A new paper co-authored by Dr. Stephen Burns uses speleothem records to document paleoclimate in Southern Arabia. The research found over 21 pluvial periods with precipitation of more than 300 mm per year to have occurred since ∼1.1 million years ago. Read more...
Dr. Michael Rawlins, climate modeler and associate director of the geoscience department’s Climate Systems Research Center, is lead author of a new analysis of the changing character of runoff, river discharge and other hydrological cycle elements across the North Slope of Alaska.
Dr. Julie Brigham-Grette was interviewed by the Polish blog Glacjoblogia discussing her research of past climate change— looking particularly into the last 2-3 million years of Earth history across the Arctic.
Dr. Julie Brigham-Grette will highlight the Lake El’gygytgyn Drilling program on PBS's Polar Extremes, airing February 5th and 8pm EST. The show also contains several familiar faces to those in our department, including alum Jeremy Shaken: Watch the trailer, and show, at
PhD students Hannah Baranes and Dr. Benjamin Keisling presenting on ice sheet stability models and estimating flood hazards at the COP25 Cryosphere Pavilion at the U.N. IPCC COP-25 meeting in Madrid! See more, including video of their Early Career talks, at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rH6IS3Rnw4I.
The UMass Geography Club attended the NESTVAL Geography Bowl on October 18th, 2019, hosted by Framingham State University. UMass competed against five other teams and placed 3rd. Salem State University took the top spot, followed by the University of New Hampshire in second place.
U-Mass Geosciences will be attending the The New England-St. Lawrence Valley Geographical Society annual meeting at Framingham State University this week. Dr. Eve Vogel and students will be presenting several papers there on Quebec hydropower and the Northern Pass project, and the U-Mass Geography Club will be competing in the Geography Bowl, defending their previous titles.
PhD student Karin Lehnigk (advisor: Isaac Larsen) has been selected for an NSF GROW-Norway award. GROW (Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide) is a program open to active NSF graduate fellows. Karin will spend Jan-August 2020 in Bergen Norway to study the erosion of Hellemobotn canyon and collect samples for cosmogenic isotope surface dating.
Professor Rob DeConto was in Monaco this week with other members of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) working on a draft summary for policymakers of their Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate.
Graduate students Marsha Allen and Sarah McKnight are representing U-Mass Geosciences this week at the annual meeting of the International Association of Hydrogeologists in Malaga, Spain. Marsha will be presenting her research on groundwater storage assessment and flow path identification in large-scale fractured bedrock aquifer systems, with Sarah presenting her research on hydrologic and stratigraphic impacts to density-driven flo
Several students and faculty from the department are presenting their research at this years annual meeting of the Geological Society of America in Phoenix, AZ. A schedule of U-Mass Geosciences presentations are listed below. Be sure to pop by these talks to hear about some great research!
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