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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

  • Reika Yokochi makes the cover of PNAS!

    August 16, 2019

    Work by Research Assistant Prof. Reika Yokochi made the latest cover of PNAS! Her recent publication probed the dual moisture sources and antiquity of deep desert aquifers in Israel using radiokrypton dating. She and her team determined that the past humid periods in the recharge areas were probably colder than present, and the long subsurface water residence time suggests that the Dead Sea Transform impedes water flow to create natural subsurface water reservoir that lasts hundreds of thousands years. In addition, the Prof. Yokochi was recently quoted in a UChicago News article discussing the publication. Congratulations!

  • TC Chamberlin Postdocotoral Fellowship Announced

    August 16, 2019

    Applications are now being accepted for the Department of Geophysical Science's TC Chamberlin Postdoctoral Fellowship. Click the link above for more information!

  • Open Faculty Positions Announced

    August 16, 2019

    The Department of Geophysical Sciences is pleased to invite applications for open faculty positions. Please click the link above for more information!

  • Abbot and Heard quoted in flipped class article

    August 05, 2019

    A new article by the Physical Sciences Division outlines the successes and areas for growth after the large Physical Sciences core class Global Warming was taught using the flipped method for the first time this spring. The article quotes Associate Professor Dorian Abbot, who led the effort, and graduate student Andy Heard, who was one of the section leaders.

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