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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

  • 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!!

  • Congratulations, Dr. Tierney!

    September 21, 2018

    Peter Tierney passed his thesis defense this Friday, titled "Characterizing and quantifying habitat heterogeneity, extinction, and persistence of habitat preference in Phanerozoic reefs." His committee members were Sue Kidwell (chair), David Jablonski, Michael Foote, Mark Webster and Scott Lidgard. Congratulations Dr. Tierney!

  • UChicago News Spotlights recent PNAS paper

    September 19, 2018

    Katie Collins, Stewart Edie, Gene Hunt, Kaustuv Roy and Prof. David Jablonski coauthored a paper presenting a new metric for predicting extinction risk. Their results and an interview with Katie Collins and David Jablonski were featured by UChicago News.

  • Provost’s Fellowship

    September 14, 2018

    The Department of the Geophysical Sciences at The University of Chicago invites applications for the Provost's Fellowship. This funding program supports junior scientists from diverse backgrounds, including groups historically underrepresented in Earth and Planetary Sciences, such as women, Black/African-American, Native American, and Hispanic/Latino scholars. The successful candidate will be appointed as a Provost's Fellow for a three-year term, during which they will be able to pursue their independent research interests under the mentorship of the departmental faculty. The Fellow will automatically be considered for promotion to a tenure-track Assistant Professor appointment in the department at the end of the fellowship period. Click the link above to see more and find out how to apply.

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