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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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Stewart Edie is a paleobiologist who wants to understand why some groups of organisms are more diverse that others, and how extinction prunes the tree of life.

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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

  • Meet Claire Zurkowski: PSD Highlight

    November 16, 2018

    Claire Zurkowski was featured in a recent "meet PSD" article, asking her about her UChicago experience. Congratulations, Claire!

  • Former Ph.D. Student Christina Hulbe quoted in New Yorker

    November 16, 2018

    Christina Hulbe, now a Professor and Dean of the Surveying School at the University of Otago (New Zealand), was quoted in a recent New Yorker piece on climate change.

  • Congratulations to Dr. Bloch-Johnson!

    November 08, 2018

    Congratulations to Dr. Jonah Bloch-Johnson, who successfully defended his thesis today! The title of his thesis is "Causes and implications of time-varying climate sensitivity" and his committee members were Dorian Abbot, Liz Moyer, and Malte Jansen. Awesome work Jonah!

  • Andrea and Olivia Rock the Undergraduate Research Symposium

    October 12, 2018

    Andrea Salazar and Olivia Alcabes had excellent poster presentations at the 5th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium today. Andrea's poster was titled "Testing for Climate Limit Cycles on Tidally Locked Planets" and Olivia's was titled "The Survivability of Alien Life on Gaian Exoplanets with Changes in External Forcing." Awesome job Andrea and Olivia!!

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