Department News

  • Seeing Climate Change? at The Benton
    Department of Earth Sciences Professor Robert Thorson, with assistance from Curator Amanda Douberley, created a new exhibit titled “Seeing Climate Change?” at The William Benton Museum. This exhibit is a partnership between science and art, presenting working from the Benton collection that touch on the themes of phenology, climate change, measurement, climate, weather, and seasonality. […]
    Posted on February 5, 2024
  • Stone Walls, the Signature Landform of New England
    Department of Earth Sciences Professor Robert Thorson has developed a naming and classification system for stone walls in New England. Published in Historical Archaeology, the new criteria allow for easy and objective identification of the thousands of miles of stone walls across New England. Professor Thorson hopes his stone wall taxonomy and identification protocol will […]
    Posted on November 15, 2023
  • Hiring Open Rank Professor in Artificial Intel/Machine Learning
    INTRODUCTION The Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Connecticut seeks a tenure-track (open rank at Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor) faculty to join a cluster hire in Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML): Understanding and Addressing Natural and Climate Change-Related Disasters. With hires in Earth Sciences, Economics, Geography, Journalism, and Statistics, the cluster will engage […]
    Posted on November 2, 2023
  • Hiring Assistant Professor in the Energy Transition
    INTRODUCTION The Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Connecticut (UConn) seeks to hire a tenure-track Assistant Professor whose research is directly relevant to the energy transition and a sustainable energy future. We are specifically interested in candidates with active research in fields that include critical mineral resources and earth materials, geothermal energy, geologic […]
    Posted on October 11, 2023
  • Past Hydroclimate of Namibia
    Assistant professor Ran Feng is co-author on a new study investigating precipitation changes in Namibia over the past 5 million years. Published in Geophysical Research Letters, the study uses leaf wax hydrogen isotopes to reconstruct precipitation. The authors link changes in precipitation in Namibia to sea surface temperatures within the Benguela Upwelling System and Indian […]
    Posted on October 10, 2023
  • 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 Gives! 36 Hours Only, March 8-9th!
    Donations from our extremely generous alumni and friends make it possible for UConn Earth Sciences students to participate in incredible experiences! As any one in the Earth Sciences knows, getting out into the field and participating in conferences is essential for all students. Many would not be able to participate without your support - the […]
    Posted on March 7, 2023