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Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

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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.

Jeremy Shakun

The Great Thaw

As the COP21 climate change conference takes place in Paris, Earth and Environmental Sciences Assistant Professor Jeremy Shakun discussed how man-made pollution has increased the speed at which the world's glaciers are melting. Washington Post

Mike Tappa

Welcome Mike Tappa!

The Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences is pleased to welcome Michael Tappa as our new Manager of Major Analytical Research Laboratories. Mike brings 10 years of experience in isotope and analytical geochemistry including TIMS, ICMP-MS, and SHRIMP analysis of radiogenic and stable isotopes, as well as related clean lab and other sample preparation. Most recently, since 2011, Michael served as Research Scientist and Lab Manager for the Center for Isotope Cosmochemistry and Geochronology at the NASA Johnson Space Center. He also gained experience as a graduate student at UNC Chappell Hill, and as a research associate at Virginia Tech. At Boston College, Michael will manage our new TIMS, IRMS, and Clean Lab Facilities as well as the recently upgraded SEM Facility. Renovation of the new labs will be completed in Spring 2016. Welcome Mike!

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.

Traykovski, P., J. Trowbridge, G. Kineke, 2015. Mechanisms of surface wave energy dissipation over a high-concentration sediment suspension, Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 120:1638-1681, DOI: 10.1002/2014JC010245. 

Wong, C.I., Banner, J.L., Musgrove, M., 2015. Holocene Climate Variability in Texas, USA: An Integration of Existing Paleoclimate Data and Modeling with a New, High-Resolution Speleothem Record. Quaternary Science Reviews, Vol. XX, pg. 1-19.

Dragovic, B., Baxter E.F., Caddick,M.J. 2015. Pulsed garnet growth and dehydration at blueschist facies conditions, Sifnos, Greece. Earth & Planetary Science Letters, 413, p.111-122.

Shakun, J. D., Clark, P. U., He, F., Lifton, N. A., Liu, Z., and Otto-Bliesner, B. L. 2015. Regional and global forcing of glacier retreat during the last deglaciation. Nature Communications, 6, doi:10.1038/ncomms9059.

Find us on Instagram! @BC_EarthandEnviro

Find us on Instagram! @BC_EarthandEnviro

Upcoming Events

Student Colloquium and End of Year Banquet
Friday, May 6
Colloquium - 9:00am - 4:30pm
Banquet - 5:00pm - 8:00pm @ The Green Briar Irish Pub


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