Exploring the Earth sciences

candidate Aaron Satkoski talks with high school students about rock forensics

November 8, 2016

High school students learn about research and career options in Earth sciences

The Department of Earth Sciences in Syracuse University's College of Arts and Sciences hosted more than 100 Honors Earth sciences students from Liverpool (N.Y.) High School Oct. 24 and 25. The 9th-grade students toured the classrooms and research facilities in Heroy Geology Laboratory and learned about the diverse career opportunities available to Earth sciences majors. Read more...

Fingerprinting hydrofracking water quality

Map of Marcellus Shale formation in the Eastern United States

September 26, 2012

Syracuse University’s Project SWIFT to develop tools to detect potential groundwater contamination from shale-gas drilling

Mary Beth Jones of Apalachin, N.Y., lives near “ground zero” of the hotly contested hydrofracking debate swirling across New York State. Her land sits above the gas-rich Marcellus Shale, and like many of her neighbors, Jones is concerned about risks of ground-water contamination associated with hydraulic fracturing.  That’s why she’s agreed to be part of a Syracuse University study that aims to develop new tools to detect possible groundwater contamination associated with shale-bed methane production in the Appalachian Basin. Read more...

Earth Sciences major spends summer in Costa Rican cloud forest

Natalie Teale, Earth Sciences and geography major, collecting data in a Costa Rican cloud forest in July 2012

August 20, 2012

Natalie Teale participated in summer REU program hosted by Texas A&M University

Waking up to howler monkeys greeting the morning, hiking past colorfully plumed toucans flying through the trees and looking out for poisonous vipers winding through the forest, Natalie Teale, a senior Earth sciences and geography major in Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences, spent the summer as part of an immersive research experience in the cloud forest of Costa Rica. Natalie was one of 12 students selected to participate in a summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program at Texas A&M University’s Soltis Center for Research and Education near the Monteverde Forest in central Costa Rica. Read more...

EarthScope national seismic monitoring project arrives in Upstate New York

earth scope

June 15, 2012

A Syracuse University Earth scientist is coordinating placement of 25 seismic stations

EDITOR’S NOTE:  Members of the media are invited to meet and observe SU’s science team in the field performing the scouting tasks required for installation of the monitoring stations during the week of June 24, 2012. Please contact Judy Holmes for further information. Read more...

Global sea-level rise topic of next K. Douglas Nelson Lecture in the Department of Earth Sciences

Oregon coastline

April 18, 2012

Geophysicist Jerry Mitrovica of Harvard University is the featured speaker 

Geophysicist Jerry Mitrovica of Harvard University will present “The Fingerprints of Global Sea Level Rise” at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 26 in Syracuse University’s Heroy Geology Laboratory Auditorium. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is part of the continuing 2012 K. Douglas Nelson Lecture Series sponsored by the Department of Earth Sciences in Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences. Refreshments will be served. Parking is available in SU’s paid lots. Read more...

Scientists use a rare mineral to correlate past climate events in Europe and Antarctica

Zunli Lu's research associate, Professor Rosalind Rickaby of Oxford University, digs out ikaite crystals from a sediment core obtained off the coast of Antarctica. The sediment cores and the crystals must be stored in a freezer or the crystals will melt

March 21, 2012

The new study is published in the April issue of "Earth and Planetary Science Letters" 

Editor's Note: Media reports about this research have misrepresented the study's findings. For more information read a statement by Zunli Lu.

The first day of spring brought record high temperatures across the northern part of the United States while much of the southwest was digging out from a record-breaking spring snowstorm. The weather, it seems, has gone topsy-turvy.  Are the phenomena related? Are climate changes in one part of the world felt half a world away? Read more...

Earth Sciences graduate student receives Pathfinder Fellowship

Ryan Gordon samples water in a stream

January 19, 2012

Ryan Gordon studies hydrology

The Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI) recently awarded a Pathfinder Graduate Student Fellowship to Ryan Gordon, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Earth Sciences in Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences and native of Orono, Maine. The fellowship program enables students to broaden their research to an additional field site for comparative research, to collaborate with research groups using alternate approaches or modeling methods, or to add an interdisciplinary dimension to water science research. Read more...