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Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

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With Fulbright, Bednarz to Conduct Research in Armenia

As a young girl growing up in small town Pennsylvania, Natasha Bednarz, MCAS ’17, investigated all things in her path. She explored the outdoors, collected rocks, and read for hours nonstop. Now, at Boston College, Bednarz has a Fulbright Scholarship to her name. After graduation, she will combine her lifelong scientific sensibilities, love of nature, and career goals into a high-caliber research project in the Caucasus region of Armenia. Read More

Faculty Opening: Visiting Assistant Professor in Geophysics

The Earth and Environmental Sciences Department at Boston College seeks to hire a Visiting Assistant Professor for a 1-year term position starting in late summer 2017.  Candidates should have a PhD in Geophysics, Oceanography, Geology or a related field from an accredited institution of higher education by the time of appointment. Experience teaching at the undergraduate level is an advantage.  Learn More

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.

Corinne Wong

Weather Underground, Caves Hold Stories of Climate Change

As you read this, water is dripping onto the floors of caves, seeping through tiny rock fissures and beds of pebbles and sand into the absolute dark of the underground. It’s a commonplace, yet each drop carries clues to the local climate in which it formed. Over millennia, the drops have picked up carbon dioxide and minerals to create stalagmites that, like tree rings, tell how climate has changed. Read More


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.

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 removal, Earth 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 methods, Earth 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 restoration, Fisheries, 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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