Department News

  • Wetter Pliocene Driven by Earth System Feedbacks
    A team of scientists, led by Assistant Professor Ran Feng at Department of Earth Sciences, have a new explanation for how ancient subtropical drylands become mesic habitats. In a new Nature Communications article, the team conducted a series of simulations to investigate the climate conditions responsible for generating mesic subtropical conditions over 3 million years […]
    Posted on March 14, 2022
  • Lost Continent Aided Mammal Migration
    A team of scientists, including Department of Geosciences researcher Megan Mueller, have a new explanation for how mammals originally from Asia were able to colonize Europe around 34 million years ago. In a new Earth Science Reviews article, the team documents several lines of evidence for an ancient continent, named Balkanatolia, between Europe, Africa, and […]
    Posted on March 8, 2022
  • Climate change contributed to Devonian mass extinction
    New research suggests that climate change played an important role in the Frasnian–Famennian mass extinction (~372 Ma). UConn Geosciences current and former graduate students Jaleigh Pier, Sarah Brisson, and Dr. Andrew Beard and Professors Michael Hren and Andrew Bush generated the new results, which show that a cooling climate was likely responsible for the extinction […]
    Posted on December 21, 2021
  • Arsenic in CT wells linked to pesticide use in orchards
    New research published in The Journal of Environmental Quality by Department of Geosciences alumni Dr. Mark Higgins and Dr. Meredith Metcalf and Professor Gary Robbins finds a link between arsenic levels in wells and proximity to historic orchards. Although use of arsenic in pesticides was phased out decades ago and many orchards have been converted […]
    Posted on December 21, 2021
  • Interview with Dept. Head Tracy Frank
    Our new department head, Dr. Tracy Frank, discusses geoscience careers, her research, and the future of the field in an interview for UConn Today. She discusses how geoscientists are uniquely equip to tackle current and future environmental problems. Link to the UConn Today article
    Posted on October 8, 2021
  • Toxic blooms at the end-Permian mass extinction
    New research published today in Nature Communications suggests that during and following devastation of land plant communities at the end of the Permian period, rivers and lakes became hostile to life owing to the proliferation of toxic microbes. UConn Geosciences Professors Tracy Frank and Chris Fielding are among the team of geoscientists who generated the […]
    Posted on September 17, 2021
  • Earth Blog #5: Whole Earth Environmentalism: Synonym or Euphemism?
    For me, the first week of fall semester 2021 culminated with a UConn Today feature article by Elaina Hancock titled: “Rx for Humanity: Whole Earth Environmentalism.”  The article’s subtitle “Whole Earth Environmentalism is mine. It popped out accidentally when I was trying to describe what Earth System Science was to an outsider who wasn’t getting […]
    Posted on September 3, 2021
  • Earth Blog #4 – Breakthrough to High Schools
    Last  year was a breakthrough year for the Department of Geosciences. Perhaps you noticed the stronger support by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; the addition of two full professors active in paleoclimatic and paleoenvironmental research; the dean’s appointment of a new department head (Tracy Frank); a near-doubling of our graduate student group; an […]
    Posted on July 29, 2021
  • 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 […]
    Posted on May 20, 2021
  • Have an Earth Science Question?
    Have a question related to the Earth sciences? The experts in the Department of Geosciences are here to help. Introducing Ask a Geoscientist! We can help answer questions ranging from "What is this strange rock I found in my backyard?" to "How did this valley form?" to "What led to this unusual cloud?" Simply fill […]
    Posted on April 25, 2021