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.
Scientists know that the Arctic is warming faster than any other region, and this is associated with greatly reduced extent and seasonal persistence of sea-ice.
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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