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Thursday’s Dover, DE, earthquake was widely felt on campus and along the Eastern US, from New York City to Washington D.C. The seismic waves it generated were also recorded by seismologists in the Geosciences Department using a seismometer located in the basement of Guyot Hall.
On November 11 in Raleigh, North Carolina, the Scientific Research Honor Society Sigma Xi hosted their 17th Annual Student Research Conference. GEO graduate student Rachel Harris was selected as the top graduate presenter in the category of Microbiology and Molecular Biology.
Congratulation to GEO researcher Dr. Lucia Gualtieri for being named recipient of the 2017 Keiiti Aki Young Scientist Award at the 2017 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, to be held 11–15 December in New Orleans, La. Gualtieri works on a variety of topics, such as seismic tomography, ambient seismic noise, and seismic signals due to mass-wasting events.
This video authored by Geosciences Associate Research Scholar Hom Nath Gharti was awarded 2nd prize in the PICSciE PIXI17 Scientific Visualization Challenge on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.  The purpose of this event was to challenge participants to communicate scientific data in a visually compelling way.  Congratulations to Dr. Gharti for winning this unique and creative competition.
Now that the Atlantic has quieted down and there are no new storms to track, I wanted to know: What the hell just happened? Is it normal to have so many strong storms in a row? And how should we think about this season in relation to climate change? (Prof. Gabe Vecchi quoted)
"EARTH magazine" sat down with Paleontologist Prof. Gerta Keller to talk about her upbringing in the Alps, her experience as an unwelcome critic of a mainstream scientific idea, and her long quest to understand the role of flood-basalt deposits called the Deccan Traps.
Microbial Biogeochemist Prof. Xinning Zhang talks with science journalist, Ed Yong, about how microscopic organisms in the digestive tracts of termites help these particular insects digest the indigestible nature of wood. (Video)
A new, high-resolution climate model used by researchers at Princeton and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration corrects for persistent sea surface temperature biases and suggests that the North American monsoon, which brings summer rains to the southwestern U.S. and northwestern Mexico, is not simply delayed, but that the region's total rainfall is facing a dramatic reduction.
The Department of Geosciences and Princeton University congratulates Dr. Xiangtao Xu on successfully defending his Ph.D. thesis: "Understanding Plant Water Stress and The Terrestrial Carbon Cycle in Tropical Ecosystems: The Roles of Plant Hydraulics, Phenology and Competition" on Tuesday, September 26, 2017.
Why it’s so hard to compare contemporary tropical cyclones to those from the 19th century. The month was so powerful that it has assured certain records for the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season as a whole, which is already among the 10 strongest seasons ever measured. (Prof. Gabe Vecchi quoted)