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The program QUEST, whose formal name is Questioning Underlies Effective Science Teaching, had two tracks this summer — one focusing on life in extreme environments, led by Tullis Onstott, a professor of geosciences, and another focusing on weather and climate, led by Steven Carson, a middle school teacher and former researcher at the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory in Princeton.
A nitrite-oxidizing enzyme may work in reverse for some microbes in the Antarctic autumn. Marine microorganisms play a major role in cycling elements like carbon and nitrogen throughout the environment. In the nitrogen cycle, some microbes perform an especially important step: the oxidation of nitrite (NO2−) to nitrate (NO3−), the dominant form of biologically available nitrogen in the ocean. Now Kemeny et al. suggest that the enzyme that converts nitrite to nitrate sometimes works in revers
Geosciences Grad Student Darcy McRose is one of seven students to receive a Mary and Randall Hack ’69 Graduate Award from the Princeton Environmental Institutes (PEI).  Recipients come from a range of disciplines; yet meet the criteria of focusing on water-related topics with environmental implications. On behalf of the Department of Geosciences, we like to congratulate Darcy McRose at this time of honorable recognition.
Department of Geosciences Departmental Awards for the Class of 2016.
It may have been almost fifteen years, but earthquakes are again being recorded in Guyot Hall.
Frederik Simons, associate professor of geosciences, and Guust Nolet, the George J. Magee Professor of Geoscience and Geological Engineering, Emeritus, along with other researchers, test MERMAID and Son-O-Mermaid, instruments that detect and record sound waves in the ocean created by distant earthquakes. Just as a CAT scan can enable physicians to "see" inside the human body, geologists can use earthquake data to survey the interior structure of the planet.
In early spring, the University of Florida (UF) awarded Knox Taylor Professor of Geosciences Dr. Samuel Philander an Honorary Doctor of Marine Science degree.  Dr. Philander accepted his award at the University’s commencement ceremony held at the USF Sun Dome on Sat. May 7, 2016.
The Department of Geosciences and Princeton University congratulates Cara Magnabosco on successfully defending her Ph.D. thesis: "From Genes to Metagenomes:
Exploring Life Underground."
A digital version of the Spring 2016 "Smilodon" Alumni Newsletter is now published. Featured article: "Princeton researchers go to the end of the Earth for the world's oldest ice."
Princeton University's 269th Commencement Web pages. This information focuses on events for all seniors and advanced degree candidates.  Key event dates for 2016 are listed.