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Syracuse geologists receive federal grant to study tectonic uplift

Gregory Hoke

Gregory Hoke

January 22, 2015

Gregory Hoke, Devin McPhillips use EAGER grant to study how surface elevation changes with time

Earth scientists in Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences have received a major grant to test a new technique for measuring tectonic uplift.

Gregory Hoke, assistant professor of Earth sciences, and Devin McPhillips, a postdoctoral research associate, are the recipients of an Early-Concept Grant for Exploratory Research (EAGER) award from the National Science Foundation. They will use the $147,000 award to determine whether or not cosmogenic nuclides— isotopes produced in minerals during exposure to cosmic rays—determine shifts in elevation of slowly eroding South American mountain landscapes.