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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.
Good news about climate change is rare — but a research team led by geosciences scholar Chui Yim “Maggie” Lau has uncovered some less-bad news about the warming of the Arctic: While rising temperatures will release heat-trapping methane gas, they also will improve the effectiveness of bacteria in the soil that can remove methane from the atmosphere.
The Southern Ocean around Antarctica is active in deep ocean ventilation and thus important in the uptake of fossil fuel carbon dioxide and global warming heat. Prof. Daniel Sigman presents evidence that deep ocean ventilation by the Southern Ocean was slower during past ice ages and faster during warm interglacial periods. These findings raise possibilities that deep ocean ventilation by the Southern Ocean will accelerate into the global warming future, counter to most model-based expectation.