• Julie Brigham-Grette Addresses International Summit on Arctic Cooperation, Resilience


    AMHERST, Mass. – In her role as chair of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences’ Polar Research Board, geosciences professor Julie Brigham-Grette of the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Aug. 31 gave one of the few invited scientific talks at the international Summit Conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience (GLACIER), organized by Secretary of State John Kerry. President Barack Obama addressed the GLACIER summit at the end of the day.

  • Baseball caps and T-Shirts on sale in the Department Office

    Rausch Gallery t-shirts and Geosciences baseball caps

    Pick up these great looking  caps and T-shirts in the Geosciences Department Office!

    T-shirts are $20​ ($10 is a tax deductable donation to the gallery), and Geosciences baseball caps are $10.
    Purchases can be made in person by cash or check.  You can also mail us a check  with your size and return address by writing to: 


  • Eve Vogel awarded IWR Water Resources Grant

     RiverSmart Communities and Federal Collaborators: Attuning federal agencies and programs with state, regional and local efforts to support ecologically restorative flood prevention and remediation in New England

  • "Bill" Bromery Remembered

    The Department of Geosciences and University of Massachusetts mourn the death of Bill Bromery.

    The UMass Department of Geosciences announces with great sorrow the death on February 26, 2013, of former professor and department head, Randolph W. Bromery.

  • Laurie Brown Delivers the Year's Final Distinguished Faculty Lecture

    Laurie Brown delivered the final Distinguished Lecture Series of the academic year on March 11th, in the Massachusetts Room at the Mullins Center. Following her talk on reversals of the Earth's magnetic fields, Dr. Kumble R. Subbaswamy presented Dr. Brown with the Chancellor's Award. A reception followed the lecture and presentation.


  • Rob D'Anjou's paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

    Climate impacts on human settlement and agricultural activities in northern Norway revealed through sediment biogeochemistry

    US scientists say they can track early human movements by analysing molecules in ancient faecal matter.

    Researchers were able to use prehistoric poo to establish the presence and size of a population dating back over 7,000 years.

  • Alan Condron identifies trigger for Earth’s last big freeze

    For more than 30 years, climate scientists have debated whether flood waters from melting of the enormous Laurentide Ice Sheet, which ushered in the last major cold episode on Earth about 12,900 years ago, flowed northwest into the Arctic first, or east via the Gulf of St. Lawrence, to weaken ocean thermohaline circulation and have a frigid effect on global climate.

  • Joe Hartshorn Memorial

    Joe Hartshorn in the field.The Joseph Hartshorn Endowed Graduate Scholarship in Quaternary Geology will provide annual scholarships to graduate students in the Geosciences Department. Established as a tribute to the late Professor Hartshorn, the scholarship will honor his standard-setting work in glacial geology and his dedication as an educator.


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