Last year, the department of Geosciences received a generous donation of a fossil collection from Lawrence Osborn.
Professor Rob DeConto is a co-author of a new study, published in the open-access Earth's Future journal, that combines a well-established sea-level rise projection framework plus a model of Antarctic ice-sheet instability suggest in a paper released today that scientists won’t be able to determine until the 2060s which of two different sea-level rise scenarios is most likely to oc
Thanks to the efforts of Dr.'s Ray Bradley and Micheal Rawlins, UMass Amherst has joined 116 other North American colleges and universities in the UCAR consortium, which focuses on research and training in Earth system science.UCAR manages the National Center for Atmospheric Research with sponsorship by the National Science Foundation.
Dr. Toby Applegate, a lecturer in the Geography program, has been awarded a year-long fellowship from Smith College’s Kahn Liberal Arts Institute to contribute to an interdisciplinary project on refugees and forced migration. The fellowship provides both support for ongoing research and an opportunity to participate in a year-long faculty seminar.
Dr. David Boutt has been named the 2018 Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lecturer by the Geological Society of America's Hydrogeology Division.
More information about the lectureship / series, and the talks Dr. Boutt will be giving, can be found here.
Dr. Isaac Larsen will receive the 2017 Luna B. Leopold Young Scientist Award at the 2017 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, to be held 11–15 December in New Orleans, La. The award recognizes a young scientist for “a significant and outstanding contribution that advances the field of Earth and planetary surface processes.”
For more than 30 years, climate scientists have debated whether flood waters from melting of the enormous Laurentide Ice Sheet, which ushered in the last major cold episode on Earth about 12,900 years ago, flowed northwest into the Arctic first, or east via the Gulf of St. Lawrence, to weaken ocean thermohaline circulation and have a frigid effect on global climate.
The Joseph Hartshorn Endowed Graduate Scholarship in Quaternary Geology will provide annual scholarships to graduate students in the Geosciences Department. Established as a tribute to the late Professor Hartshorn, the scholarship will honor his standard-setting work in glacial geology and his dedication as an educator.
Michael Rawlins, UMass Extension Assistant Professor and the manager of the Climate Research Center was recently interviewed by the UMass-Five College public radio station, WFCR. On September 17th, they broadcast a segment on how the Fall weather might affect the length of the mosquito season on Morning Edition.
- First analyses of the longest sediment core ever collected on land in the Arctic, published this week inScience, provide dramatic, “astonishing” documentation that intense warm intervals, warmer than scientists thought possible, occurred there over the past 2.8 million years.
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