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From the Newsroom...

Largest research vessel on the Great Lakes brings Rochester science to Chicago’s Navy Pier

Thu, 22 Jun 2017

Researchers led by earth and environmental sciences professor John Kessler met with schoolchildren and local media aboard the Blue Heron to discuss the team's work on methane levels in the Great Lakes.


Ancient ozone levels provide a glimpse into future effects of climate change

Thu, 15 Jun 2017

A computer model developed at Rochester, and used to compare model data to analysis on 100,000-year-old Greenland ice cores, has shown a surprising result.


Using data science to understand global climate systems

Fri, 21 Apr 2017

Climate scientists and computer scientists are working together to understand what drives the global climate system—from deep in the ocean to high in the sky.


Tibet sediments reveal climate patterns from millions of years ago

Wed, 19 Apr 2017

The Tibetan Plateau in China experiences some of the most extreme weather patterns on Earth, making it an ideal location for Rochester climate scientists to student the complex web of global climate patterns.


Tarduno awarded medal for paleomagnetic research

Tue, 21 Mar 2017

The European Geosciences Union awarded its 2017 Petrus Peregrinus Medal to John Tarduno, a professor of geophysics, in recognition of his research on the evolution of the early Earth’s magnetic field.


Gas hydrate breakdown unlikely to cause massive greenhouse gas release

Wed, 08 Feb 2017

A recent interpretive review of scientific literature performed by researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey and here at Rochester pays particular attention to gas hydrates beneath the Arctic Ocean.


Earth’s magnetic field—reversing or fluctuating?

Wed, 08 Feb 2017

For the last 160 years, the Earth’s magnetic field has been weakening. In an essay shared on Newsweek, professor John Tarduno explains archaeomagnetism research, in which geophysicists team up with archaeologists to study the effects of these changes.


First-of-its-kind study examines Great Lakes methane

Fri, 06 Jan 2017

There is very little data on the methane levels in the Great Lakes, the world’s largest collection of freshwater. Early last spring, earth and environmental sciences professor John Kessler invited five undergraduate students and a master’s degree candidate on a research venture designed to change that.


New prehistoric bird species discovered

Fri, 16 Dec 2016

A team of Rochester geologists has discovered a new species of bird in the Canadian Arctic. At approximately 90 million years old, the bird fossils are among the oldest avian records found in the northernmost latitude.


Searching for more insights on Earth’s magnetic field

Wed, 17 Aug 2016

Geophysicist John Tarduno has taken a group of students to Africa and Australia this summer to continue his groundbreaking work on the strength and direction of Earth's magnetic field. The students are live-tweeting from their research sites, sending photos from the field.