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.
Find out how New England communities can become more resilient to river floods!Our three-year long University of Massachusetts RiverSmart Communities project announces the release of five target policy recommendations to help New England communities thrive despite river floods. These recommendations will make federal and state programs significantly more effective and helpful to New England towns and cities as they strive to become resilient to future river floods, with relatively limited cost or regulatory change.
Hatch and Gartner were awarded this grant from the North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative. The money will be used to help recreate a regionally consistent assessment of river corridors across the North Atlantic states. Read the whole article here.
Toby Applegate is one of ten faculty remembers to receive a $1,000 Sustainability Curriculum Fellowship. This award will be used to develop or expand upon sustainability related courses.
John Gartner, a post-doc in the department who works with Christine Hatch, recently had his research featured on the UMass website. He studies the impacts of large floods on rivers, and he recently received a $50,000 from NSF to study the Chickley River. He is interested in examining how large floods have affected human modifications to the river channel.
Mike Jercinovic was honored with the Microanalysis Society's Presidential Science Award, which recognizes "outstanding technical contributions to the field of microanalysis over a sustained period of time." This award recognizes his pioneering work in the field of geochronology with electron microprobe. For more details, see the UMass press release.
Congratulations to alum Ashley Griffith who won GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics division 2016 Outstanding Publication Award for his paper:
Rowe, C.D., and Griffith, W.A., 2015, Do faults preserve a record of seismic slip: A second opinion: Journal of Structural Geology, v. 78, p. 1–26.
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