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Dr. David Boutt and colleagues have been commissioned to study the hydrological impacts of lithium extraction in Latin A...
01/08/2021

Dr. David Boutt and colleagues have been commissioned to study the hydrological impacts of lithium extraction in Latin America to guide sustainable practices: https://buff.ly/2XyyIFn

[Image: Dr. David Boutt, crouched by small, short, concrete lined water channel holding an antenna attached to geophysical equipment in the Salar de Atacama, surrounded by desert landscape with brush and brown snow-capped mountains and clear blue sky. Source: David Boutt]

#UMass #UMassCNS #UMassGeo #Geoscience #Geology #Hydrogeology #Hydrology #Atacama

PhD student Shaina Sedai is lead author on a recent paper published in Science Advances discussing simulations of dramat...
12/16/2020

PhD student Shaina Sedai is lead author on a recent paper published in Science Advances discussing simulations of dramatic climate impacts from higher Antarctic melt. Find out how she and her co-authors predict how future climate conditions could change: https://buff.ly/3p27Qcx

The Geosciences Department is pleased to announce the November 29, 2020 publication of The Chinese City (Routledge, 2021...
12/16/2020

The Geosciences Department is pleased to announce the November 29, 2020 publication of The Chinese City (Routledge, 2021), by Professor Piper Gaubatz (Geography Program) and Professor Weiping Wu (Director, Columbia University Graduate Program in Urban Planning). This is a completely revised second edition of their 2012 book. The book engages with major recent changes in Chinese cities and urban life. It explores topics such as history and patterns of urbanization, changing urban form, economic and social-spatial transformation, urbanism and cultural dynamics, housing and land development, environmental issues, poverty and inequality, and challenges of urban governance.

For more information, see https://buff.ly/3oUiim1

Less than 48 hours until #MAGISDay2020!  We and our collaborators are hosting a great lineup of free workshops, talks, m...
11/16/2020

Less than 48 hours until #MAGISDay2020! We and our collaborators are hosting a great lineup of free workshops, talks, mapathons, #mappyhour, and more. Visit https://tinyurl.com/magisday for more info.

[Image: Flyer for GIS Day with white text: "Discovering the World Through GIS" the hashtag above, date, and URL superimposed over yellow-green-blue extreme wide-angle tiny-sphere fishbowl image of cultivated croplands on white background.]

#UMass #UMassCNS #UMassGeo #GIS #GIST #CyberGIS #GIScience #WebGIS #Cartogaphy #FiveColleges #GISChat

Congratulations to students from the UMass Geography Club for winning the 2020 World Geography Bowl at the American Asso...
11/16/2020

Congratulations to students from the UMass Geography Club for winning the 2020 World Geography Bowl at the American Association of Geographers New England-St Lawrence Valley Division Meeting, November 13, 2020. Pictured are team members Le Tran, Alex Heilmann, Helen Sajo, Dan Finn, Mark Doherty and Isabel Mezzina, as well as Professor Stephen Young (Salem State University), the World Geography Bowl Organizer, shown presenting them with the championship trophy. This was the fifth recent win for the UMass team, which also won with the top score in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017, and placed 3rd in 2018 and 2019. Several team members will represent the New England region in the national competition in Spring 2021: https://buff.ly/35C91Ix

[Image: Zoom screenshot of UMass Geography Club members with text: "2020 American Association of Geographers New England-St Lawrence Valley Division World Geography Bowl Champions University of Massachusetts Amherst"]

#Umass #UmassCNS #UMassGeo #Geography #NESTVAL #GeographyBowl #WorldGeographyBowl #Geographers #AAG

Graduate student Brendan Moran will be the speaker for our last Monday lunchtime talk of the semester and talking about ...
11/16/2020

Graduate student Brendan Moran will be the speaker for our last Monday lunchtime talk of the semester and talking about his research on Lithium Brine, Orogen-scale Aquifers and Modern Hydroclimate Dynamics on the Arid Altiplano-Puna Plateau, South America: https://buff.ly/35xAPhf

[Image: Glassy-still waters of a tan-colored lake reflecting dark brown mountains and intense blue sky near Lascar Volcano, San Pedro de Atacama. Credit: Michael Busch]

#UMass #UMassCNS #UMassGeo #Geosciences #Hydrogeology #Aquifer #SalarDeAtacama #ClimateScience

We're excited to host Dr. Bronwen Konecky as this week's guest lecturer, who will be talking about Fingerprinting change...
11/12/2020

We're excited to host Dr. Bronwen Konecky as this week's guest lecturer, who will be talking about Fingerprinting changes in the global water cycle over the past millennium: https://buff.ly/3ppfbUs

[Image: Flyer for event with information above and picture of Dr. Konecky on left. On the right, a picture of a choppy sea with intense rainstorm in the distance.]

#umass #umasscns #umassgeo #watercycle #geoscience #water #climatescience #womeninstem

For our Monday lunchtime lecture, new faculty member Dr. Eric Thomas will be telling us about his research on harmful al...
11/09/2020

For our Monday lunchtime lecture, new faculty member Dr. Eric Thomas will be telling us about his research on harmful algal blooms and issues they pose for coastal Patagonia, in addition to industry and local response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Chile: https://buff.ly/2UaEISU

[Image: Blue colored, boxy-shaped salmon farming vessel on open water in front of high snow-capped mountains of Patagonia in the distance.]

#UMass #UMassCNS #UmassGeo #Geography #Patagonia #Chile #Covid19 #Aquaculture #Fisheries #Ecology

This afternoon faculty member Dr. Isla Castañeda will be reprising a department favorite: tips for making effective scie...
11/06/2020

This afternoon faculty member Dr. Isla Castañeda will be reprising a department favorite: tips for making effective scientific figures for talks and papers. 3:30pm: https://buff.ly/2U0qlk6

[Image: Popular meme of vertically stacked screenshots of a young Adam Driver as Kylo Ren from Star Wars shouting "More....More!!!" with increasing ferocity, next to increasingly complex scientific diagrams to the right of his face.]

#umass #umassamherst #umasscns #umassgeo #geoscience #stem #womeninstem #visualcommunication #design #geology #geography #scicomm

We're excited to be hosting guest lecturer Dr. Rachel Licker (Union of Concerned Scientists) today at lunch for her talk...
11/06/2020

We're excited to be hosting guest lecturer Dr. Rachel Licker (Union of Concerned Scientists) today at lunch for her talk, "Who is responsible for climate action? Informing societal discourse with attribution science": https://buff.ly/32iSlDR

[Image: Flyer for talk with above title and speaker name at top, with photograph of Dr. Licker at bottom.]

#umass #umasscns #umassgeo #geosciences #climate #climatechange #womeninstem #attributionscience

Geoscience & Geography undergraduates!  Don't miss tonight's mentor evening with department graduate students. Find out ...
11/05/2020

Geoscience & Geography undergraduates! Don't miss tonight's mentor evening with department graduate students. Find out more and get advice about graduate school, careers, internships, and more: https://www.geo.umass.edu/events/undergrad-grad-mentor-evening

[Image: A wall with several shelves of rubber ducks, all in a row, converging in distance away from viewer.]

#Umass #UmassCNS #Umassgeo #Geosciences #Geography #Geology #GIS #Mentor #Gradschool #Internships #Undergrad

We had a successful alumni career panel last Friday with several alumni meeting with students to talk about their career...
11/02/2020

We had a successful alumni career panel last Friday with several alumni meeting with students to talk about their careers. Alumni stayed after the event to catch up with current students and faculty: https://www.geo.umass.edu/events/geosciences-alumni-panel

[Image: screenshot of Zoom grid of several members of the Geoscience Department community]

#umass #umasscns #umassgeo #geoscience #geology

For our Monday lunchtime lecture, graduate student Grasshopper Anderson-Merritt talks about how climate variability infl...
10/26/2020

For our Monday lunchtime lecture, graduate student Grasshopper Anderson-Merritt talks about how climate variability influences Holocene slip rate along the Mojave San Andreas Fault: https://buff.ly/35ygfMI

[Image: oblique aerial view of an arid brown and flat desert landscape with a low linear hill extending from viewer away into distance: the trace of the San Andreas Fault]

#umass #umasscns #umassgeo #geoscience #geology #tectonics #sanandreas #earthquakes

Several department community members are presenting their research this week at the annual meeting of the Geological soc...
10/26/2020

Several department community members are presenting their research this week at the annual meeting of the Geological society of America, held virtually! To search their schedule and see who is presenting, visit https://community.geosociety.org/gsa2020/home

#umass #umassamherst #umasscns #umassgeo #geosciences #gsa2020

For today's guest lecture series we're thrilled to host Dr. Kristin Morell (@University of California Santa Barbara) for...
10/23/2020

For today's guest lecture series we're thrilled to host Dr. Kristin Morell (@University of California Santa Barbara) for a talk on Forearc deformation in northern Cascadia and active bending in the Olympic Orocline! Today at 12:20: https://buff.ly/3kqp2X0

[Image: Flyer for the event with talk title listed at top, and portrait of Dr. Morell with another photo of a large rock outcrop on a coastline with strata folded towards left of image.]

#umass #umassamherst #umasscns #umassgeo #geoscience #geology #structuralgeology #tectonics #womeninstem

10/22/2020
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Graduate student Kelly McKeon is studying sediment sources to freshwater tidal marshes in the Hudson River. Here in Tivoli, NY, the Hudson has a ~1.2 m tidal range despite the 170 km distance from the open ocean. In this short clip, you can see that the research team had an unexpected assistant - a seal! Dr. Bob Newton, Smith College emeritus professor and UMass PhD (1978) is driving the motor canoe.

[Image source: Dr. Brian Yellen]
#umass #umasscns #umassgeo #geosciences #geology #hudsonriver #sedimentology #harborseal

For our Monday lunchtime seminar graduate student Alina Valop will be telling us about imaging what's under the southwes...
10/19/2020

For our Monday lunchtime seminar graduate student Alina Valop will be telling us about imaging what's under the southwestern U.S. using receiver functions from seismic arrays: https://buff.ly/3jl8kY1

#umass #umassamherst #umasscns #umassgeo #geoscience #geology #seismology #earthquakes #southwest #womeninSTEM

[Image: low-angle light rays illuminate the orange red rocks of the upper Grand Canyon. Source: Jason Thompson via Unsplash]

We're excited for our Friday guest lecture this week! Dr. Liz King (@USACEHQ) on the influence of chemical weathering on...
10/16/2020

We're excited for our Friday guest lecture this week! Dr. Liz King (@USACEHQ) on the influence of chemical weathering on non-traditional stable isotope signatures and the biogeochemical cycling of trace metals. 12:20pm via Zoom: https://buff.ly/37dckaw

[Image: Poster for this lecture with the title of the talk and photo of Dr. Liz King with a graph showing isotope ratios plotted against weathering rate]

#umassamherst #umass #umasscns #umassgeo #geosciences #tracemetals #womeninstem #isotopes #geology #soilscience

For our Monday lunchtime seminar graduate student Matthew Collins discusses the structural geology underlying several ba...
10/05/2020

For our Monday lunchtime seminar graduate student Matthew Collins discusses the structural geology underlying several basins on the moon: https://buff.ly/34m3KmG

[Image: Black night sky with gibbous moon showing several of the dark basins on the surface. Source: Pixabay]

#umass #umasscns #umassgeo #umassamherst #geoscience #structuralgeology #planetarygeology #astronomy #moon #luna #lunar

We are very honored to host Dr. Celeste Winston (Temple University) for this week's Friday lunchtime seminar: "A Black P...
10/02/2020

We are very honored to host Dr. Celeste Winston (Temple University) for this week's Friday lunchtime seminar: "A Black Pandemic Toolkit: Lessons from Black Geographies on Crisis." More info. at: https://buff.ly/2EQzwzq

#umassgeo #umasscns #umass #umassamherst #geography #BlackGeography #crisisgeographies #BlackInStem #BlackGeographies #spaceandplace #pandemic

Will our future climate be as warm as it was 3 million years ago? Today in The Conversation, Dr.'s Julie BG and Steve Pe...
09/30/2020

Will our future climate be as warm as it was 3 million years ago? Today in The Conversation, Dr.'s Julie BG and Steve Petsch discuss their paleoclimate research at Lake El’gygytgyn, Siberia, and the implications of a warming Arctic for our future: https://www.geo.umass.edu/news/dr-julie-bg-and-dr-steve-pesch-warming-arctic

[Image: A lone vibrant blue iceberg floating in a calm purple sea with a gray, overcast sky. Source: The Conversation / Getty Images]

#umassgeo #umasscns #umass #paleoclimate #globalwarming #climatechange #Arctic #geology #geosciences #limnology #sedimentology #womeninSTEM

Dr. Michele Cooke has been recognized by The International Association for Geoscience Diversity (IAGD) with their 2020 I...
09/23/2020

Dr. Michele Cooke has been recognized by The International Association for Geoscience Diversity (IAGD) with their 2020 Inclusive Geoscience Education and Research Award for her work as a “foundational leader in accessible and inclusive geoscience teaching in both the classroom and field for over 20 years, all while maintaining a successful research career in geomechanics and structural geology." Read more at https://buff.ly/303D0pD

#umassgeo #umasscns #geoscience #geology #womeninstem #deafinstem #accessiblegeo

PhD student Raquel Bryant defends her dissertation this morning at 10am! The Western Interior Seaway during the Late Cre...
09/23/2020

PhD student Raquel Bryant defends her dissertation this morning at 10am! The Western Interior Seaway during the Late Cretaceous Oceanic Anoxic Event 2: Paleoceanographic Interpretations of Foraminiferal Assemblages - https://buff.ly/2RTOM1k

To watch the dissertation, tune in via YouTube at http://bit.ly/RaquelLive (link is case sensitive)

(Photo / image credit: Cécile Yézou)

#umassgeo #umasscns #geoscience #geology #foraminfera #forams #cretaceous #blackinstem #womeninstem

College of Natural Sciences at UMass Amherst
08/19/2020
College of Natural Sciences at UMass Amherst

College of Natural Sciences at UMass Amherst

UMass Geosciences professor Julie Brigham-Grette has been selected as a Distinguished Lecturer by the Geological Society of America’s (GSA). Brigham-Grette is a leading world expert in Arctic environmental change and has conducted Arctic research for more than 40 years.
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Learn more about her research and upcoming seminar in the link below.

School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst
08/19/2020
School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst

School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst

Check out this great new resource for teaching GIS courses remotely, coauthored by SPP faculty associate Forrest Bowlick.
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Earth Matters: Nature blossoms in our retreat
08/17/2020
Earth Matters: Nature blossoms in our retreat

Earth Matters: Nature blossoms in our retreat

Did spring seem unusually long this year? Did you notice the miracle of new plants you’d never seen before pushing out of the earth and into your garden?When stay-at-home orders rained down we were on the off-ramp of winter, last year’s dead plants...

Water quality testing to begin in Fort River
07/28/2020
Water quality testing to begin in Fort River

Water quality testing to begin in Fort River

AMHERST — A group advocating for protecting the Fort River and the habitat surrounding the 15-mile long tributary of the Connecticut River, where several swimming holes are used throughout the summer, is beginning water quality tests this month.The...

Dr. Rob Deconto is part of new grant to drill through the Greenland ice sheet.  Click on the link to find out more about...
07/22/2020
College of Natural Sciences at UMass Amherst

Dr. Rob Deconto is part of new grant to drill through the Greenland ice sheet. Click on the link to find out more about this exciting project!

Learn more about the "GreenDrill" - a research project Robert DeConto of UMass Geosciences is leading to better understand Greenland's Ice Sheet.
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DeConto and other geoscientists will drill under the Ice Sheet to study the bedrock below. Bedrock contains isotopes which the researchers will use to identify times where the ice previously melted. This information will ultimately help them with predicting sea level rise as the climate continues to get warmer, putting Arctic ice at risk.
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Read more in the link below.

We've had several students successfully defend their theses and dissertations this late spring and early summer.  Big co...
07/21/2020

We've had several students successfully defend their theses and dissertations this late spring and early summer. Big congratulations to Julia Seidenstein, Mary Richards, Ian Hillenbrand, and (Dr.) Claire Pless! We are so proud of all of you!

College of Natural Sciences at UMass Amherst
07/17/2020
College of Natural Sciences at UMass Amherst

College of Natural Sciences at UMass Amherst

Salt marshes protect coastal land and provide a home for birds and fish, but did you know that they also help our environment by storing carbon?
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Salt marshes absorb about 1/6 of human carbon dioxide emissions, but scientists are curious about learning how much carbon that amounts to. Brian Yellen is leading a team of his UMass Geosciences colleagues to develop tools to estimate the mass of carbon stored in salt marshes. The team secured a two-year, $300,000 grant for their efforts.
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Learn more about their research in the link below.

07/10/2020
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GSA 2020 for Pete Robinson

For those planning to participate in GSA Connects Online 2020, we would like to add our session for your consideration.

T126. Mapping, Minerals, and Metamorphism—Work Small, Think Big: A Tribute to the Life of Peter Robinson.

This session will honor the life and nearly 60-year career of Peter Robinson, who passed away at the end of March 2019. Peter was a gifted scientist and teacher, and this session focuses on topics Peter pursued throughout his career, including the tectonics, petrology, mineralogy, metamorphism, structural geology, and the geology of New England and the Caledonides.

The GSA Connects Online Conference on October 26–30 2020 will be fully virtual, and our session will comprise 12 minute pre-precorded talks (with three minutes of live discussion), five minute pre-recorded poster presentations (with five minutes of live discussion), and follow up discussion periods.

Abstract submission is open now, and closes August 4th: https://community.geosociety.org/gsa2020/program/technical/topical

Hope to see you online,

John Schumacher, Ginny Petersen, Jennifer Thomson, Kurt Hollocher

Several years ago graduate students in our and other departments started @UMassBRiDGE to encourage diversifying visiting...
06/23/2020

Several years ago graduate students in our and other departments started @UMassBRiDGE to encourage diversifying visiting scholars to campus and create networking and mentorship opportunities for students from academically marginalized groups. They recently published a list of other student-led organizations who do important diversity, equity, and inclusion work on campus that we'd also like to highlight:

- Graduate Women in STEM at UMass Amherst
- UMass Amherst Graduate Students of Color Association
- Out in STEM at UMass Amherst

To echo @UMassBridge, it's not a comprehensive list nor highlights the individual contributions of many LGBTQ+ & BIPOC students in our and other departments but it's a start if you want to learn more about the great efforts of the students on campus.

To learn more about UMass BRiDGE, check out https://eos.org/opinions/whats-in-a-seminar

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The UMass Amherst's Environmental Conservation Graduate Student Symposium (ECoGSS) organizing committee is excited to announce ECoGSS 2021! Inviting all Graduate Students involved in environmental conservation-related research! Whether you are from ECo, MS3, OEB, or anywhere else, we want you to be involved! ECoGSS is a great space to present your conservation science research to friendly faces, whether you are just starting out in your graduate career or seasoned at attending conferences! The symposium, hosted by the Environmental Conservation Department, will be held via Zoom on Friday, March 19, 2021. Abstracts for talks, posters, and discussion panels are due Friday, January 22nd at 11:59 pm.
Good afternoon, I purchased a plot of land about 2 years ago in Ware, near the Belchertown line. I am by no means a geologist but have always found different rocks very interesting. There is a good size outcrop of ledge where we intend on putting our new home, starting this spring. I’m including some pics of a few rocks found and was wondering if anyone would be interested in “exploring” the property and possibly providing me with some educational information about the land. Thank you in advance
So sad to hear about Peter Robinson.
Professor Bob Tracy, an alum of the department who did his Ph.D. under Professor Peter Robinson, passed away Sunday. Below are remarks posted about him from his colleagues at Virginia Tech that were posted this afternoon on the GEO-Metamorphism Listserve: Dear All, It is with profound sadness that we write to inform you of the loss of our friend and colleague Robert (Bob) Tracy, who died at his home in Blacksburg early on Sunday morning. Bob is survived by his wife of 50 years, Patricia. Bob was a metamorphic petrologist whose thinking always stemmed from the deepest understanding of mineral structure and chemistry, and from a delight in the beauty of phase equilibria. He made important contributions to our understanding of the measurement and significance of chemical zoning in metamorphic minerals, of metamorphic phase equilibria, of the processes of crustal melting and the mineralogy of residual rocks, of the behavior of sulfur during metamorphism, of microprobe dating of monazite, and of the tectono-metamorphic evolution of New England. More importantly, Bob was a generous colleague, an enthusiastic teacher, and a fiercely loyal friend to the petrologic community. Bob was born in Washington, D.C., in 1944. He obtained his A.B. degree from Amherst College in 1967 before receiving an M.S. from Brown University in 1970 for work that first introduced him to the Cortlandt Complex of New York State – rocks that he would continue to work on throughout his career. Bob’s Ph.D. (1975) was from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst under the supervision of Peter Robinson, focusing on metamorphic reactions and partial melting in pelitic schists of the Quabbin Reservoir Area, MA. He then moved to Harvard as a research fellow, during which time he published influential work with Alan Thompson on anatexis in pelitic rocks and inferring metamorphic histories from chemical zoning in garnet. Bob moved to Yale in 1978 as an assistant and then associate professor and moved to Virginia Tech in 1986 as full professor. Bob was a great departmental citizen, serving as Department Chair from 2005 and 2008 and as Associate Chair from 2012 to 2018, and devoted much time to looking after and nursing along aging electron microprobes from which he was able to extract phenomenal data. He was also extremely active in professional societies, in particular the Geological Society of America, in which he assumed numerous leadership roles. Despite Bob's substantial and diverse research and service contributions, he will be known to many students because of his co-authorship with Harvey Blatt on the second edition of the textbook "Petrology: Igneous, Sedimentary, and Metamorphic” (published 1985). This landmark textbook was updated with Brent Owens and published in its 3rd edition as Blatt, Tracy and Owens in 2006. It is still in common use today. Those who knew Bob well, or who have subscribed to this listserv for some time, will be aware of both the depth and the breadth of his knowledge. He was a font of information, a walking encyclopedia of mineralogy, petrology, optical and electron microscopy, sample preparation, wine, french cuisine, European and American political history, fishing, barbecue (amongst many other topics). Bob liked nothing more than using this information to help people, and students in particular, generally espousing his wisdom with a carefully pointed wit. His generosity in terms of sharing his time, knowledge, ideas, data and opinion are difficult to equal. He will be greatly missed, Mark Caddick & Nancy Ross, Department of Geosciences, Virginia Tech
Not UMass related but she broke ground as a woman geologist ( I work for the same organization as she had ).
8.1 earthquake off SW Mexico caught on seismograph in Morrill (thanks to Bill Clement for setting this up!)