Department News

  • Juneau Icefield Documentary
    A documentary film about a Juneau Icefield expedition by Earth Sciences major Caroline Wexler was accepted by the 2023 International Polar Film Festival! Click here to view the film Click here for a synopsis of the film Caroline will be talking at a roundtable discussion about the documentary with other accepted filmmakers for the 2023 […]
    Posted on September 18, 2023
  • Greenland Ice Loss at MIS 11
    Department of Earth Sciences Associate Professor Julie Fosdick worked on a new study to better understand the history of the Greenland ice sheet. The study, published in Science, looked at soil found at the bottom of an ice core taken from Northwest Greenland. Evidence suggests this soil was last at the surface during Marine Isotope […]
    Posted on July 23, 2023
  • Uplift History of Taiwan
    Queenie Chang, a former PhD student of the Department of Earth Sciences, led a recent study alongside faculty Michael Hren and Tim Byrne on the uplift history of Taiwan. Published in Science Advances, Chang and others measured the hydrogen isotope composition of leaf waxes preserved in sediments to reconstruct changes in elevation of the southern […]
    Posted on June 28, 2023
  • Late Devonian Extinction
    New research of brachiopod fossils from the Late Devonian (~370 Ma) mass extinction suggests extinction survivors stayed in similar ecological niches despite large environmental disturbances. Current and former researchers in the Department of Earth Sciences, including Sarah Brisson, Jaleigh Pier, Andrew Beard, Anjali Fernandes, and Andrew Bush, produced the study after examining over 20,000 brachiopod […]
    Posted on April 18, 2023
  • UConn Seismometer Records Turkey Earthquake
    Professor Vernon Cormier discusses the recording of the Turkey earthquake on the UConn seismometer. Shown below are UConn seismograms of Turkey's earthquake and aftershocks the past 24 hours. Also below is a map of the mainshock and aftershock, illustrating the length of fault slip. In the mainshock, the slip will distributed across a broad area […]
    Posted on March 2, 2023
  • Uniform Warmth Along Eastern US During Miocene
    A recent publication by Department of Earth Sciences faculty Tammo Reichgelt and Ran Feng investigated how terrestrial climate in the eastern U.S. changed through time. The researchers used a combination of fossil floras and climate modeling to reconstruct eastern U.S. climate during a past warm interval known as the Miocene. Their research identified a reduced […]
    Posted on February 27, 2023
  • Global Signature of the Siberian Traps
    A study involving Professors Tracy Frank and Chris Fielding in the Department of Earth Sciences provides new insights into the latest Permian mass extinction. Published in Nature Communications, the team collected and analyzed samples from terrestrial sites in southern Pangea for mercury, which is a proxy for volcanic activity. These southern hemisphere mercury records capture […]
    Posted on January 25, 2023
  • Connecticut’s Natural Landscape
    Learn about the geology of Connecticut through 10 essays in Connecticut Magazine by Department of Earth Sciences Professor Robert Thorson. In this collection, he describes many unique aspects of Connecticut’s landscape that help define the state’s identity. By recounting Connecticut’s tectonic, glacial, and human history, Thorson illuminates how the land of steady habits came to […]
    Posted on January 20, 2023
  • Warm Climate Had a Stronger Monsoon
    A new study by Earth Sciences professor Ran Feng explores the North American Monsoon during the Pliocene. Published in AGU Advances, the researchers used a combination of model simulations and proxy reconstructions to better understand how the North American Monsoon responded to this past warm interval. The authors find an intensification of the North American […]
    Posted on November 15, 2022
  • Lisa Park Boush to Explore Biodiversity of Lake Tanganyika
    As part of interdisciplinary research team, Department of Earth Sciences Professor Lisa Park Boush was awarded 2.5 million dollar from the National Science Foundation to explore the relationship between climate change and biodiversity at Lake Tanganyika, Africa. To do so, the team will collect and analyze sediment cores from the lake bed using a variety […]
    Posted on September 21, 2022