Congratulations to undergraduate students Cheyenne Haverfield and Liam Nangle, who were inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society this weekend!
We are so proud of our undergrads!
Dr. Robert Thorson has released his latest book “The Guide to Walden Pond”. See it featured in UConn Today and the Boston Globe!
Dr. Michael Hren’s research, along with his post-doctoral fellow Dr.Yvette Eley, was featured in the Hartford Courant.
We would also like to congratulate Dr. Hren on his NSF CAREER Grant!
Professor Robert Thorson teaches an honors course, GSCI 1055: Geoscience Through American Studies. He developed this course in 2004, and it was the first general education course developed specifically for honors enrollment.
The quality of the students’ final projects was incredibly high this year, and Thor would like to share the final products.
Take a look here! We hope you enjoy seeing the incredible work the students put in this semester!
You can find out more about Thor’s work at robertthorson.clas.uconn.edu.
On Saturday, October 14th, the Center for Integrative Geosciences held the second annual Earth Science Fair in celebration of Earth Science Week. The event showcased the research of UConn faculty and graduate students, as well as engaging the public in activities that allowed them to learn about many aspects of Geoscience.
Activities included geode smashing, digging for dinosaurs, drone flight demonstrations, information on the geology of Connecticut, ice cores, flume demonstrations and much more! The event drew a large crowd, despite rainy weather, including UConn students and local families.
The Center for Integrative Geosciences is searching for an Assistant Professor in Residence.
See the full job ad here: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/9182
The Center for Integrative Geosciences has an open position for an Assistant Professor in Geodynamics of Paleoclimate Modeling. See the full ad here: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/8441.
Geoscience Field Course Investigates the Sustainability of the Bahamas
By: Bri Diaz, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
February 22, 2016 Center For Integrative Geosciences, Physical Sciences
Thirteen undergraduate students and two graduate students in UConn’s geoscience program found themselves on the sunny Bahamian island of San Salvador this January. The trip was not part of a tropical vacation, but rather a new winter intersession course that investigated the impact of Hurricane Joaquin, a powerful Category 4 storm that ripped through the Bahamas in late September of 2015.
Offered through the Center for Integrative Geosciences, the two-week intensive field course used the hurricane and its aftermath to study geological and climate-related issues facing small island nations today. Students not only examined the island’s geology, culture, and ecosystem, but also the future environmental sustainability of the archipelago.
“When you hear about going to the Bahamas in January, you think, ‘Oh, this will be nice.’ But it was challenging,” says Sam Loeb ’16 (CLAS), a geosciences major and geographic information science minor who participated in the course. “We got to see completely different geological formations than what we normally see in Connecticut.”
“My honors research focuses on another Bahamian island, so it was really interesting for me to actually be there and experience the culture and geology,” says classmate Dana Yakabowskas ’16 (CLAS), an anthropology, geoscience, and geography triple major.
Student travel for this course was supported by gifts to the Nugget Fund in the Center for Integrative Geosciences.
Bahamas Education Abroad – Program News
13 undergraduate students, 2 graduate students participated in an Education Abroad trip to the Bahamas during Winter Intersession. The trip was led by Director Lisa Park Boush. The students’ blog is available here: www.uconngeoscience.blogspot.com
The trip was subsequently covered by CLAS in a story (link below). Check out the slideshow of images and wonderful article about this important field study course.
Spring 2016 Seminar Series
March 29th: Gregory Hoke, Syracuse
“Constraining long-term surface uplift rates using terrestrial cosmogenic nuclides”
April 5th: Katy Barnhart, University of Pennsylvania
Erosion of icy coastlines and changing sea ice”
April 12th: Isla Castañeda, UMass Amherst
“Vegetation and climate change in southern East Africa during the past 800,000 years: insights from organic geochemical proxies”
April 19th: Alex Rohrmann, Oregon State
Erosion of icy coastlines and changing sea ice”
April 26th: Leigh Fall, SUNY Oneonta
“You are what you eat: stable isotope evidence indicates the predatory snail ‘Neverita duplicata’ is likely an omnivore”