A timely discussion related to the escalating number of earthquakes in the central United States will be the focus of Park University’s Johnson Family Lecture Series in Science on March 28. The event will begin at 7 p.m. in the Jenkin and Barbara David Theater within Alumni Hall on the University’s Parkville Campus.

Heather DeShon, Ph.D., a seismologist and associate professor of geophysics at Southern Methodist University, will present a discussion on “Earthquakes in the Central United States: Links to Wastewater Disposal, and Oil and Gas Production.” Based on case studies, DeShon will explore how the injection of fluids into the subsurface can cause dormant faults to induce earthquakes. She will also discuss what data is needed to improve mitigation strategies and understand the long-term earthquake hazard and risk implications for the region.

The lecture is free and open to the public, though registration is requested at www.park.edu/johnson.