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.
Toby Applegate is one of ten faculty remembers to receive a $1,000 Sustainability Curriculum Fellowship. This award will be used to develop or expand upon sustainability related courses.
John Gartner, a post-doc in the department who works with Christine Hatch, recently had his research featured on the UMass website. He studies the impacts of large floods on rivers, and he recently received a $50,000 from NSF to study the Chickley River. He is interested in examining how large floods have affected human modifications to the river channel.
Mike Jercinovic was honored with the Microanalysis Society's Presidential Science Award, which recognizes "outstanding technical contributions to the field of microanalysis over a sustained period of time." This award recognizes his pioneering work in the field of geochronology with electron microprobe. For more details, see the UMass press release.
Congratulations to alum Ashley Griffith who won GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics division 2016 Outstanding Publication Award for his paper:
Rowe, C.D., and Griffith, W.A., 2015, Do faults preserve a record of seismic slip: A second opinion: Journal of Structural Geology, v. 78, p. 1–26.
Congratulations to the new class of GSA fellows:
Carol de Wet (Franklin & Marshall College; nominated by Gail Ashley)
Anna Martini (Amherst College; nominated by Tekla Harms)
Suzanne McEnroe (Norwegian University of Science & Technology; nominated by Laurie Brown)
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.
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