Last year, the department of Geosciences received a generous donation of a fossil collection from Lawrence Osborn.
Professor Rob DeConto is a co-author of a new study, published in the open-access Earth's Future journal, that combines a well-established sea-level rise projection framework plus a model of Antarctic ice-sheet instability suggest in a paper released today that scientists won’t be able to determine until the 2060s which of two different sea-level rise scenarios is most likely to oc
Thanks to the efforts of Dr.'s Ray Bradley and Micheal Rawlins, UMass Amherst has joined 116 other North American colleges and universities in the UCAR consortium, which focuses on research and training in Earth system science.UCAR manages the National Center for Atmospheric Research with sponsorship by the National Science Foundation.
Dr. Toby Applegate, a lecturer in the Geography program, has been awarded a year-long fellowship from Smith College’s Kahn Liberal Arts Institute to contribute to an interdisciplinary project on refugees and forced migration. The fellowship provides both support for ongoing research and an opportunity to participate in a year-long faculty seminar.
Dr. David Boutt has been named the 2018 Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lecturer by the Geological Society of America's Hydrogeology Division.
More information about the lectureship / series, and the talks Dr. Boutt will be giving, can be found here.
Dr. Isaac Larsen will receive the 2017 Luna B. Leopold Young Scientist Award at the 2017 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, to be held 11–15 December in New Orleans, La. The award recognizes a young scientist for “a significant and outstanding contribution that advances the field of Earth and planetary surface processes.”
Find out how New England communities can become more resilient to river floods!Our three-year long University of Massachusetts RiverSmart Communities project announces the release of five target policy recommendations to help New England communities thrive despite river floods. These recommendations will make federal and state programs significantly more effective and helpful to New England towns and cities as they strive to become resilient to future river floods, with relatively limited cost or regulatory change.
Hatch and Gartner were awarded this grant from the North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative. The money will be used to help recreate a regionally consistent assessment of river corridors across the North Atlantic states. Read the whole article here.
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.
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