We are pleased to announce the donation of the MOVE software package to the Department of Geosciences by the Scotland-based Petroleum Experts Limited. This industry-standard software package is valued at $2.18 million and provides tools for 3D analysis and geophysical and structural modeling of deformation of the Earth's crust.
This week several faculty and students are presenting at the American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting in Washington DC. If you're there, check out these great talks by Kevin Bean, Dr. Forrest Bowlick, Xin Li, Dr. Eve Vogel, and Dr. Piper Gaubatz:
A 1:24,000-scale geologic map and database of surficial materials has been released by the USGS for Massachusetts. This has been a major effort by State Geologist Steve Mabee and the Massachusetts Geological Survey, in collaboration with the USGS, since 2002. The database and map represents the culmination of nearly 80 years of state-federal cooperation and research.
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.”
The UMass Amherst Geography Club was the top-scoring team for the fourth consecutive year in the World Geography Bowl held at the 2017 New England-St Lawrence Valley (NESTVAL) divisional meeting of the American Association of Geographers. The highest scoring team, geography students Kevin Bean, Carson Caraluzzi, Becca Feidelson, Will Kostick, Simon Perreira, and Le Tran, traveled to Central Connecticut State University for the October 20th competition.
Several of our faculty and students are presenting their research at the GSA annual meeting in Seattle this week. Below is a schedule of presentations, sessions chaired, and events hosted by members of our department:
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.
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