GeoNews

Robert Thorson’s Latest Book, The Boatman: Henry David Thoreau’s River Years

Geoscience faculty member Robert Thorson (Thor) recently published his latest book, The Boatman: Henry David Thoreau’s River Years.

It has reached #11 for Environmental Science publications in Library Journal.

http://reviews.libraryjournal.com/2017/10/best-sellers/environmental-science-october-2017-best-sellers/

You can read reviews of the book here: http://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/henry-david-thoreau-parini/

And here: https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/the-slide-rule-and-the-crowbar-henry-david-thoreau-in-the-anthropocene/

 

Earth Science Fair

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.

Geomicrobiology (MARN 4895 GSCI 4130) Fall 2016 – first time offered since 2012

MARN 4895 GSCI 4130 Geomicrobiology

Microbes have dominated life for most of Earth’s history, shaping our planet and
playing a key role in many of Earth’s processes. Microbial metabolism is at the
basis for the search for life beyond our planet…..

Lectures – Short Labs – Fieldtrip
Offered in Storrs and Avery Point

 

Course content: The Origin of Life, Microbial diversity and biogeochemistry,
Microbe-mineral interacVons, Element cycling, Banded iron formaVons,
Carbonate build-ups, Microbialites, Atmospheric record, Hydrothermal vents,
Astrobiology, Extreme environments, Thermodynamics, Fossil record, and
Methods in Geomicrobiology

Three credits; Lectures Tues/Thurs 12:15-1:45pm. Weekend Field trip in
October to Green Lake, NY, and Devonian Stromatolites, Lester Park, NY
For more information contact: Pieter Visscher (pieter.visscher@uconn.edu)

UConn Alumni, Kevin Bohacs, presents at Geoscience Seminar Series

On March 8th, at a standing-room only attended event held in the Student Union, UConn Alumni (’76) Dr. Kevin Bohacs was the guest speaker for Center for Integrative Geosciences Spring Seminar Series.

Dr. Bohacs talk was entitled “The path to Gale Crater—the role of terrestrial field work in selecting a landing site on Mars.”

Dr. Bohacs is a senior research scientist with ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company. His work integrates many scales of field and laboratory investigation, from plate tectonics to molecular geochemistry, to quantitative reconstructions of climate, oceanography, tectonics, and ecosystems of ancient depositional systems ranging from deep ocean to swamps and lakes.

Dr. Bohacs is also responsible for the establishment of “the Nugget Fund”, the first endowment in Geoscience, set up to help offset the travel costs associated with geological field work by providing financial assistance for students on field trips, and supporting undergraduate research and enhancing departmental programs, such as symposia, lectures, and conferences.

The event was well attended by undergraduate and graduate students across various disciplines, as well as faculty and staff from departments throughout the university.

 

Geoscience Field Course Investigates the Sustainability of the Bahamas by Bri Diaz of CLAS

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.

(Link to full story in CLAS News here)

Professor and Head of the Center for Integrative Geosciences Lisa Park Boush (left), Dana Yakabowskas ’16 (CLAS) (top row, fourth from right) and Sam Loeb ’16 (CLAS) (top row, third from right) pose with classmates at North Point Beach in San Salvador, Bahamas. (Photo courtesy of Lisa Park Boush)

Professor Thorson’s Hartford Courant Columns

Don’t miss Thor’s latest columns:

 

Lump of coal for Christmas? I’ll take two – Hartford Courant
www.courant.com
A lump of coal in your stocking at Christmas was something for bad children, but Robert Thorson, budding geologist, would have been thrilled to get a big piece of …

http://www.trbimg.com/img-567af73f/turbine/hc-op-thorson-coal-in-stocking-1224-20151223

 

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No One Noticed Cheaper Flint Water Was Contaminated?

www.courant.com
Hartford and Flint, Mich. ; a tale of two cities.

http://www.trbimg.com/img-569fd0ce/turbine/hc-op-thorson-flint-water-disaster-0121-20160120

Bahamas Education Abroad – Student Blog

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.

“Geoscience Field Course Investigates the Sustainability of the Bahamas”
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Greg Goes To Zambia

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Greg goes to Zambia

Ten Days

Peace Corps! Zambia! Fish!

I’ve never written a blog post before, figured I’d start it off with a TL;DR for those of you who don’t want to put up with my insane ramblings. I’m Greg! I graduated from college recently with a BS in Geoscience, and before that attended a high school that focused in aquaculture (we built boats in Tech and went sailing for PE. I’m from Connecticut if you couldn’t tell.) Now I’ve been given the amazing opportunity to be a Rural Aquaculture Promotion volunteer in the Peace Corps!

Follow Greg’s exciting journey on his blog here: greggoestozambia.wordpress.com

https://greggoestozambia.wordpress.com/2016/01/28/ten-days/