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Research Highlights

2017

Lee Murray investigates how ancient ozone levels provide a glimpse into the future effects of climate change - 19 June 2017

Tom Weber uses data science to understand global climate systems - 24 April 2017

John Kessler and colleagues answer questions about methane gas hydrates and climate in Eos  - 14 April 2017

Carmala Garzione and Junsheng Nie show that Tibet sediments reveal climate patterns from late Miocene, 6 million years ago

John Tarduno to receive the 2017 Petrus Peregrinus Medal in recognition of his research on the evolution of the early Earth's magnetic field - 23 March 2017

EES Student Ulrik Soderstrom (BA, 2016; MS, 2017) featured in UR Newscenter, Data Science for a Better Planet - 24 February 2017

John Tarduno and post-doctoral researcher Vincent Hare discuss the weakening of Earth's magnetic field
           The Conversation - 5 February 2017
           Newsweek - 6 February 2017 

John Kessler and the US Geological Survey review the interaction of climate change and methane hydrates 8 February 2017

2016

New prehistoric bird species discovered by a team of University of Rochester geologists, led by John Tarduno 19 December 2016 
           New York Times article 22 December 2016

John Kessler and students in his advanced undergraduate seminar in Earth and Environmental Sciences explore the dynamics of naturally occurring greenhouse gases in the Great Lakes in the November-December 2016 issue of Rochester Review 17 November 2016

Carmala Garzione Named Helen F. and Fred H. Gowen Professor:

Professor Garzione is a leader in the study of how tectonics and climate interact as recorded in the world's great mountain ranges, including the Andes and Himalaya-Tibetan Plateau. She uses stable isotope and sedimentary provenance studies to reconstruct paleoenvironments and sedimentary basin evolution. Her work has been instrumental in the development of stable isotope methods for quantitative estimates of paleoelevation of mountain belts. This research has helped to elucidate the processes that cause the surface uplift of mountains. Likewise, understanding the timing of surface uplift of major mountain belts is helping to resolve the role of mountain building in long-term climate change and biological evolution. Professor Garzione's research achievements and international collaborative programs stand as a model for teaching and research deserving of this special recognition.   2 November 2016

Lee Murray, Assistant Professor, is an author on a recent Journal of Geophysical Research article that received an Editor's Highlight this week. 27 October 2016

Paul Koch '82, Dean of Physical and Biological Sciences at University of California, Santa Cruz, is the guest speaker for the Fairchild Colloquium Lecture, as part of Meliora Weekend, October 7, 3-4pm in Lander Auditorium. 
                 Making Mummies Talk: Using Fossils to Understand How Seals Respond to Environmental Change


Searching for more insights on Earth's magnetic field
- Prof. John Tarduno leads students on expeditions to southern Africa and Australia  17 August 2016

Follow the Paleomagnetic Research Lab's expedition to southern Africa and Australia via Twitter  

Thomas Webber discusses the importance of the polar seas in the marine carbon cycle in Research Connections   5 August 2016 

Geology major Derrick Murekezi, '19, and Data Sciences major Ian Manzi, '18, receive Davis Projects for Peace Grant 30 March 2016

Vasilii Petrenko's Antarctic research expedition is featured on NASA Climate blog 9 February 2016

Carmala Garzione is the focus of Research Connections' series; read the transcript here  15 January 2016

John Tarduno to receive Royal Astronomical Society's Price Medal 11 January 2016

2015

John Kessler's research group reports on high rates of methane oxidation at this year's AGU Fall Meeting
Microbes Make a Quick Meal of Methane in a Submarine Canyon - Earth & Space Science News, 28 December 2015

Robert Poreda honored as a Fellow of the Geological Society of America  30 November 2015

Carmala Garzione's Andes research featured in Science News, 28 October 2015
How the Amazon became a crucible of life

Carmala Garzione leads a new NSF PIRE project to evaluate the role of Asian dust in global cooling at the onset of northern hemisphere glaciation

John Tarduno and Paleomagnetic Research Group publish 2 articles bracketing Earth's magnetic field
First measurements taken of South Africa's iron age magnetic field history
           Space.com
           New Scientist


Researchers find that Earth's magnetic shield is 500 million years older than previously thought
           New Scientist
           Nature News
           Reuters

David Raup, Paleotologist, Dies at 82
Link to Democrat and Chronicle article
Link to New York Times article

Vasilii Petrenko and PhD student, Ben Hmiel, talk about their recent Antarctic research expedition on WXXI Connection: Science Roundtable

2014

John Tarduno receives the the 2014 Outstanding Publication Award from the Geological Society of America Geology and Tectonics Division

John Kessler comments on new study regarding methane seeps on the Atlantic margin: New York Times  NBC News

Cindy Ebinger - Why the Appalachians veer off course

Vasilii Petrenko wins the G. Grayson Curtis '58 and Jane W. Curtis for Non-Tenured Faculty Teaching Excellence

Undergraduate Avery Palardy featured on Faces of the NCAA

Udo Fehn co-authors a paper in Geology that solves the mystery of the source of nitrates in the Atacama Desert: 
Press coverage:  Science News    Live Science 

2013

Cynthia Ebinger Named Fellow of American Geophysical Union

John Tarduno speaks with 1370 Connections about his recent RMSC "Science on the Edge" Lecture entitled "Crocodiles at the Poles: Viewing the Past and Future Ice-free Arctic"

Vasilii Petrenko - Greenland ice shows lower CO levels now than in 1950

Paleoclimatologist Vasilii Petrenko wins Packard Fellowship

Students Win National Geothermal Competition

2012

John Kessler - CBS News: Bacteria sucked up 200,000 tons of oil after BP spill

Rare meteorites created in violent celestial collision

"Top of the World" - Undergrads discuss their experience in the High Canadian Arctic during the Summer 2012 Field Season - Rochester Review

Prof. Gautam Mitra received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Graduate Education

New Faculty John Kessler reports on naturally occurring bacteria that consumed oil and natural gas they spilled into the Gulf og Mexico during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon event

Vasilii Petrenko discusses glacial ice and ice core records on "Perspectives" with Curt Smith at WXXI

John Tarduno weighs in on "What if Earth's Magnetic Poles Flip?"

2011

New Assistant Professor, Vasilii Petrenko, discusses his ice core research on WXXI

Prof. Ebinger discusses Afar rift in Science News

Asish Basu discusses the Rajmahal-Bengal-Sylhet Traps, selected as the June 2011 LIP (large igneous province) of the month (See also http://www.largeigneousprovinces.org/)

Vasilii Petrenko discusses his recent research in Antarctica with NPR's The World Today

2010

Carmala Garzione awarded 2010 Goergen award for Excellence in Teaching

Rochester Alum is interviewed as part of a National Geographic Special - Clash of the Continents: The End of Man

Rochester Alum Sara Pruss (Class of '99), now Assistant Professor at Smith College, was asked to be a part of a National Geographic Special, to air this weekend, August 1, at 12 noon (EDT). "Clash of the Continents: Part 2 - End of Man" discusses what Earth may be like 250 million years in the future. Sara teaches Invertebrate Paleontology and Marine Geology at Smith College and her research focuses on Cambro-Ordovician carbonates and the end-Permian mass extinction.

John Tarduno: Oldest Measurement of Earth's Magnetic Field Reveals History of Battle Between Sun and Earth for Our Atmosphere

2009

Carmala Garzione is chosen as a New York Academy of Sciences Award Winner

Cindy Ebinger: New Study in Geology Uses Satellite Imagery to Identify Active Magma Systems in East Africa's Rift Valley

Cindy Ebinger: Scientists Install Seismic Sensors in Galapagos to Generate First 3-D Images of a Hotspot Magma Plumbing System

John Tarduno and Cognitive Scientists Use Eye-Tracking Technology to Learn What Makes a Great Geologist

John Tarduno: Simulations and Ancient Magnetism Suggest Mantle Plumes May Bend Deep Beneath Earth's Crust

Asish Basu: Fledgling Mantle Plume May Be Cause of African Volcano's Unique Lava

John Tarduno: Ancient Turtle Migrated from Asia to America Over a Tropical Arctic