Department News

  • 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 […]
    Posted on February 4, 2021
  • Earth Blog #2 – What is Landscape?
    What is landscape?  Based on the original definition, it’s the road and flanking wall.  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 the right word is like the difference […]
    Posted on January 21, 2021
  • Earth Blog #1 – Painting the Blue Planet Blue
    Note:  This is the first of many posts for our new website designed to highlight the role of Geosciences within UConn Nation.   The target audience consists of students, faculty, staff, and administrators interested in how the earth works, what its history has been, and why this matters. As our climates change, water is increasingly finding […]
    Posted on November 9, 2020
  • Anthropocene Exhibition at the Benton
    The human epoch exhibition supports the teaching of a new introductory environmental literacy and science course offered by the Department of Geosciences at the University of Connecticut, GSCI 1000E The Human Epoch. The Human Epoch: Living in the Anthropocene is curated by Robert Thorson, Department Head and Professor, Geosciences, with Amanda Douberley, Assistant Curator/Academic Liaison, William […]
    Posted on November 7, 2020
  • Paleoclimatology Review Article
    An international team of climate scientists, including UConn Department of Geosciences assistant professors Ran Feng and Clay Tabor, suggests that research centers around the world using numerical models to predict future climate change should include simulations of past climates in their evaluation and statement of their model performance. Link to the publication Link to the […]
    Posted on November 7, 2020
  • Now Hiring Department Head!
    The Department of Geosciences at the University of Connecticut invites applications for a faculty and administrative leadership position as the Department Head starting August 2021. The field of specialty is open; however, candidates whose research focuses on water within natural and/or human systems are highly encouraged to apply. The Department of Geosciences at the University […]
    Posted on November 3, 2020
  • Geomicrobiology Class Field Trip
    On October 17th, Dr. Pieter Visscher’s Geomicrobiology class took a field trip to Barn Island in Stonington, CT.  They were able to take samples from the area and then return to the lab to look more closely at their findings.  The students were thrilled to be able to get out in the field and get […]
    Posted on October 26, 2020
  • New Site Launched!
    Welcome to the new Department of Geosciences website! Please have a look around. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us!
    Posted on October 18, 2020
  • Tammo Reichgelt Publishes in Climate of the Past!
    Assistant Professor in Residence Tammo Reichgelt recently published in the journal Climate of the Past. His research on mummified plants and the associated publication has also received media attention! Link to the publication Link to the media
    Posted on August 15, 2020
  • Black in Geoscience
    We must all do our part to support the sea-change in culture and politics regarding equality and justice for all peoples. For many reasons, representation in geoscience by under-represented groups is lagging behind that of other fields at at all levels from student to emeritus faculty. This recent posting from the American Geophysics Union — […]
    Posted on June 10, 2020