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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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Assistant professor Tiffany Shaw uses fundamental principles from fluid dynamics to understand Earth's weather and climate.

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Geophysical Science News

  • Alumna Mairi Best Covered in U Chicago Career Profile

    July 22, 2016

    Former DoGS graduate student Mairi Best (PhD '00) was covered by U Chicago alumni career programs. Best studies taphonomy, how organisms decay over time and become part of the fossil record. She has led efforts to moniter underwater research sites throughout her career.

  • Archer Points out the Importance of Natural CO2 in the Atmosphere

    July 21, 2016

    Professor David Archer has a new paper in Climatic Change in which he considers what would have happened if there had been less carbon dioxide in the natural atmosphere than there turned out to be.  Climate changes kick in strongly when the natural concentration changes significantly, which takes longer if there is more to start with. The natural CO2 acts like a fuse, which we lit in about the year 1800 with the onset of the industrial revolution, and which has taken up to now basically to reach the bomb.  A reviewer called it a new field — Astrosociology.

  • Edwin Kite wins Greeley Award

    June 30, 2016

    Assistant Professor Edwin Kite has been awarded the 2016 Ronald Greeley Early Career Award in Planetary Science by the American Geophysical Union in recognition of his significant early career contributions to planetary science. Congratulations Edwin!

  • Jake Waldbauer wins Simons Early Career Investigator Award

    June 22, 2016

    Jake Waldbauer was selected as an Early Career Investigator in Marine Microbial Ecology and Evolution by the Simons Foundation. This award recognizes outstanding research accomplishment and promise in microbial oceanography. Jake is one of only four Investigators selected for 2016. Congratulations Jake!

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