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Last year, Princeton announced a plan to expand the University by 2026, adding another residential college and building new athletic facilities on the south side of Lake Carnegie. In what ways will this latest expansion transform our campus, and how does that change fit with the university’s historic land use?
The unforgettable thing about record-setting Hurricane Michael will always be how rapidly it became a near-Category 5 storm, perfectly timed for a sneak attack on the Florida Panhandle.  Climate scientists have begun to focus on hurricane rapid intensification as an increasingly prevalent feature in the world we’re entering.
Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Arnold Guyot Teaching Awards who are being recognized for their excellence as Assistants-in-Instruction from last semester. The awards were announced at our Annual Picnic on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018.
When nitrogen-based fertilizers flow into water bodies, the result can be deadly for marine life near shore, but what is the effect of nitrogen pollution far out in the open ocean? A 130-year-old brain coral has provided the answer, at least for the North Atlantic Ocean off the East Coast of the United States.
Imagine an enormous volcano erupting in the Pacific Northwest, pouring lava across Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Before now, most geologists believed that it took almost 2 million years to erupt all that lava, collectively known as “the Columbia River flood basalts.” But Princeton researchers are publishing findings today that show it happened more than twice as fast as previously believed.
When oceanographer Bess Ward was granted research time aboard the R/V Sally Ride during the middle of the spring semester, she had to figure out how to teach GEO 428, “Biological Oceanography,” from the Pacific Ocean.  She created a teaching schedule that used student presentations, a series of guest lecturers, and her first teaching assistant for this course, who showed the students videos that Ward created and uploaded from the ship as it sampled the waters off the coast of Mexico.
On September 5, 2018, The Blavatnik Family Foundation and the New York Academy of Sciences announced Postdoctoral Research Associate Lucia Gualtieri as a finalists in their 2018 Blavatnik Regional Award for Young Scientists in the category of “Physical Sciences & Engineering.”
With millions of coastal residents either on the move or hunkering down in place, Hurricane Florence surges toward North Carolina, tracing an unusual path that could lead to tremendous destruction. Gabriel Vecchi, a climate scientist at Geosciences, noted that while many scientists are wary of drawing firm links between any particular storm and climate change, a rising sea level adds to the destructiveness of storm surges, and a warming atmosphere holds more moisture, leading to more rain.
The Department of Geosciences congratulates the 10 Ph.D. candidates who are the newest members of PEI's Princeton Climate and Energy Scholars (PECS) program. Xuyuan (Ellen) Ai, Katja Luxem and Jack Murphy from our department are among the 10 announced.
A possible Category 6? A new study shows that we have a lot to worry about when it comes to changing hurricanes as the planet warms. "It’s what you expect if you have a shift toward more intense storms, is that you’ll start seeing intensities you haven't seen before,” said atmospheric scientist Gabriel Vecchi.