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.
The NE Climate Adaptation Science Center recently funded two project by the Dept. of Geosciences: Dr.'s Jon Woodruff, Brian Yellen, Tim Cook, received research funding to study climate change's effects on tidal wetlands in the Northeast, while Dr. Rob DeConto received funding to research local sea level rise & vulnerability along its coastline.
Dr. Christine Hatch has been selected as one of nine fellows to participate in the 2018-2019 U-Mass Amherst Sustainability Curriculum Fellowship. The Sustainability Curriculum Fellowship (SCF) is a year-long interdisciplinary fellowship program that enables UMass faculty to cultivate teaching excellence in sustainability. Read More...
Dr. Forrest Bowlick was recently awarded funding for an NSF grant proposal titled 'Hour of Cyberinfrastructure: Developing Cyber Literacy for Geographic Information Science’. He and his colleagues will be developing one-hour, Jupyter notebook based learning materials to broaden teaching and learning capacities in modern GIS instructional needs, and providing training and outreach opportunities for students and faculty. It is a three year grant in collaboration with researchers at Minnesota, Illinois, and S.
Stepping out of a capsule no bigger than a modest home kitchen, the four-person crew of NASA’s latest Human Exploration Research Analog study “returned” to Earth last month after a 45-day mission to fictional asteroid Geographos. Although the capsule never actually left NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, the mission’s results could shape how the space agency’s astronauts someday handle the isolation, confinement and sleep deprivation likely to occur during interplanetary travel.
A pond full of decaying oak leaves soon turns as brown as tea. Eventually, much of that rotting organic matter is released into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide. Now, a new study by graduate student Jiwei Li and Dr. Qian Yu could improve scientists’ ability to track such emissions by improving how satellites detect dissolved organic carbon (DOC) in freshwater.
The formation mechanism of the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York has long posed a geologic mystery, say seismology researchers at the nearby University of Massachusetts Amherst. A few have been proposed, but until recently tools for evaluating them were not in place, say Geosciences postdoctoral fellow Xiaotao Yang and assistant professor Haiying Gao.
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