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Archive – September 2013

Regarding the partial report on climate change due out on Friday, Roger Pielke, an environmental scientist at the University of Colorado in Boulder and Michael Oppenheimer, a Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School and the Department of Geosciences, both suggest that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) might better spend its time doing more targeted reports, that take on specific defined issues, and release them more often.
The Association of South Asians at Princeton (ASAP) is organizing a free music concert on Thursday, September 26th, 7:30 pm at McCosh Center 10. Attached is a flyer which you are welcome to share with family and friends. GEO grad student Pathikrit Bhattacharya is on the organizing committee.
September marks the beginning of the new academic year and also this year, the celebration of installation of Princeton’s 20th president. In choosing the mineral of the month for September 2013, Tiger’s Eye Quartz seemed very appropriate!
Fossils, ancient rocks, and rare meteorites millions or billions of years old — these are just some of the items that Adam Maloof, an associate professor of geosciences at Princeton, is looking forward to feeding to an automated industrial-scale machine that methodically, efficiently, and precisely grinds everything to dust.
Scientists expect climate change and warmer oceans to push the fish that people rely on for food and income into new territory. Predictions of where and when species will relocate, however, are based on broad expectations about how animals will move and have often not played out in nature. New research based at Princeton University shows that the trick to more precise forecasts is to follow local temperature changes.
Researchers from Princeton University and the Swiss Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH) report that during the past 160,000 years nitrogen fixation rose and fell in a pattern that closely matched the changing orientation of Earth's axis of rotation, or axial precession.
The Department of Geosciences and Princeton University congratulates Hejun Zhu on successfully defending his Ph.D. thesis on September 10, 2013.
Princeton University cordially invites you back to campus October 17-19, 2013, for Many Minds, Many Stripes: A Princeton University Conference for Graduate Alumni, an interdisciplinary conference for all alumni of Princeton's graduate programs. Registration now open.
Junior Paper and Senior Thesis Guide - A completely revised guide to Junior paper and Senior thesis writing is now available on the Geosciences website in the Undergraduate section.
In this book, Michael Bender, an internationally recognized authority on paleoclimate, provides a concise, comprehensive, and sophisticated introduction to the subject. After briefly describing the major periods in Earth history to provide geologic context, he discusses controls on climate and how the record of past climate is determined.
Bess Ward and her group from Princeton University, joined by Malcolm Woodward from the Plymouth Marine Laboratory, are embarked on a 25 day cruise in the subarctic North Atlantic as part of an NSF funded project “Dimensions of Biodiversity: Functional Diversity of Marine Eukaryotic Phytoplankton” (Ward and Sigman PIs).