Ph.D. Thesis Defense: Boda Li, 9/2/21 at 1 p.m.

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Ph.D. Thesis Defense: Boda Li Student: Boda Li Department: Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences Defense Date: Thursday, September 2, 2021 Time: 1:00 p.m. Thesis Title: Tracing oxygen cycling in the ocean by dissolved oxygen multi-isotopologues Abstract: Understanding the distribution and cycling of O2 is one of the core scientific questions in oceanography. The distribution of […]

Current Research in EEPS: Dr. Geeta Persad, University of Texas at Austin

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Current Research in EEPS: Dr. Geeta Persad, University of Texas at Austin Title: The Shifting Climate Influence of Atmospheric Aerosols Abstract : Aerosol particles like dust, sea salt, sulfates, and soot are small but mighty players in climate variability and change. Anthropogenic aerosols have been the main cooling offset to greenhouse gases over the industrial […]

Current Research in EEPS: Dr. Yige Zhang, Texas A&M University

Current Research in EEPS: Dr. Yige Zhang, Texas A&M University Title: Methane hydrate dissociation-driven climate change: Reality or fiction? Abstract: Methane hydrate dissociation has long been considered as a mechanism for global carbon cycle perturbations, climate change and even mass extinctions in Earth’s history. However, direct evidence of hydrate destabilization and methane release that coincides […]

Qualifying Exam: Xinyue Luo

Qualifying Exam: Xinyue Luo Student: Xinyue Luo Date: Wednesday, September 15th, 2021 Time: 12:00 p.m.   Proposals: 1) Characterizing the El Nin ̃o-Southern Oscillation and its North American Teleconnections over the Last Millennium   The El Nin ̃o-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) dominates interannual climate variability in the tropical Pacific and affects midlatitude climate through the atmospheric […]

Current Research in EEPS: Dr. Behrooz Ferdowsi, University of Houston

Current Research in EEPS: Dr. Behrooz Ferdowsi, University of Houston   How much of the transient rheological behavior of geological shear zones can be explained using granular physics alone?   Geological shear zones exhibit a curious transient response to perturbations in sliding velocity, that comprises an immediate change (“direct effect”) in friction upon perturbations, followed […]

Current Research in EEPS: Dr. Clara Chan, University of Delaware

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Current Research in EEPS: Dr. Clara Chan, University of Delaware   Microbes rust the Earth: how iron-oxidizing bacteria thrive and drive biogeochemical cycles Fe(II)-oxidizing microorganisms (FeOM) gain energy by Fe(II) oxidation, in the process fixing carbon, cycling nitrogen, and forming highly reactive Fe(III) oxyhydroxides that strongly bind phosphate, metals, and organic carbon. To unravel the […]

Current Research in EEPS: Dr. Marisa Palucis, Dartmouth College

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Current Research in EEPS: Dr. Marisa Palucis, Dartmouth College How much water does it take to build a fan on a cold and wet Mars? Alluvial fans may represent one of the last widespread signs of significant fluvial activity on Mars' surface. Understanding the climatic conditions during the formation of these features may provide key […]

Current Research in EEPS: Dr. Arya Udry, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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Current Research in EEPS: Dr. Arya Udry, University of Nevada, Las Vegas What can we learn from Martian samples? Martian nakhlite meteorite Rovers and orbiters have allowed us to better understand Mars surficial and other geological processes. Martian meteorites, which are our only samples from this planet, can help constraining magmatic processes that occurred on […]

Current Research in EEPS: Dr. Cliff Riebe, University of Wyoming

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Current Research in EEPS: Dr. Cliff Riebe, University of Wyoming Forests are increasingly threatened by climate-change-fueled cycles of drought, dieback, and wildfires. However, for reasons that remain incompletely understood, some forest stands are more vulnerable than others, leaving a patchwork of varying dieback and wildfire risk after drought. Here, I show that spatial variability in drought-related […]

Current Research in EEPS: Dr. Fan-Chi Lin, University of Utah

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Current Research in EEPS: Dr. Fan-Chi Lin, University of Utah Since its development over a decade ago, ambient noise tomography has become a standard tool to image detailed crustal structure. Taking the advantage of continuous background vibration, robust surface wave signals can be extracted from inter-station noise cross-correlation functions. While early studies had mostly focused […]

Current Research in EEPS: Dr. Jacqueline Austermann, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

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Current Research in EEPS: Dr. Jaqueline Austermann, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University The Last interglacial (~125ka) was 0.5-1.5 ºC warmer than today, making it an interesting natural experiment for how ice sheets respond to modest warming. In this talk I will first describe past estimates for Last interglacial sea level and corresponding polar ice retreat […]

Current Research in EEPS: Dr. Marisa Palucis, Dartmouth College

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Current Research in EEPS: Dr. Marisa Palucis, Dartmouth College Alluvial fans may represent one of the last widespread signs of significant fluvial activity on Mars’ surface. Understanding the climatic conditions during the formation of these features may provide key insights on habitability and climate change on Mars. Numerous studies have used data and theory from […]

Current Research in EEPS: Dr. Christian Huber, Brown University

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Current Research in EEPS: Dr. Christian Huber, Brown University The role of the state of a shallow subvolcanic reservoir on magma outgassing and explosivity. Predicting whether a forthcoming eruption will be explosive or effusive is a difficult challenge. The eruptive record of most volcanic systems (I will focus on silicic systems and arcs mostly) hosts […]

Thesis Proposal Defense: Damanveer Grewal

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Thesis Title:  Origin of Nitrogen and Carbon in Rocky Bodies of the Inner Solar System Abstract In this PhD thesis, I aim to answer one of the fundamental questions in modern science – What are the chemical pathways leading to the formation of Earth-like habitable planets? To this end, I have focused on the origin […]

Current Research in EEPS: Dr. Zachary E. Ross, California Institute of Technology

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Current Research in EEPS: Dr. Zachary E. Ross, California Institute of Technology Evidence for Latent Crustal Fluid Injection Transients in Southern California From Long-Duration Earthquake Swarms Earthquake swarms are manifestations of aseismic driving processes deep in the crust. We examine the spatiotemporal distribution of aseismic processes in Southern California using a 12-years catalog of swarms derived […]

Current Research in EEPS: Dr. Chris Funk, University of California, Santa Barbara

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Current Research in EEPS: Dr. Chris Funk, University of California, Santa Barbara At present, two regions of Africa face massive food crises associated with repetitive droughts. In Madagascar and the eastern Horn of Africa, millions of people are experiencing severe hunger, tottering near the edge of famine. Early Warning Systems, powered by climate forecasts and satellite-based […]

Current Research in EEPS: Alice Turner, University of Oxford

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Current Research in EEPS: Alice Turner, University of Oxford Repeating earthquakes across the Earth-Moon system Abstract: Repeating earthquakes rupture the same area of fault at different times. They occur in a diverse range of environments including crustal strike slip faults and subduction zones along with more unusual non-tectonic settings, including glaciers, volcanoes and even on […]

Current Research in EEPS: Emmanuel A. Codillo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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Current Research in EEPS: Emmanuel A. Codillo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Fluids Underground: A journey of water from the ocean to subduction zones and beyond Abstract: Subduction zones play a fundamental role in global geochemical cycles as they recycle oceanic plates including water-bearing sediment, altered igneous crust, and serpentinite into the Earth’s […]

Current Research in EEPS: Dr. Andre Izidoro Ferreira da Costa, Rice University

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Explaining how the Solar System got so weird Almost 5000 exoplanets have been confirmed so far and astronomical observations suggest that the solar system architecture is unusual at the ~1% level or less. In this talk, I will discuss critical events that shaped the formation of our planetary system. I will use meteorite data, observations […]

Current Research in EEPS: Dr. Madeleine Youngs, NOAA Climate & Global Change Postdoctoral Fellow, NYU Courant

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Current Research in EEPS: Dr. Madeleine Youngs, NOAA Climate & Global Change Postdoctoral Fellow, NYU Courant Southern Ocean Circulation and Climate: The Localizing Effect of Topography Abstract: The Southern Ocean plays a major role in the global air-sea carbon fluxes, with some estimates suggesting it takes up 40\% of the oceanic anthropogenic carbon dioxide. Understanding […]

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