EOAS Professor Dr. Henry Fuelberg and doctoral candidate Tristan Hall brought their expertise and encouragement to high school science students on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten. The students launched a weather balloon containing atmospheric sensors, video cameras and GPS tracking sensors. The project did not go off without problems though, and Dr. Fuelberg and Tristan helped the students stay positive and work through the issues. The project culminated with a successful launch, much data, and many happy students.
EOAS Professors Bill Landing, Mike Stukel, Mariana Fuentes, Sven Kranz and Rob Spencer worked with Stephanie Dillon, director of freshman labs in the Dept. of Chemistry/Biochchemistry, to design new virtual life classrooms for their students that allow them to learn essentially by playing in a 3-D virtual world. In the environmental science lab, students travel to Easter Island, the Great Barrier Reef, and drill ice cores in the Antarctic. Students create avatars, become the scientist, speak with each other and their professors.
The EOAS Marine Turtle Ecology and Conservation Lab is seeking a talented and enthusiastic postdoctoral researcher in marine spatial ecology to join an active group working on developing science-based solutions for the conservation and management of marine megafauna. The successful candidate will be expected to participate in ongoing research projects, initiate new projects and engage with the lab’s outreach programs.
FSU Research Scientist Rachel Wilson and University of Oregon graduate student Anya Hopple are the first authors on a new study that details experiments suggesting that carbon stored in peat - a highly organic material found in marsh or damp regions - may not succumb to the Earth's warming as easily as scientists thought.
The annual Geology Field Camp in Taos, New Mexico is open for students to register. The camp (GLY4790), will be held during FSU Summer Semester, May 12 - June 20, 2017. Applications are due to Dr. Farris or Dr. Young by March 1. This field course gives upper level undergraduate and beginning graduate students the observational skills and experience needed to undertake detailed field studies in a variety of geologic settings.
Congratulations to EOAS Assistant Professor Sven Kranz for being recognized by the FSU Spiritual Life Project for “promoting meaning, purpose and authenticity within the FSU community”. This teaching award was given to 13 faculty this year, with only two being from Arts & Sciences. Dr. Kranz received the award from President Thrasher.
Water covers about 70 percent of the Earth's surface, but scientists want to know how much lies inside the planet. A mineral called brucite may hold part of that answer, according to EOAS Assistant Professor Mainak Mookherjee. He and Andreas Hermann (University of Edinburgh) estimate that in the deep Earth - roughly 250 to 370 miles into the mantle - water is stored and transported through a high-pressure from of the mineral brucite. It has been thought that brucite was not stable at that depth, but this new research shows that may not be true.
Graduate student Jason Ducker won an Early Career Poster Presentation Award at the 2016 International Global Atmospheric Chemistry Science Conference in Colorado. The conference, attended by 600 international scientists, awarded only 6 early career awards. His research, “Ozone Deposition to Forests Degrades Water-Use Efficiency Across Multiple Eocsystems,” used a worldwide network of monitoring sites to show that ozone interferes with the way that ecosystems use water.
Groundbreaking for the new EOAS building was held Thursday. At completion, the seven-story, 130,536 square foot building will include 18 general research labs, 10 specialized research labs and 10 computer labs. There will also be equipment shops and storage space, plus a TV studio for meteorology students. There will also be a lecture hall that seats 280 people, an assembly room that seats 100 and six departmental conference rooms.
FSU has been sending its graduates into our nation's weather forecasting ranks since 1948. Since then, the meteorology department has awarded more than 2,300 degrees (1,800 BS, 350 MS, and 200 Ph.D) to students. Currently, 30% of the National Hurricane Center's weather experts have degrees from Florida State. Notable meteorologists like Rich Henning, Max Mayfield, Rick Knabb (currently director of the NHC), Stephanie Abrams and Bryan Norcross have earned degrees at FSU.