Author: Thorson Robert

New Epoch for UConn Geosciences!

This summer, two distinguished full professors will be traveling east from Lincoln, Nebraska to usher in a new epoch for UConn geoscience. On August 23, Tracy Frank will become the new head of the Department of Geosciences within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Her husband, Chris Fielding, will become one of our geoscience […]

Earth Blog #3 – The Anthropocene and the “Terrible-Day-Hypothesis”

Mass extinctions get portrayed as single events of death and destruction. Does this portrayal obscure the hallmarks of extinction that are kicking into overdrive during the Anthropocene? It has been over 30 years since the publication of Luis Alvarez’s groundbreaking paper in Science on the asteroid that impacted Earth 66 million years ago. Out of […]

Earth Blog #2 – What is Landscape?

What is landscape?  Based on the original definition, it’s only the human modifications in the scene in the painting above, a detail from “Mantle of Winter,” 1921, Guy C. Wiggins, Oil on canvas, Louise Crombie Beach Collection, William Benton Museum of Art, UConn. Mark Twain once wrote. “The difference between the right word and almost […]