It’s called a Schmidt hammer, and for the past eight years, it has been a critical tool in the research of Nicole Gasparini, an associate professor in the Tulane Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Also known as a Swiss hammer, it measures the elastic properties or strength of concrete or rock. Gasparini is a geomorphologist, a scientist who studies the evolution and configuration of landforms. She has been using the device to gain a better understanding of bedrock river erosion.
On March 5, 2016 Prof. Nicole Gasparini; Prof of Practice, Jeffrey Agnew; graduate students Jordan Adams and Daniel Culling; undergraduate student Claire Beauchamp of Tulane University, School of Science and Engineering, the Earth and Environmental Sciences department hosted an outreach program called GIST for 5th to 8th grade girls to have positive experiences with women role models in STEM fields.
Karen Johannesson, Professor of Geochemistry and Chemical Hydrogeology at Tulane University has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 C.C. Patterson Award. The Patterson Award recognizes an innovative breakthrough of fundamental significance in environmental geochemistry, particularly in service of society, consisting of either a single outstanding contribution or a short series of papers published within the last decade.
School of Science and Engineering professor Torbjörn E. Törnqvist was invested as the inaugural Vokes Geology Professor during a ceremony on April 16.
For 40 years, students enrolled in the Grand Canyon Colloquium offered each spring semester have gotten far more than a grade.
Tulane University scientist Kyle Straub has been recognized with a national award for his work in sedimentary geology.
The research group of Brad Rosenheim (Stable Isotope Laboratory) recently published a manuscript on measuring clumped isotopes of CO2, a promising paleothermometer. Tulane becomes the 7th university to publish clumped isotope data from carbonates worldwide.
Project Elevation, a climb at Mount Kilimanjaro, is student Batina Brockamp's way to raise funds and benefit two charities who help needy women.
Brad Rosenheim has recently published an article in the journal Global Biogeochemical Cycles which summarizes how the large Mississippi/Atchafalaya river system is involved in the carbon cycle and how this involvement changes when water levels rise.
Steve Nelson discusses the September 2003 meteor event on WWLT-TV news. The meteor went though a house in the Uptown area of New Orleans.
Tulane researcher Brad Rosenheim talked about his scientific expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula on November 27, 2012 in the Freeman Auditorium.
Mead Allison, one of the nation’s leading experts on land-creating sediment in the Mississippi River and Louisiana’s continental shelf, will join Tulane University as a professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, effective Fall 2013.
The LARISSA project, funded by NSF, embarks to Antarctica to study the history of ice shelves along the Antarctic Peninsula. Rosenheim will be taking samples of suspended sediments from spring glacial meltwaters to look for potential old sources of carbon within those sediments.
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The NOGS Memorial Foundation approved four Earth and Environmental Sciences' students for scholarship for 2012. The students received their scholarship awards at the October, 2012 NOGS luncheon.
Brad Rosenheim, with colleague Valier Galy, published a paper on riverine carbon cycling in Geophysical Research Letters. The article was featured in the News and Views section of Nature Geosciences (October issue) as a highlight in biogeochemistry.
In the summer of 1968, freshmen recruits Bob Marshall from New Orleans and Scott Heape of Dallas walked onto the football practice field at Tulane University and became close friends. They learned to balance the rigors of football practice with a demanding geology curriculum, ultimately winning Tulane a Liberty Bowl championship in 1970.
Torbjörn Törnqvist and Marc Hijma's paper on ice sheet/sea level connections was published in the September 2012 issue of Nature Geoscience.The paper was also featured in the journal's press release and lead editorial.
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Graduate student, Cyndhia Ramatchandirane, presents poster, along with Krista Jankowski and Jon Marshak, at State of the Coast Conference.
Kyle Straub and Jane Stammer collect sediment samples from recent experiments. Jane is a Ph.D. graduate student from the Colorado School of Mines working with Dr. Straub in the Sediment Dynamics Laboratory.
The PBS NewsHour examines the vanishing coastline of Louisiana. Professor Torbjörn Törnqvist and Adjunct Professor Alex Kolker share their comments.
Research led by Torbjörn Törnqvist finds that "human-induced climate change" has a dramatic effect on the rate of sea level rise in the 20th century.
The lure of waterfront property goes back a long way in human history. Ardipithecus ramidus preferred to live close to the water's edge rather than in the interior regions of East Africa. The article, appearing in Nature Communication, is co-authored by professor of practice, Nahid Gani.
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Marc Hijma's fieldwork in the Mississippi Delta researching sea-level changes during the last 6,000 years, has led him to a wide variety of places in Louisiana, sometimes with unexpected participants.
With her latest research highlighted in the leading scientific journal Nature, Professor Karen Johannesson is receiving wide acclaim for her important discoveries about the origin of cancer-causing toxins in the drinking water in India, but her next step will be applying those findings right in Tulane's backyard.
Researchers in the sediment dynamics lab at Tulane University are focused on determining how water and sediment travel through river deltas. Using reduced-scale experiments,researchers recreate environments such as the Mississippi delta in order to predict where and how the sediment forms.
A major river event occurred this past spring: The Mississippi and Atchafalaya became the two largest rivers on earth. It was an extraordinary time to be a scientist who is interested in what rivers do to oceans, says Alex Kolker.
Dr. Kyle Straub recently co-lead a three day course on the geomorphology and stratigraphy of continental margins for Repsol Inc., Spain's largest oil company.
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