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Department News


  • Scientists pull together on global problem of Coastal Subsidence December 2, 2013

  • Professor Mead Allison and group“Sea-level rise will become our biggest enemy,” in terms of flooding in coastal areas, says Torbjörn Törnqvist, professor and chair of earth and environmental sciences at Tulane University.

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  • Less of a Class, More of an Experience November 8, 2013

  • grand canyonFor 40 years, students enrolled in the Grand Canyon Colloquium offered each spring semester have gotten far more than a grade.

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  • Assistant Professor Kyle M. Straub wins national award! June 11, 2013


  • Kyle M. StraubTulane University scientist Kyle Straub has been recognized with a national award for his work in sedimentary geology.

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  • Measuring the Temperature of the Dinosaurs May 21, 2013


    Jianwu TangThe 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.

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  • Student plans big climb to help women's causes April 15, 2013


    Batina BrockampProject Elevation, a climb at Mount Kilimanjaro, is student Batina Brockamp's way to raise funds and benefit two charities who help needy women.

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  • River Discharge Influences on Particulate Organic Carbon Age Structure in the Mississippi/Atchafalaya River System February 27, 2013


    IMG_9857Brad 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.

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  • Remembering the Meteorite Which Fell Through Uptown Home Feb 21, 2013

    meteorSteve Nelson discusses the September 2003 meteor event on WWLT-TV news. The meteor went though a house in the Uptown area of New Orleans.

    http://www.wwltv.com/news/Remembering-the-meteorite-that-crashed-into-Uptown-NO-home--192418191.html

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  • To Antarctica and Back Again  November 26, 2012


    Brad RosenheimTulane researcher Brad Rosenheim talked about his scientific expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula on November 27, 2012 in the Freeman Auditorium. 

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  • Renowned Researcher Mead Allison Returns to Tulane November 26, 2012


    Mead AllisonMead 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.

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  •  Brad Rosenheim invited on Antarctic research cruise October 5, 2012

  • Brad Rosenheim - LARISSA cruiseThe 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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    New Orleans Geological Society (NOGS) Award Winners October 1, 2012

    NOGS 2012 Award WinnersThe 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.

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  • Direct measurement of Riverine particulate organic carbon age structure  october 1, 2012


    Rosenheim - Figure 3Brad 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. 

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  • Bob Marshall and Scott Heape: A Legacy of Teamwork  Fall, 2012

    Bob Marshall and Scott HeapeIn 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.

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  • Links between early Holocene ice-sheet decay, sea-level rise and abrupt climate change september 1, 2012


    Source: Nature Publishing GroupTorbjörn 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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  • State of the Coast Conference  june 28, 2012


    Grad student, Cyndhia Ramatchandirane, at ConferenceGraduate student, Cyndhia Ramatchandirane, presents poster, along with Krista Jankowski and Jon Marshak, at State of the Coast Conference. 

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  • Deep-water Basin Experiments june 26, 2012


    Kyle Straub and Jane StammerKyle 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.

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  • PBS NewsHour reports on Coping with Climate Change June 1, 2012

    Isle de Jean Charles in 1993The PBS NewsHour examines the vanishing coastline of Louisiana. Professor Torbjörn Törnqvist and Adjunct Professor Alex Kolker share their comments.

    http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/climate-change/jan-june12/louisianacoast_05-30.html

    http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2012/05/why-louisiana-is-sinking.html


  • Gulf Coast sea level rise in overdrive, study says april 5, 2012

  • Torbjörn E. TörnqvistResearch 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..

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  • Early Humans Loved Living Near Water, Too January 9, 2012

  • Nahid Gani, Professor of PracticeThe 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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    Dating Mississippi Branches and Chenier Ridges March 8, 2012


    Marc HijmaMarc 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.

    Read about his recent research


    Research into Heavy Metals Makes Social Impact Winter, 2011

    Professor Karen JohannessonWith 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.

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    Sediment Flow Tracked in Lab-Sized Delta October 14, 2011

    Mississippi DeltaResearchers 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.

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  • Researchers track ‘where the mud goes’ September 27, 2011

    KolkerA 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.

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    Kyle Straub Conducts Short Course to Repsol Employees

    Kyle and StudentsDr. 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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