• August 14, 2020
    CMU Researchers Headed to Antarctica
    The Nathaniel B. PalmerFrom 22 September, 2020 to 18 December, 2020, a team of researchers will be sailing on the R/V Nathaniel B. Palmer to sample marine invertebrates and microbes living in the waters off Antarctica.

    Dr. Andrew Mahon and Dr. Deric Learman will lead the CMU team that will also include two CMU Ph.D. students (Jessica Zehnpfennig and Madeline Armstrong).

    Dr. Deric LearmanThe field team will also consist of researchers from Auburn University and The University of Alabama.

    Their research will help improve understanding of the biodiversity and evolutionary history of marine invertebrates and microbes living in Antarctic waters.

    Follow their cruise at http://icyinverts.com where they will post blogs and photos. Additionally, follow the crew on Twitter at @CMU_Antarctica, @GeoMicro_DRL, @kmkocot, @Icy_Inverts_AU and the hashtag #IcyInverts. When possible, they will also include YouTube videos and other media in their posts.
  • April 16, 2020
    Why are storms getting worse?

    Prestigious grant will fund faculty member's climate change related research
    photo of severe thunderstorm​ The world's climate is getting warmer. Severe storms are causing billions of dollars in damage across the globe each year.

    To help improve our understanding of the link between a globally warming climate and the increase in the number and severity of storms, Central Michigan University faculty member John Allen, in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, has received a grant of nearly $660,000 from the National Science Foundation to study severe convective storms, or thunderstorms.

    The research goal is to improve our understanding of the link between a globally warming climate and the increase in the number and severity of storms.

    "We can't stop the problem, but if we have better education and forecasting, we can better prepare people and mitigate the amount of damage," said Allen.

EES student publishes research
Leah Jackson studying samples in microscopeEES doctoral student Leah Jackson recently published results from her work on monitoring groundwater contamination beneath Ann Arbor, Michigan in the Hydrogeology Journal. She is studying bioremediation efforts at the Gelman Site where a plume of 1,4-dioxane has contaminated local drinking water wells, forcing the city to draw water instead from a nearby reservoir. Her analysis of the available date from a network of groundwater monitoring wells suggests that contaminant migration has appeared to slow or stop over the last 12 years. She and advisor Dr. Lawrence Lemke have mathematically examined the potential for natural processes (as opposed to ongoing engineered remediation) to explain this behavior. They have demonstrated that there is a very real possibility that natural processes, such as the contaminant clinging to sediments or being eaten by microbes, are at play here.

EES student takes home research award
Miles Reed and undergraduate Geology major Dan Figac gather soil samples during the Summer 2019 field seasonEES doctoral student Miles Reed recently won a research award from the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping (NCALM) for his research project, “Chemical erosion response to transient physical erosion along the path of a migrating kickpoint.” The award will provide LiDAR data, to help create a 3D model of one of his research sites in northern California. Reed is studying how changes in physical erosion affect chemical erosion in tectonically active environments in northern California and Costa Rica. The new NCALM LiDAR data for the northern California site will provide highly accurate topographic information that will be used to relate hillslope samples to the wider landscape.
CMU Earth & Ecosystem Science Ph.D. student brings home awards
Maria Molina giver her presentation at the AMS 29th ConferenceMaria Molina in front of her research poster
EES Ph.D. student Maria Molina won a best presentation award at the American Meteorological Society's 29th Conference on Severe Local Storms" in Stowe, Vermont recently. Her winning oral presentation was titled "A Lagrangian Technique for Moisture Attribute of Winter and Spring Severe Local Storms over the Contiguous United States."