In a new paper in Quaternary Science Reviews, successful PhD candidate Greg de Wet and fellow researchers use the sedimentological record proglacial lake Gjøavatnet on Amsterdamøya, NW Svalbard to reconstruct the activity of the Annabreen glacier across the entire Holocene. The paper can be accessed here.
Several of our undergraduate are giving presentations this Friday, April 28, at the 23rd Massachusetts Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference. More information about the conference can be found here. A list of students and the research they are presenting can be found in the photo.
The Department of Geosciences is participating in #UMassGives to upgrade our introductory laboratory instruction classroom and outfit it with polished rock tabletops. This will give our students essential, tangible tools for their explorations as part of our introductory courses.
Dr. David Boutt published a recent research in the journal Hydrological Processes showing that upland aquifer systems dominated by thin deposits of surface till – a jumbled, unsorted material deposited by glaciers – make up about 70 percent of the active and dynamic groundwater storage for the region.Read more about the research here.
Graduate students Serena Dameron, Raquel Bryant and Adriane Lam, with Dr. Kinuyo Kanamaru, have been featured in portraits by The Bearded Lady Project this past month. Participants in the project aim to celebrate the critical contirbutions of women scientists to their fields, in addition to educating the public on the gender, race, and class-based inequalities and prejudices that exist in the sciences, with special emphasis on paleontology.
The School of Earth & Sustainability (SES) announces a Call for Submissions for the Student Showcase that is part of the SES Launch on Wednesday, April 19th
Submissions accepted until April 12 at 5 pm. Submit here.
"Computer Science and Programming Courses in Geography Departments in the United States", by new faculty member Dr. Forrest Bowlick and colleagues, was published this past month in The Professional Geographer. The paper summarizes research into how professionally-required computer science and programming skills are integrated into the degree requirements of over 50 GIST and Geography programs in the United States.Read the paper here.
The UMass Amherst Libraries host an interactive sustainability event, “A Climate for Change: Research, Reflection and Action Around Climate Change,” on Saturday, April 1, 2017, from 4 – 7 p.m. on the Lower Level of the W. E. B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Seating is limited.
From Source to Sink: Exploring the impact of climate and landscapes on water's journey Where does water go when it rains? Where does your drinking water come from? Where does it go after you wash the dishes or take a shower?This 2-week course explores these questions and much more as we learn about the hydrologic cycle and how our area’s geology gives us the water that we depend on. You will navigate the Pioneer Valley, learning about the geologic and hydrologic processes that shape watersheds and understanding how watersheds function.
Michael Rawlins has received a five-year, $370,000 grant from the National Science Foundation as part of a multi-institution effort to better understand biological processes and land-ocean interactions controlling the structure and function of coastal lagoons in northern Alaska. Read the full story here and here.
Michael A. Rawlins, associate director of the Climate System Research Center, says in an interview with the Daily Hampshire Gazette that research is inconclusive on whether climate change is leading to more tornadoes such as the one that hit Conway last weekend. But he does say warmer weather helps create conditions that make tornadoes possible.
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