• Boutt to study impacts of lithium extraction

    Dr. David Boutt, crouched by small, short, concrete lined water channel in the Salar de Atacama, surrounded by desert landscape with brush and brown snow-capped mountains and clear blue sky.

    Dr. David Boutt, along with colleagues at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, has been commissioned as part of a cooperative study to investigate how lithium extraction impacts the hydrologic environment in Latin America, especially with regards to lithium brine-fresh water aquifer systems. The goal of the study is to provide companies with better guidance on sustainable lithium extraction.

  • Dr. Piper Gaubatz publishes The Chinese City

    Book Cover for "The Chinese City" feturing title in white san-serif text over photograph of stone-paved courtyard festively hung with red, oblate, paper lanterns.

    The Geosciences Department is pleased to announce the November 29, 2020 publication of The Chinese City (Routledge, 2021), by Professor Piper Gaubatz (Geography Program) and Professor Weiping Wu (Director, Columbia University Graduate Program in Urban Planning). This is a completely revised second edition of their 2012 book.  The book engages with major recent changes in Chinese cities and urban life.

  • U-Mass Geosciences at AGU

    AGU Fall meeting logo with slogan "Online Everywhere" and dates of meeting: December 1-17 2020

    U-Mass Geosciences has a strong showing at the (virtual) annual Fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union this year, with 43 department members as authors on 39 talks and posters from December 7th - 16th, 2020. If you're attending #AGU2020 this year don't miss out! Here is a schedule of who is presenting and when:

    Click here to browse the presentations by author.

  • UMass Geography Club wins 2020 World Geography Bowl

    Zoom screenshot of UMass Geography Club members with text: "2020 American Association of Geographers New England-St Lawrence Valley Division World Geography Bowl Champions University of Massachusetts Amherst

    Congratulations to students from the UMass Geography Club for winning the 2020 World Geography Bowl at the American Association of Geographers New England-St Lawrence Valley Division Meeting, November 13, 2020.  

    This was the fifth recent win for the UMass team, which also won with the top score in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017, and placed 3rd in 2018 and 2019.  Several team members will represent the New England region in the national competition in Spring 2021.  

  • Dr. Michele Cooke recognized for leadership in inclusive teaching

    Picturre of Dr. Michele Cooke in front of white wall, gesturing to right of viewer, fingers splayed towards ceiling,and pointing at her ear.

    The International Association for Geoscience Diversity recently named Dr Michele Cooke, geosciences, as the recipient of its 2020 International Association for Geoscience Diversity Inclusive Geoscience Education and Research Award for her work as a “foundational leader in accessible and inclusive geoscience teaching in both the classroom and field for over 20 years, all while maintaining a successful research career in geomechanics and structural geology.


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