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!
Dr. Mike Jercinovic accepted the Microanalysis Society’s (MAS) Fellow Award at its annual meeting in Portland, Oregon, on Aug. 5. The honor recognizes “eminent scientists, engineers and technologists in the field of microanalysis of materials and related phenomena who have distinguished themselves through outstanding research and service to the microanalysis community,” MAS states.
Professor Sheila Seaman passed away at home in Leverett on Saturday, July 27 after a long heroic battle with cancer. A beloved teacher and researcher in the department, she was a volcanologist who studied active and extinct volcanoes in Iceland, Maine, Arizona, New Mexico, and Canada. She was an avid runner, gardener, protector of land, plants, and animals, and a serious Bruce Springsteen fan. Read more...
This grant pays for a new X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) spectrometer to replace two old and failing X-ray spectrometers at UMass-Amherst. The current instruments have operated constantly for more than 30 years. The new instrument will continue to be an important resource for the students and faculty at UMass, the Five College consortium in the region and universities worldwide. The UMass laboratory has served scientists the world over for more than 30 years. It will now be able to continue the tradition as a valuable and trusted resource for high quality XRF chemical analyses to the U.S.
Stearns A. “Tony” Morse, professor emeritus of geosciences, has received the Mineralogical Association of Canada’s Peacock Medal, its highest award, for “outstanding contributions to the mineral sciences of Canada.” The award was presented at a lunch June 19 during the association’s annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia. Read more...
A collaboration between the Northeast Climate Adapatation Science Center, students, and faculty in the department has resulted in the first decade-scale paleotemperature reconstruction for New England, spanning ~900 years.
Several of our students and faculty will be presenting their work at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America in Indiannapolis. If you're at the conference, be sure to check them out!
Sunday, 4 November 2018
08:05 AM - 08:20 AM
Graduate student Jennifer Hatch, Professor Michele Cooke, and alum Dr. Scott Marshall just published a new open access paper in Geosphere on the active geometry of the southern San Andreas fault: A complicated system, with much more data needed to vastly improve current models of fault geometry and slip rates.
We had a busy and successful open house of our new teaching lab on Friday, featuring an analog modeling table for structural geology, flume table, augmented reality sandbox, and, of course, our alumni-funded stone tables, in addition to the
Could information about activity deep beneath Earth’s crust help humans prepare for major earthquakes through building, planning, and infrastructure?
Once again, the UMass Amherst Geography Club performed well against tough competition at the regional World Geography Bowl during the New England-St Lawrence Valley (NESTVAL) divisional meeting of the American Association of Geographers, October 12, 2018, at Keene State College. The team as a whole placed third in the region, which includes colleges and universities in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Quebec.
Congratulations to Dr. Piper Gaubatz on receiving The American Association of Geographers China Specialty Group outstanding service award! This award is presented to the individuals who provided significant services and leadership or made important contributions to the advancement of China geography studies.
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