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Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

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Grace Lisius

2016 McCarthy Prize in Natural Sciences

Graduating senior Grace Lisius (Biology major, Geological Sciences minor) won the 2016 McCarthy Prize in Natural Sciences for her Scholar of the College thesis titled "Vegetation Community Response to Hydrologic and Geomorphic Changes Following Dam Removal in a New England River." During the summers of 2014 and 2015 Grace conducted fieldwork for her project on the Souhegan River in southern New Hampshire with Prof. Noah Snyder, collaborator Mathias Collins, and other Earth and Environmental Sciences students. She starts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in the fall.

BC Researchers Present at the USA Science & Engineering Festival

Earth and Environmental Sciences faculty and students, along with BC colleagues from Chemistry, Physics, the Lynch School of Education, presented our research at this year's USA Science and Engineering Festival. "Science on display: BC researchers present at the USA Science & Engineering Festival, an innovation showcase that draws a million visitors, many of them K-12 students, to Washington, D.C."

2016 Master's Completions

  • Yahya Abushaheen - "Quantitative Analysis of High Resolution Chirp Sub-Bottom Profiler Data in the Arabian Gulf Shallow Marine Sediments"
  • Fernando Alvarado Blohm - "Determination of Hydraulic Conductivities Through Grain-Size Analysis"
  • Shaina Cohen - "An Assessment of Heterogeneity within the Lithospheric Mantle, Marie Byrd Land, West Antarctica"
  • Caleb Lucy - "Rapid Acquisition of Low Cost High-Resolution Elevation Datasets Using a Small Unmanned Aircraft System: An Application for Measuring River Geomorphic Change"
  • Vanessa Napoli - "Relative Locations of Earthquakes Along the Northeast U.S. Atlantic Passive Margin and Source Parameter Comparison to the 1929 Grand Banks Earthquake"
  • Barbara Wortham - "Last Millennium Decoupling of the South American Summer Monsoon and Local Hydroclimate of Central Brazil"

We're on Instagram! @BC_EarthandEnviro

We are very excited to announce the launch of the official Instagram account for the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences. Our Instagram handle will be @BC_EarthandEnviro; look us up and follow! We want you to contribute by submitting photos (and captions) and you can choose how you'd like to be credited (full name, initials, Instagram handle, anonymously, etc.). Please send all submissions to Examples of photos you may want to submit include (but are not limited to): Research, Field trips, Conferences, Classes, Promotions for upcoming events, Profiles of students and/or faculty.

Recent Publications

John Waldman, Karen A. Wilson, Martha Mather & Noah P. Snyder, 2016. A Resilience Approach Can Improve Anadromous Fish Restoration, Fisheries, 41:3, 116-126.

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

Find us on Instagram! @BC_EarthandEnviro

Find us on Instagram! @BC_EarthandEnviro

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