J. G., Joyce D. B., and Bodnar R. J. (1992) Excess molar volumes for CO2­CH4-N2 mixtures. 7th International Symposium on Water-Rock Interaction. Proceedings, 2, 1025-1028.

Seitz J. C., Blencoe J. G., and Bodnar R. J. (1996) Volumetric properties of {(1-x)CO2 + xCH4}, {(1-x)CO2 + N2}, and {(1-x)CH4 + N2} at the temperatures (323.15, 373.15, 473.15, 573.15) K and pressures (9.84, 19.84, 29.84, 39.84, 59.83, 79.83, 99.83) MPa. Journal of Chemical Thermodynamics, 28, 521-538.

Seitz J. C., Blencoe J. G., and Bodnar R. J. (1996) Volumetric properties of {x1CO2 + x2CH4 + (1-x1-x2)N2} at the temperatures (323.15, 373.15, 473.15, 573.15) K and pressures (19.84, 39.84, 59.83, 99.83) MPa. Journal of Chemical Thermodynamics, 28, 539-550.

Seitz J. C., Blencoe J. G., Joyce D. B. and Bodnar R. J. (1994) Volumetric properties of CO2­CH4-N2 fluids at 200°C and 1000 bars: Comparison of equations of state and experimental data. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 58, 1065-1071.

Seitz J. C. and Pasteris J. D. (1990) Theoretical and practical aspects of differential partitioning of gases by clathrate hydrates in fluid inclusions. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 54, 631-639.

Seitz J. C., Pasteris J. D., and Chou I-M. (1993) Raman spectroscopic characterization of gas mixtures. I. Quantitative composition and density determination of CH4, N2, and their mixtures. American Journal of Science, 293, 297-321.

Seitz J. C., Pasteris J. D., and Chou I-M. (1996) Raman spectroscopic characterization of gas mixtures. II. Quantitative composition and pressure determination of the CO2-CH4 system. American Journal of Science, 296, 577-600.

Seitz J. C., Pasteris J. D., and Morgan G. B. (1993) Quantitative analysis of mixed volatile fluids by Raman microprobe spectroscopy: A cautionary note on spectral resolution and peak shape. Applied Spectroscopy, 47, 816-820.

Seitz J. C., Pasteris J. D., and Wopenka B. (1987) Characterization of CO2-CH4-H2O fluid inclusions by microthermometry and laser Raman microprobe spectroscopy: Inferences for clathrate and fluid equilibria. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 51, 1651-1664.

Published Abstracts and Presentations:

Bennett B. F., Schulte M. D., and Seitz J. C. (2010) Determination of the Partial Molal Heat Capacities of Dilute D-glucose at elvated temperatures relevent to low grade hydrothermal Activity. Astrobiology Science Conference, April 26-29, 2010. Extended Abstract.

Blencoe J. G. , Anovitz L. M., and Seitz J. C. (1997) Serious shortcomings of semi-emirical equations of state for high-temperature aqueous C-O-H-N fluids. Abstract. Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Abstracts with Programs, A-210.

Blencoe J. G. , Anovitz L. M., and Seitz J. C. (1997) A Fundamental Flaw in Modified Redlich-Kwong Equations for Supercritical H2O-CO2 Fluids. Abstract. American Geophysical Union 1997 Spring Meeting. EOS.

Blencoe J. G. , Anovitz L. M., and Seitz J. C. (1998) A Helmholtz free energy model for supercritical H2O-CO2 mixtures. Abstract. Geological Society of America Annual Meeting. Abstracts with Program, A319.

Blencoe J. G., Anovitz L. M., and Seitz J. C. (1998) A new method for modeling the thermodynamic mixing properties of high-temperature H2O-CO2 fluids. Abstract. American Geophysical Union Spring Meeting, EOS.

Blencoe J. G., Anovitz L. W. Singh, J. and Seitz J. C. (1999) A modified virial equation of state for binary mixed-volatile fluids. Abstract. Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Abstracts with Programs, 354.

Blencoe J. G., Anovitz L. W., Singh J., and Seitz J. C. (2001) Relative bouyancies of CO2-H2O mixtures at 300-400°C and pressures up to 100 MPa. Abstract. Geological Society of America Annual Meeting. Abstracts with Programs.

Blencoe J. G., Seitz J. C., and Anovitz L. M. (1997) Excess free energies and activity-composition relations for H2O-CO2 fluids at 400°C and 1-4000 bars. Extended Abstract. International Symposium on Hydrothermal Reactions.

Blencoe J. G., Seitz J. C., Anovitz L. M., Joyce D. B., and Bodnar R. J. (1996) Thermodynamic mixing properties of C-O-H-N Fluids at High Pressures and Temperatures. Abstract. U. S. Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences. Reactivity and Mobility of Geologic Fluids: Constraints from Inorganic Geochemistry, 10.

Labotka T. C., Anovitz L. M., Blencoe J. G., and Seitz J. C. (1998) The effects of the mixing properties of H2O-CO2 on the flow of metamorphic fluids. Abstract. Geological Society of America Annual Meeting. Abstracts with Program, A319.

Pasteris J. D., Chou I-Ming, and Seitz J. C. (1989) Raman microprobe analysis of high-pressure fluid standards. Abstract. Geological Association of Canada Annual Meeting, Program with Abstracts, 14, A93-A94.

Pasteris, J. D., Seitz J. C, Wopenka B., and Chou I-Ming (1990) Recent advances in the analysis and interpretation of C-O-H-N fluids by application of laser Raman microspectroscopy. Abstract. 12th International Congress for Electron Microscopy. Proceedings, 276-277.

Rhett G. W., Seitz J. C., Schulte M. D., and Hall A. S. (2010) Densities of Dilute Adenosine Solutions to 50 MPa and 373.15 K. Goldschmidt Conference, June 13-18. Abstract.

Seitz J. C. (1999) Development of a web-based atlas of rocks and minerals in thin section. Abstract. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. EOS, Transactions AGU Volume 80, No. 46, F123.

Seitz J. C. and Blencoe J. G. (1997) Experimentally determined volumetric properties and solvus relations for H2O-CO2-N2 mixtures at 300°C and pressures <1000 bars. Abstract. Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Abstracts with Programs, A-209.

Seitz J. C. and Blencoe J. G. (1997) Experimental determination of the volumetric properties and solvus relations of H2O-CO2 mixtures at 300-400°C and 75-1000 bars. Extended Abstract. International Symposium on Hydrothermal Reactions.

Seitz J. C. and Blencoe J. G. (1996) Experimentally determined volumetric properties of CO2­H2O mixtures at 400°C and pressures up to 1000 bars. Abstract. Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Abstracts with Program.

Seitz J. C. and Blencoe J. G. (1996) Experimentally determined volumetric properties and solvus relations for H2O-CO2 fluids at 350°C and pressures up to 1000 bars. Abstract. American Geophysical Union 1996 Fall Meeting. EOS.

Seitz J. C., Blencoe J. G. and Bodnar R. J. (1993) Experimentally determined volumetric properties of CO2-CH4 mixtures at 100-1000 bars and 50-300°C. Abstract. Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Abstracts with Program, A212-213.

Seitz J. C., Blencoe J. G. and Bodnar R. J. (1994) Experimentally determined volumetric properties of CO2-CH4, CO2-N2, and CH4-N2 mixtures at 100-1000 bars and 50-300°C. Abstract. American Geophysical Union 1994 Spring Meeting. EOS, 75, 136-137.

Seitz J. C., Blencoe J. G. and Bodnar R. J. (1994) Experimentally determined volumetric properties of CO2-CH4-N2 mixtures at 20-100 MPa and 323-573K. Abstract. Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Abstracts with Program.

Seitz J. C., Blencoe J. G., Joyce D. B., and Bodnar R. J. (1991) P-V-T-X properties of CO2-CH4 mixtures at 100°C and 400 to 1000 bars by vibrating tube densimetry. Abstract. . American Geophysical Union 1991 Fall Meeting. EOS.

Seitz J. C., Blencoe J. G., Joyce D. B., and Bodnar R. J. (1992) Volumetric properties of CO2­CH4-N2 fluids. Abstract. Fourth Biennial Pan-American Conference on Research on Fluid Inclusions. Programs with Abstracts, 80.

Seitz J. C. and Bodnar (1990) Structures I and II clathrates in sediments on the seafloor: Implications for water depth and fluid source. Abstract. V. M. Goldschmidt Conference, Program Abstracts, 80.

Seitz J. C. and Bodnar R. J. (1990) Structures I and II clathrates in sediments on the seafloor: Implications for their distribution. Abstract. American Geophysical Union 1990 Fall Meeting, EOS, 71, 1932.

Seitz J. C. D’Antoni H., and Skiles J. W. (1999) Correlation of TOMS ozone ground-based UV­B measurements for Ushuaia, Argentina. American Geological Union Fall Meeting. EOS, Transactions AGU Volume 80, No. 46, FL40.

Seitz J. C. Pasteris J. D. (1989) Oxide and sulfide mineralization at the base of the Duluth Complex – Skibo Tower, MN. Abstract. State of Minnesota Fifth Annual Current Minerals Activities Forum, Proceedings, NRRI-8.

Seitz J. C. Pasteris J. D. (1989) Theoretical and practical aspects of differential partitioning of gases by clathrate hydrates in fluids inclusions. Abstract. Second Biennial Pan-American Conference Research on Fluids Inclusions. Program and Abstracts, 58.

Seitz J. C. Pasteris J. D. (1995) Raman spectroscopic characterizations of gas mixtures for the quantitative determination of gas composition and pressure . 36th ORNL/DEO Conference on analytical chemistry in Energy Technology, Abstracts of Papers, 64.

Seitz J. C. Pasteris J. D., and Chou I-M (1989) Quantitative composition and density determination of CH4-N2 bearing fluid inclusions by Raman micro-spectroscopy. Abstract. Geological Society of American Annual Meeting, Abstracts with Program, A385.

Seitz J. C. Pasteris J. D., and Chou I-M (1990) Raman spectroscopy of CH4-N2 fluids with applications to the quantitative analysis of fluids inclusions. Abstract. Third Pan-American Conference of Fluids Inclusions. Program and Abstracts, 80.

Seitz J. C. Pasteris J. D., and Chou I-M (1994) Raman spectroscopy characterization of C02, CH4 and their mixtures with applications for the quantitative determination of pressure and composition of fluids inclusions. Abstract. American Geophysical Union 1994 Spring Meeting. EOS, 75, no. 16 suppl., 71.

Seitz J. C. Pasteris J. D., and Morgan G. B. (1992) Cautionary note on analytical methodology for quantitative analysis of CO2-CH4-N2-H2 fluids by microsampling Raman spectroscopy. Abstract. Fourth Biennial Pan-American Conference on Research on Fluids Inclussions. Program and Abstracts, 72.

Seitz J. C. Pasteris J. D., and Wopenka B. (1987) Determination of CO2: CH4 ratios in C02-CH4­H2O fluid inclusions by combined application of microthermometry and laser Raman microprobe analysis. Abstract. Meeting of American Current Research of Fluids Inclusions. Program and Abstracts.

Seitz J. C. Pasteris J. D., Wopenka B., Bodnar R. J., and Sterner S. M. (1986) Using laser Raman microprobe (LRM) spectroscopy to bridge the gaps in mircrothermometric (MT) composition data in the C02-CH4-N2 system. Abstract. Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Abstracts with Program, 18, 774.

Singh J., Blencoe J. G,. and Seitz J. C. (1998) Experimentally determined excess molar volumes for H20-N2 fluids at 300°C, 75-1000 bars. Abstract. Geological Society of America Annual Meeting. Abstracts with Program, A319.

Seitz J. C., D’Antoni H., and Skiles J. W. (1999) Correlation of TOMS ozone and ground-based UV-B measurements for Ushuaia, Argentina. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. EOS, Transactions AGU Volume 80, No. 46, F140.

Seitz J. C., Schulte M. D., Hall A. S., and Rhett G. W. (2010) Determination of the Volumetric Properties of Dilute D-glucose solutions to 50.0 MPa and 433.15 K. Astrobiology Science Conference, April 26-29, 2010. Extended Abstract.

Seitz J. C. Schulte M. D., Rhett G. W., and Hall A. S. (2011) Volumetric properties of dilute l-cysteine solutions to 50 MPa and 393.15 K toward a better understanding of the origin of life. American Chemical Society National Meeting, March 27-31, 2011. Abstract.

Singh J., Blencoe J. G., and Seitz J. C. (1998) Experimentally determined excess molar volumes for H2O-N2 fluids at 300°C, 75-1000 bars. Abstract. Geological Society of America Annual Meeting. Abstracts with Program, A319.

Skiles J. W., D’Antoni H. L., Condon E. P., and Seitz J. C. (1998) Using an ongoing study of terrestrial plant response to ultraviolet radiation in Project ALERT. Abstract. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. EOS.

Grant Awards

George and Miriam Phillips Outstanding Professor of the Year (California State University East Bay, 2010).

NASA Ames Research Associate. August 1998- October 2000.

Stanford University-ASEE Faculty Research Fellowship. (NASA Ames Research Center, 1998 and 1999).

U.S. Department of Energy Distinguished Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (Oak Ridge

National Laboratory, 1994, 1995, 1996). Dissertation Research Fellowship (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 1991-1993).

Best Invited Paper (Microbeam Analysis Society, 1990).

 Tillman Award for Teaching Excellence (Virginia Polytechnic Institute, 1990).

Wheeler Fellowship (Washington University).

Research Internship (Argonne National Laboratory, 1986).

John E. Ohle Award for Outstanding Senior in Geology (Washington University, 1986).

Service

2006-present: Chair, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (formerly Geological Sciences).

2008-present: Professor of Geology. California State University, East Bay.

2003-08: Associate Professor of Geology. California State University, East Bay.

2008-present: Faculty Advisor, East Bay Science Project at the California State University, East Bay. California Science Project.

2000-08: Director, East Bay Science Project (formerly the BEST Institute) at the California State University, East Bay. California Science Project.

1997-2003: Assistant Professor of Geology. California State University, East Bay (formerly California State University, Hayward).

1994-97: U.S. Department of Energy Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship. Chemical and Analytical Sciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory. P-V-T studies of aqueous gas mixtures.

1991-94: Dissertation research fellowship, Chemical and Analytical Sciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

1989-91: Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Geosciences, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

1986-89: Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Washington University.

1987: Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Earth and Planetary Science, Washington University.

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