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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

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Jeremy Shakun

The Mystery of the Ice Age Glacial Melt and Its Links to Modern Climate Change

A reexamination of more than 1,000 previously studied glacial boulders pinpoints the rise in carbon dioxide as the primary factor in the simultaneous global retreat of glaciers at the close of the last Ice Age. Published in the journal Nature Communications by Assistant Professor Jeremy Shakun and a team of climate scientists, these findings have implications for the current rising levels of manmade greenhouse gases and retreating glaciers.

Noah Snyder

Conference Will Explore Impact of Laudato Si'

Assistant Professor Noah Snyder is one of organizers of “Our Common Home,” a four day conference which will explore the spiritual and policy implications of Laudato Si’, the Pope’s sweeping encyclical on climate change. The conference will feature numerous distinguished speakers and is co-sponsored by the department of Earth and Environmental Sciences along with more than a dozen campus offices.

John Ebel

Geological Society of America Fellow

Department Chair John Ebel has been elected a fellow of the Geological Society of America for his seismological research, teaching, and work to increase public awareness and understanding of earthquakes.

Recent Publications

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.

Bresney, S.R.*, Moseman-Valtierra, S., and Snyder, N.P., 2015, Observations of greenhouse gases and nitrate concentrations in a Maine river and fringing wetland. Northeastern Naturalist, v. 22, n. 1, p. 120-143, doi: 10.1656/045.022.0125.


Faculty Colloquium
Wednesday, October 14 at 12pm in Devlin 201
Featuring: Professors John Ebel, Rudi Hon, Seth Kruckenberg, and Corinne Wong

New England Intercollegiate Geological Conference (NEIGC)
Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, Friday, October 9 - Sunday, October 11

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