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Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

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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!

Ethan Baxter

New Faculty

The Earth and Environmental Sciences Department Welcomes Professor
Ethan Baxter!

South Asia's earthquake

Geophysicst John Ebel, chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, spoke with Reuters about the earthquake that struck Afghanistan and Pakistan earlier this week. Pickups ranged from the New York Times, Newsweek and Al Jazeera America to the Irish Times Sydney Morning Herald.

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.

Upcoming Events

Seminar Series
Professor Emily Peterman, Bowdoin College
"Atypical Metamorphic Reactions in Zircon From HP/UHP Metapelites: Case Studies in Northern Appalachians and the Greek Rhodope Mountains"
Wednesday, December 2nd - Devlin 201 @ 12pm

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