School of Earth and Climate Sciences

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Four college faculty members earn tenure and/or promotion

The University of Maine announced that tenure and/or promotion for 15 faculty members has been approved by the University of Maine System Board of Trustees. The faculty members were nominated by UMaine President Susan J. Hunter based on a peer and administrative review of their successful teaching, research and public service. “The excellence and leadership […]

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Putnam’s Mongolian Altai expedition featured in Pacific Standard

Pacific Standard reported on a recent research expedition by Aaron Putnam, George H. Denton Assistant Professor for the University of Maine’s School of Earth and Climate Sciences and Climate Change Institute. Putnam traveled to Mongolia to develop a chronology of glacial retreat, taking samples from granite boulders that were once suspended in ice in the Altai […]

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UMaine awards Sandweiss the 2017 Presidential Research and Creative Achievement Award

A forensics researcher on the front lines of the drug abuse crisis in Maine and nationwide, the founder of UMaine’s nationally recognized Writing Center and an international expert on El Niño will receive the University of Maine’s top annual faculty awards. Research Professor Marcella Sorg will receive the 2017 Presidential Public Service Achievement Award; Professor […]

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National Geographic quotes Lyon in article on Somalia drought

Bradfield Lyon, an associate research professor of climate analysis at the University of Maine, was interviewed by National Geographic for an article about the current drought in Somalia. The country’s government recently declared the drought a national disaster, and observers fear if rain doesn’t come this month, mass starvation will follow, according to the article. […]

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International media report on the discovery of 208 new anthropogenic minerals

News outlets worldwide reported on research that identifies a group of new minerals that formed either principally or exclusively through human activities. Edward Grew, a research professor in the School of Earth and Climate Sciences collaborated on the research team led by Robert Hazen of the Carnegie Institution for Science. The results underscore humans’ impact […]

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Anthropocene mineralogy and the dawn of a new geological epoch

There are roughly 5,200 officially recognized minerals on planet Earth according to the International Mineralogical Association (IMA). Two of which — Edgrewite and hydroxyledgrewite — are named after University of Maine mineralogist and petrologist Edward Grew. Grew, a research professor in the School of Earth and Climate Sciences, has studied and helped discover new minerals […]

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AP quotes Kelley in report on disappearing salt marshes

Joseph Kelley, a University of Maine professor of marine geology, spoke with the Associated Press for an article about how salt marshes are disappearing due to rising sea levels. The U.S. Geological Survey recently conducted an assessment of eight of the country’s coastal salt marshes, according to the article. It found that half of the […]

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Hamilton among notable Mainers, scientists lost in 2016, media report

University of Maine climate scientist Gordon Hamilton was included in several media reports on notable Mainers who passed away in 2016. The Associated Press, Portland Press Herald and Maine Public reported on the deaths. The professor in the School of Earth and Climate Sciences and researcher with the Climate Change Institute died in a field […]

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