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.
The Department of Geosciences was invited to create five exhibits showcasing various subjects in earth science, which is currently on display in the Integrated Science Building until the Fall of 2018. A webpage with a link to each exhibit can be found here.
Dr. Michael Rawlins, associate director of the Climate Systems Research Center, received grants from NASA and the U.S. DOE to study climate driven changes in arctic ecosystems. The grants will allow Rawlins and his team to expand on his multi-institutional effort to understand biological processes and land-ocean interactions controlling the structure and function of the Beaufort Lagoons complex in northern Alaska.
Dr. Robert DeConto has received a four-year grant from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Prediction of and Resilience Against Extreme Events (PREEVENTS) program.The goal of the grant is to better characterize the uncertainty in sea-level rise predictions and coastal flooding risk that stems from complex ice-sheet physics and interactions among the ice sheets, ocean, atmosphere and underlying solid land.
Associate Professor David Boutt received an award from the state of Massachusetts to continue monitoring isotopes in groundwater across the state. These data can be used to examine the impacts of drought vs. wet weather on groundwater.
The American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) Earth and Planetary Surface Processes Focus Group announced this week that it has chosen Isaac Larsen, assistant professor of geosciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, to receive the coveted Luna B. Leopold Young Scientist Award for 2017. It recognizes a young scientist “for making a significant and outstanding contribution that advances the field of earth and planetary surface processes.”
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