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A&S Student Competes in LAX European Championships

Benjamin Uveges, left, at the European Championships. (Courtesy of Agnes Vaczi Photography)

Benjamin Uveges, left, at the European Championships. (Courtesy of Agnes Vaczi Photography)

November 2, 2016

Earth sciences Ph.D. student Benjamin Uveges represented Hungary on international stage

As a Ph.D student in Earth sciences, Benjamin Uveges knows the rigors of research and deep thought. He also knows his way around a lacrosse field. Uveges played four years of lacrosse at the collegiate level. Then, this past summer, he performed on the international lacrosse stage, taking part in the European Championships. We recently asked Uveges about his goals, both academically and athletically.  Read more...

Earth Sciences Chair Pursues Sideline as Guitarist

Donald Siegel playing guitar at Picasso's Pastries and Café

Donald Siegel playing guitar at Picasso's Pastries and Café

August 16, 2016

Geochemist Donald Siegel is a 'rock star' on the stage, in the classroom

Donald Siegel, professor in the Department of Earth Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, is by any measure a successful scientist. He is the Jessie Page Heroy Professor and a Meredith Professor of Teaching Excellence. He is chair of his department. But that’s not enough for him. He’s always pursuing mastery in other fields.  Read more...

African Lake Hold Clues to Ancient Climate History

Christopher Scholz

Christopher Scholz

August 10, 2016

SU scientists publish two papers in Nature journals

Climate signatures preserved in a 380-meter-deep sediment core from Lake Malawi, obtained during a Syracuse University-led drilling operation, captured past conditions in the Malawi basin region of Africa. Contrary to prevailing models of the area, Syracuse researchers and colleagues found that the basin has not become progressively drier over time.  Read more...

Professors Look to Geologic Past to Predict Future Environmental Conditions

An outcrop on Seymour Island, part of a chain of islands near the Antarctic Peninsula

An outcrop on Seymour Island, part of a chain of islands near the Antarctic Peninsula

June 22, 2016

Earth scientists use NSF grant to study link between elevated temperatures, precipitation in ancient Antarctica

Linda IvanyScott SamsonZunli Lu and Christopher Junium, all professors in the Department of Earth Sciences, have been awarded a two-year, $312,182 grant from the National Science Foundation(NSF) to study the relationship between elevated temperatures and precipitation in Antarctica tens of millions of years ago.  Read more...

Earth Scientists Push Boundaries of 3D Modeling

Robert Moucha

Robert Moucha

June 8, 2016

Assistant Professor Robert Moucha uses numeric modeling to study mantle convection 

Earth scientists in the College of Arts and Sciences are changing the way they study the geological record, thanks to new advances in three-dimensional modeling.

Robert Moucha, assistant professor of geophysics, and Gregory Ruetenik, a Ph.D. student in Earth sciences, have collaborated with Gregory Hoke, associate professor of Earth sciences, on a unique numerical modeling study that simulates changing terrain over millions of years. Their study shows that moderate changes in dynamic topography produce an erosional response in the form of increased sediment flux to continental margins (i.e., the rate of sediments supplied to margins by streams and rivers). Read more...

Testing the Waters

Emily Baker

Emily Baker

May 3, 2016

Emily Baker awarded Central New York Association of Professional Geologists 2016 Grant for Student Research

A student in Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences has been awarded the 2016 Central New York Association of Professional Geologists (CNYAPG) grant for student research. Read more...

New President of National Academy of Sciences to Speak on Climate Interventions April 15

Marcia McNutt

Marcia McNutt

April 8, 2016

Renowned geophysicist Marcia McNutt will deliver Seltzer & Slepecky Lecture

The president-elect of the National Academy of Sciences will address the growing problem of climate change at a special event at Syracuse University, co-hosted by the Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) program and the Department of Earth Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences. Read more...

Reduced Oxygen During Ice Age Sheds Light on ‘Missing’ Carbon Dioxide

Zunli Lu holding expanded replicas of fossils

Zunli Lu holding expanded replicas of fossils

March 31, 2016

Tiny ocean dwellers witnessed climate cycles, report past conditions

Climate is not constant on Earth. Consider ice ages coming and going as an example. Parallel to ice age cycles, atmospheric carbon dioxide reduces during glacial periods and increases during warmer times, although modern fossil fuel-related carbon dioxide emission broke this natural cyclicity. With the proper proxy measurements, scientists can look into these past cycles to determine how exactly climate systems were naturally governed. Read more...

Fragments of Imagination

Scientist-astronaut Harrison Schmitt, Apollo 17 lunar module pilot, collects lunar samples. (Image: NASA 1972)

Scientist-astronaut Harrison Schmitt, Apollo 17 lunar module pilot, collects lunar samples. (Image: NASA 1972)

March 24, 2016

Samples from the Apollo missions continue to reveal insights into the evolution of the Moon

Perhaps we don’t realize when we look into the night sky at the moon, that we are observing some of the most ancient surfaces known within our solar system. The formation of the moon is linked to the early stages of Earth’s evolution, and therefore understanding the evolution of the moon is of interest to Earth scientists as well. Read more...

The Human Trace

Lauret Savoy G'90 (Photo by John Martins)

Lauret Savoy G'90 (Photo by John Martins)

March 23, 2016

Earth scientist Lauret Savoy G'90 intertwines natural, cultural history in new book

The great anthropologist Loren Eiseley once compared mankind to a twisted stem of wisteria—a “rooted vine in space” on an immense, if not impossible journey. It’s one that each of us must attempt, regardless of outcome. Read more...

Syracuse Geophysicist Questions Stability of Antarctic Ice Sheet

Robert Moucha

Robert Moucha

January 29, 2016

Robert Moucha examines impact of deep Earth on ice-sheet stability

A professor in Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences is joining the growing debate over the fate of the world’s largest ice sheet, whose sudden melting is sending shockwaves throughout the geophysics community. Read more...

Earth Scientists Awarded Fellowship to Teach, Study in New Zealand

Professors Suzanne Baldwin and Paul Fitzgerald

Professors Suzanne Baldwin and Paul Fitzgerald

January 20, 2016

Suzanne Baldwin, Paul Fitzgerald to lecture, facilitate new study abroad program at University of Canterbury

Earth sciences professors Suzanne Baldwin and Paul Fitzgerald are the recipients of an Erskine Fellowship from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. As part of the award, the two will travel to Christchurch, New Zealand, for three months this spring to participate in university life down under. Read more...