Department of Geosciences at UMass Amherst
Coastal Habitats Can Weather Sea-Level Rise If There is Enough Sediment
Salt marshes: critical habitats threatened by rapid sea-level rise, may in fact thrive despite higher water levels. The key factor that determines whether salt marshes collapse or flourish involves not water, but sediment.
Student Spotlight: Helen Sajo
She aspires to become a professor one day to teach geography. She hopes to inspire her students to share her passion for the field!
"I chose geography as my secondary major after taking a general education class about climate change my freshman year. It inspired me to look at the world in a more geographical point of view and combined with primary major of economics this proved to be really beneficial.”
New Research on the Science Behind the Life of Earth's Salt FlatsDr. Sarah McKnight, along Dr. David Boutt, Dr. Brendan Moran, and collagues at the University of Alaska Anchorage, are the first to characterize two different types of surface water in the hyperarid salars—or salt flats—that contain much of the world’s lithium deposits. This new characterization represents a leap forward in understanding how water moves through such basins, and will be key to minimizing the environmental impact on such sensitive, critical habitats.
Open Staff position at EGCSThe Department of Earth, Geographic, and Climate Sciences is looking for a business manager...
Dr. Christine Hatch Named Associate Director of Academics for iConsUMass Amherst’s Integrated Concentration in STEM (iCons) Program has announced the appointment of Christine Hatch, extension associate professor in the Department of Earth, Geographic and Climate Sciences, as the new associate director of academics. In her new role, Hatch will oversee the academic programs of iCons and provide leadership to the program’s faculty and students.
New Professional Development program on Hidden CurriculumAa new professional development program at UMass Amherst: UNVEIL: Revealing the hidden curriculum of faculty job application, interviewing and negotiation to contribute to diversifying scientific leadership, is seeking applicants, with a deadline of May 1th,2023. The main goal of this program is to increase diversity among faculty and scientific leadership in the Natural Sciences, with a specific focus on groups under-represented in their fields, and is a collaboration between EGCS, ECo, and Biology.
DeConto named Provost ProfessorThe title of "Provost Professor" recognizes exceptional achievement in research or creative activity, and in teaching. This campus-level faculty honorific is designated for tenure-system faculty who hold the rank of professor and are not already in a named or distinguished professorship
Department at joint NE-SE GSASeveral members of the department presented their research at the joint annual meeting of the Northeastern and Southeastern Sections of the Geological Society of America in Reston, VIrginia.
Summer Courses through UWWHave a cool summer with these hot courses in Geology, Geography, and Climate Systems
EGCS Career SessionWe had a successful session last week for careers in Geology, Geography, and Earth System Science! For those not able to attend the session, slides from the presentation can be found here.
Mike Rawlins delivers TedX talk on climate change in the NortheastDr. Michael Rawlins, associate director of the Climate Systems Research center, delivers a talk at TedX Boston on actionable adaptation to climate change.
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