Interested in learning more about the department’s research?
Research from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences is frequently being highlighted in professional journals and national publications. Check out the research highlights below to see where our faculty’s research has been showcased.
Katy Sparrow, '17 (PhD) set out to discover whether or not the ancient-sourced methane, released due to warming ocean waters, survives to be emitted to the atmosphere - 17 January 2018
Vas Petrenko and his research group are highlighted in Rochester Review: Climate Clues Frozen in Time, Rochester Review, November-December 2017 - 08 January 2018
Dustin Trail is the recipient of the 2017 Mineralogical Society of America Award, in recognition of his contributions to studies of the early Earth.
New study suggests that old carbon reservoirs are unlikely to release methane to the atmosphere in response to warming, and that anthropogenic fossil methane emissions are larger than previously thought - 25 August 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 Kessler and the US Geological Survey review the interaction of climate change and methane hydrates 8 February 2017
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 blog9 February 2016
John Tarduno to receive Royal Astronomical Society's Price Medal 11 January 2016
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
Researchers find that Earth's magnetic shield is 500 million years older than previously thought
Vasilii Petrenko and PhD student, Ben Hmiel, talk about their recent Antarctic research expedition on WXXI Connection: Science Roundtable
John Tarduno receives the the 2014 Outstanding Publication Award from the Geological Society of America Geology and Tectonics Division
Undergraduate Avery Palardy featured on Faces of the NCAA
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.