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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.

We are pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Shannon Graham from Harvard University. She will start on September 1, 2017. Her research focuses on crustal deformation, earthquake cycle and slow slip events. She will be teaching Intro to Geophysics, Geophysical Data Processing, Quantitative Methods, and Exploring Earth History.

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

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.

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

Greenland's Glacial Pace: From ancient sands, scientists assemble the first extensive climatological account of the Greenland ice sheet
Assistant Professor Jeremy Shakun is co-author of a new report in the December 8 edition of the journal Nature. The report offers a first detailed climatological history, dating back 7.5 million years, of the Greenland ice sheet.

The Clean Lab
Associate Professor and Chair of Earth and Environmental Sciences Ethan Baxter says the department's new Center for Isotope Geochemistry gives researchers the ability to study earth materials dating as far back as four billion years.

Professor Emeritus Chris Hepburn Receives the GSA Distinguished Service Award
Professor Emeritus Chris Hepburn received the Distinguished Service Award from the Geological Society of America this year at its Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado in September. This award is a significant honor in recognition of the work Chris has given to the Society over the years including Chairing of its Annual Meeting and serving on the GSA Council, Executive Committee, and as a Trustee of Geological Society of America Foundation.

2016 McCarthy Prize in Natural Sciences
Graduating senior Grace Lisius (Biology major, Geological Sciences minor) won the 2016 McCarthy Prize in Natural Sciences for her Scholar of the College thesis titled "Vegetation Community Response to Hydrologic and Geomorphic Changes Following Dam Removal in a New England River." During the summers of 2014 and 2015 Grace conducted fieldwork for her project on the Souhegan River in southern New Hampshire with Prof. Noah Snyder, collaborator Mathias Collins, and other Earth and Environmental Sciences students. She starts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in the fall.

BC Researchers Present at the USA Science & Engineering Festival
Earth and Environmental Sciences faculty and students, along with BC colleagues from Chemistry, Physics, the Lynch School of Education, presented our research at this year's USA Science and Engineering Festival. "Science on display: BC researchers present at the USA Science & Engineering Festival, an innovation showcase that draws a million visitors, many of them K-12 students, to Washington, D.C.

2016 Master's Completions

  • Yahya Abushaheen - "Quantitative Analysis of High Resolution Chirp Sub-Bottom Profiler Data in the Arabian Gulf Shallow Marine Sediments"
  • Fernando Alvarado Blohm - "Determination of Hydraulic Conductivities Through Grain-Size Analysis"
  • Shaina Cohen - "An Assessment of Heterogeneity within the Lithospheric Mantle, Marie Byrd Land, West Antarctica"
  • Caleb Lucy - "Rapid Acquisition of Low Cost High-Resolution Elevation Datasets Using a Small Unmanned Aircraft System: An Application for Measuring River Geomorphic Change"
  • Vanessa Napoli - "Relative Locations of Earthquakes Along the Northeast U.S. Atlantic Passive Margin and Source Parameter Comparison to the 1929 Grand Banks Earthquake"
  • Barbara Wortham - "Last Millennium Decoupling of the South American Summer Monsoon and Local Hydroclimate of Central Brazil"