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Professor Sue Kidwell uses the fossil record from the last thousand years to understand changes in biological baselines due to human populations.

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Francois Tissot works hard to measure and understand Uranium isotopes in rocks and meteorites to learn about the early Solar System and early Earth.

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Malte Jansen is a creative physical oceanographer with impressive mathematical chops and great taste in problems.

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Geophysical Science News

  • Kööp Nature Astronomy paper covered in New York Times

    July 31, 2018

    A study led by former postdoctoral scholar Levke Kööp used the concentrations of helium and neon isotopes in little blue crystals of the mineral hibonite to show that the Sun was much more active in its early history than it is today. Their work, recently published in Nature Astronomy, attracted the attention of several news outlets, including the New York Times.

  • Jansen awarded Fofonoff Award

    July 23, 2018

    Assistant Professor Malte Jansen has been awarded the prestigious Nicholas P. Fofonoff Award from the American Meteorological Society. This is an early career award given in recognition of research achievement in the field of physical oceanography. Congratulations Malte!!

  • Kite’s Research on Valley Networks on Mars Published in Recent Article

    June 29, 2018

    Geophysical Sciences Assistant Professor Edwin Kite and two collegues have argued in a recent article in Science Advances that the branching geometry of valley networks on Mars is the result of water run-off, not groundwater flow. One important implication of this claim is that Mars possessed an active hydrological cycle in the past that included rain.

  • Foote’s Research on Evolution of Ancient Plankton Featured in PNAS

    June 07, 2018

    Geophysical Sciences Professor Michael Foote and his research colleagues have shown, in a recently published article of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, that there is a demonstrable relationship between instrinsic biotic interactions and extrinsic enviromnetal factors that drive changes in biodiversity. Foote and his colleagues have illuminated how changes in the axial tilt of the Earth influenced the course of evolution in ancient graptoloid plankton over the course of millions of years.

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