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.
Tom Weber and Nicola Wiseman '18 use data science to understand how greenhouse gases affect global climate systems -- 10 October 2019
Mauricio Ibanez-Mejia contributed chapters to a book recognized by Colombia's Alejandro Angel Escobar Awards in Science and Solidarity, Hace Tiempo, un viaje paleontológico ilustrado por Colombia (Long Ago: an illustrated paleontological journey through Colombia), published by Instituto Humboldt in association with The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute -- 10 October 2019
Gautam Mitra, Professor of Geology and current Graduate Studies Director of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, was presented the “Geology and Tectonics Career Contribution Award” -- 3 October 2019
|The Geological Society of America published the following citation by Steven Wojtal of Oberlin College:|
With students and colleagues, Gautam Mitra has insightfully examined rock deformation at different crustal levels and contributed significantly to our understanding of the tectonics of fold-thrust belts. Gautam's publications present original, objective, and insightful observations of the map patterns, structures, and microstructures of naturally-deformed rocks, and they draw upon a deep understanding of the mechanics and material sciences literature in interpreting them. From his first publication to his latest work with students and colleagues, Gautam's work is exemplary in analyzing rock rheology and exploring the roles that rock rheology plays in the development of map-scale, outcrop-scale and microscopic structures.
Of particular note are Gautam's research contributions in three areas. One concerns the processes by which deformation localizes within fault and/or shear zones. Gautam was among the first to document the role of grain fracture in forming fine-grained matrix in deformation zones and to emphasize how fabric development facilitates strain softening in them. Second, Gautam and his students have collected extensive fabric and strain data and incorporated those data into map- and regional-scale balanced sections across the Appalachians, Rocky Mountains, Scottish Caledonides, and Himalayas. Third, Gautam has used energy minimization principles as a tool to understand the formation of rock structures. More recently, Gautam has broadened his scope to examine fluid flow in thrust belts and the geometry and kinematics of rifting.
Gautam’s characteristic approach of detailed examination and careful interpretation of the rock record, across scales, continues to inspire students and to guide work in our science. In addition to four decades of sustained, high-quality research, Gautam has served the community in a variety of ways. He has mentored more than thirty graduate students, including some he inherited after the death of David Elliott. Many of them now fill tenured positions at U.S educational institutions or work in government or industry. Several international students have established themselves as scientific leaders in their home countries. Gautam also co-authored a widely used text and was a journal and monograph editor. On the basis of his scholarship, mentoring, and community service, Gautam Mitra is a deserving recipient of this year's Career Contribution Award.
John Tarduno named Dean of Research -- 3 September 2019
Researchers solve 'Hot Spot' debate -- John Tarduno and Richard Bono (former postdoctoral research associate) provide insight into the origin of large-scale structure of Earth's surface and deep interior with their new publication in Nature Communications. -- 1 August 2019
Mauricio Ibanez-Mejia receives a Furth Fund award for early career faculty to promote research activities. See the May 3rd edition of Research Connections -- 3 May 2019
Tom Weber offers a New View of how ocean 'pumps' impact climate change -- 25 April 2019
A round of applause and congratulations to our seniors presenting in the Undergraduate Research Expo '19
The Undergraduate Research Exposition is a College-wide event in which students are invited to present their work. This year, 5 students from EES gave presentations to peers, faculty, and friends.
Stuart Goldstein, '19 (Carmala Garzione)
Patricia Hanna, '19 (Karen Berger)
Lillian Henderson, '19 (Thomas Weber)
Derrick Murekezi, '19 (Mauricio Ibanez-Mejia)
Hannah Tompkins, '19 (Mauricio Ibanez-Mejia)
Congratulations to Stuart and Derrick, who were recognized with a Dean's Prize and a Professors Choice Award, respectively, for their research efforts.
Professor Carmala Garzione appointed Associate Provost at RIT -- 26 February 2019
John Tarduno discusses the Ediacaran magnetic field with BBC World Service - Science in Action.
- Link to full podcast (segment begins at 14:28 and ends at 20:33) -- 3 February 2019
Earth's inner core is younger than we thought -- Richard Bono (PhD '16) and the UR Paleomagnetism Lab present vital clues - 30 January 2019
Were The White Mountains Once As Tall As The Himalayas? Carmala Garzione provides insight - New Hampshire Public Radio - 30 November 2018
CEE receives $1 million grant for campus solar project - 23 October 2018
4-Billion-Year-Old Crystals Offer Clues to the Origins of Life Using the chemical fingerprints of zircons, Dustin Trail and his team identified an array of sediments likely present on early Earth, where the oldest biochemical reactions could have brewed - 26 September 2018
Lisa Grohn wins the women's division of the Rochester Marathon with a time of 3:01:29 - 23 September 2018
A sparkling summer in the field - Geology major Ben
Microenvironments in the deep ocean
Peter Neff dropped a piece of ice into a borehole on an Antarctic glacier, and “the resulting noise is so unexpected and fascinating.” Neff and his team are drilling holes in the Taylor Glacier to recover ice cores and study the gases trapped inside. - 6 March 2018
Division of Earth Sciences Express Update - Winter 2018 Vol. 3 - The Earth sciences community is abuzz about changes to the Earth's magnetic field, which points our compass needles North and protects our atmosphere from harmful radiation. EAR-supported University of Rochester researchers John Tarduno and Vincent Hare have helped start a conservation about the anomaly. Their article in The Conversation is well on its way to a million reads! - 28 February 2018
New data helps explain recent fluctuations in Earth's Magnetic Field - 28 February 2018
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.
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 University of Rochester 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
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
Vasilii Petrenko and
John Tarduno receives
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