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What's New in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department

March 30, 2017

It has been another exciting and productive year at the Heights! I hope you enjoy a look at some of the highlights in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department:

  • Department Chair John Ebel was elected a fellow of the Geological Society of America.
  • Assistant Professor Jeremy Shakun was published in the journal Nature Communications for his research on the recent CO2 rise and melting glaciers.   
  • Associate Professor Noah Snyder and Assistant Professor of the Practice Tara Pisani Gareau were two of the organizers of the Our Common Home conference that explored the papal encyclical Laudato Si'.
  • Assistant Professor Corinne Wong was featured in Earth Science Women's Network member spotlight.
  • Associate Professor Alan Kafka won the Faculty Award for Support of Student Athletes.

In other news, our department continues to grow in both numbers of majors and research output. In the fall we welcomed Associate Professor Ethan Baxter, an isotope geochemist and petrologist. Professor Baxter and Assistant Professor Corinne Wong are poised to begin state-of-the-art geochemistry measurements for their research on tectonic history and climate history, respectively, in our new clean isotope geochemistry laboratory and mass spectrometer facility. Associate Professor Rudolph Hon is working on a publication with Springer to summarize the environmental impact of winter deicing chemicals.

Our department research is taking on an increasingly international focus, with Professor Wong working on climate studies of Brazil, Professor Baxter analyzing subducted rocks from Greece, Assistant Professor Seth Kruckenberg studying geologic structures in Antarctica, and Associate Professor Gail Kineke running near-shore sedimentation experiments in China. Graduate and undergraduate students are involved in all of these research opportunities. 

We always look forward to hearing from alumni, and we hope that you will be generous in your support for the EES Department.


John E. Ebel
Chair, Earth and Environmental Sciences Department

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