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Carling Hay

Tenure-track Assistant Professor, Environmental Systems Modeler

We are pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Carling Hay from Harvard University.  She will start on September 1, 2017.  Her research focuses on using statistical techniques to better understand global mean sea level during current and past warm periods, and to develop the tools necessary to extract source information from historical sea-level records.  Understanding how past sea level has changed in response to rising surface temperatures is a critical step in our ability to predict sea-level rise into the next century and beyond.

Mass Spectrometry Lab Interactive Tour

The department’s newly renovated mass spectrometry facility, along with Professor's Ethan Baxter and Corinne Wong, are featured in an interactive 360° video published by Boston College Magazine.

Jeremy Shakun

Research for Change

BC paleoclimatologist and Assistant Professor Jeremy Shakun was among faculty presenters at Advancing Research and Scholarship Day that focused on the environment and society.

Jeremy Shakun

Greenland's Glacial Pace: From ancient sands, scientists assemble the first extensive climatological account of the Greenland ice sheet

Assistant Professor Jeremy Shakun is co-author of a new report in the December 8 edition of the journal Nature. The report offers a first detailed climatological history, dating back 7.5 million years, of the Greenland ice sheet.

Ethan Baxter

The Clean Lab

Associate Professor and Chair of Earth and Environmental Sciences Ethan Baxter says the department's new Center for Isotope Geochemistry gives researchers the ability to study earth materials dating as far back as four billion years.

Chris hepburn

Professor Emeritus Chris Hepburn Receives the GSA Distinguished Service Award

Professor Emeritus Chris Hepburn received the Distinguished Service Award from the Geological Society of America this year at its Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado in September. This award is a significant honor in recognition of the work Chris has given to the Society over the years including Chairing of its Annual Meeting and serving on the GSA Council, Executive Committee, and as a Trustee of Geological Society of America Foundation.

Recent Publications

Collins, M.J.Snyder, N.P., Boardman, G., Banks, W.S.L., Andrews, M., Baker, M.E., Conlon, M., Gellis, A., McClain, S., Miller, A., and Wilcock, P., 2017, Channel response to sediment release: insights from a paired analysis of dam removalEarth Surface Processes and Landforms, doi: 10.1002/esp.4108.

Hopkins, A.J.*, and Snyder, N.P., 2016, Performanceevaluation of three DEM-based fluvial terrace mapping methodsEarth Surface Processes and Landforms, v. 41, n. 8, p. 1144-1152, doi: 10.1002/esp.3922.

Waldman, J., Wilson, K.A., Mather, M., and Snyder, N.P., 2016, A resilience approach can improve anadromous fish restorationFisheries, v. 41, n. 3, p. 116-126, doi: 10.1080/03632415.2015.1134501.

,Ebel, J.E., An Enigmatic Little Earthquake Swarm near Searsport, Maine Seism. Res. Lett., 87, in press, 2016.

,Collings, D.A., Savov, I., Maniero, K., Baxter, E.Harvey, J., Dimitrov, I. 2016. Late Cretaceous UHP metamorphism recorded in kyanite-garnet schists from the Central Rhodope Mountains, Bulgaria. Lithos, 246-247, p. 165-181

Strother, P.K.2016. Systematics and evolutionary significance of some new cryptospores from the Cambrian of eastern Tennessee, USA. Review of Palæobotany and Palynology 227: 28-41. doi:10.1016/j.revpalbo.2015.10.006

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