School of Earth and Climate Sciences

Sapiens reports on archaeological research in Peru by Sandweiss, alumnus

Sapiens reported on archaeological research in Peru by Daniel Sandweiss, a professor of anthropology and quaternary and climate studies at the University of Maine, and Kurt Rademaker, a UMaine alumnus and archaeologist with Northern Illinois University. Sapiens is a journal published by Wenner Gren, a large foundation supporting anthropology. Sandweiss and Rademaker, along with other […]

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UMaine Geology Club explores glacial deposits, volcanic rocks in Iceland

In May, 19 University of Maine Geology Club members and two faculty took a 10-day field trip to Iceland. The focus of the student-planned trip was on glacial deposits and volcanic rocks in the south of Iceland. The group toured Thingvellir National Park, site of Iceland’s first government and the center of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge […]

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Birkel interviewed for Press Herald article on spring rainfall

Sean Birkel, a research assistant professor in the School of Earth and Climate Sciences and Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine, was interviewed for a Portland Press Herald article about changes in spring rainfall. The article also mentioned Glen Koehler, a fruit tree specialist with the UMaine Cooperative Extension. This year marked the […]

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Research points to ancient, undisturbed Antarctic ice core, media report

Gizmodo, Quartz, The TeCake and LabRoots reported on a new study published in Geophysical Research Letters by researchers at the University of Washington and University of Maine. The current record for a continuous ice core is 800,000 years, but the new research shows an even older continuous core may exist deep within the Allan Hills […]

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Research points to ancient, undisturbed Antarctic ice core, media report

Gizmodo and LabRoots reported on a new study published in Geophysical Research Letters by researchers at the University of Washington and University of Maine. The current record for a continuous ice core is 800,000 years, but the new research shows an even older continuous core may exist deep within the Allan Hills Blue Ice Area […]

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UMaine’s 216th Commencement is May 12

More than 1,650 students, including 34 doctoral degree candidates, are expected to participate in the University of Maine’s 216th Commencement on May 12 in Harold Alfond Sports Arena on campus. UMaine Commencement will be held in two ceremonies, beginning at 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Both ceremonies are ticketed events and live streaming will be available. Tips for attending Commencement, […]

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News Center Maine interviews Maasch, Elias about tick season

News Center Maine spoke with Kirk Maasch, a professor in the School of Earth and Climate Sciences and the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine, and Susan Elias, a UMaine Ph.D. candidate and vector-borne disease ecologist, for a report about the start of Maine’s tick season. Experts say changes in the environment are […]

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National Geographic quotes Lyon in article on extreme Mongolian winters

Bradfield Lyon, an associate research professor in climate analysis at the University of Maine, spoke with National Geographic for the article, “The dangers of dzud, Mongolia’s lethal winters.” For the second time this decade, extreme winter conditions on the Mongolian steppe caused extensive die-offs of animals that traditional herding communities rely on for their survival, […]

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Campbell, Hall part of massive UK-US examination of Antarctic glacier

The Thwaites Glacier in remote West Antarctica is losing 50 billion tons of ice a year and polar scientists say it could collapse within decades. The resulting rapid sea-level rise would increase vulnerability for 40 percent of the world’s population — approximately 3 billion people — living within 60 miles of the coast. So reducing […]

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