Drs. Lynn Harrell and Alberto Perez Huerta’s recent research published in Palaeontology demonstrates elevated body temperatures in mosasaurs, a group of large marine reptiles from the Mesozoic. The work was part of Lynn Harrell’s recent dissertation and represents an biogeochemical approach to studying ancient fossils. You can read more at Science Daily and other news sources.
Professor Paul Aharon, Ray E. Loper Endowed Chair in Geology (https://geo.ua.edu/people/paul-aharon/) , reveals the age of the Torah used in the Temple Emanu-El on the UA campus. Based on radiocarbon dating the ancient document is 750 years old, making it the second-oldest complete Torah scroll known. The oldest, dating from 1155-1255, is in the University
Dr. Yuehan Lu in collaboration with faculty members Drs. Eben N. Broadbent and Angelica Almeyda Zambrano (Department of Geography) received a grant from the Alabama Water Resources Research Institute (AWRR) for a project incorporating remote sensing to determine the source and amount of inorganic and organic nutrients exported from agricultural watersheds. Previous AWRR recipients from
A new publication in Lithosphere(2015),7(5):503 by Mahatsente et al. is revisiting the problem of the relative importance and contribution of the ridge-push force (RPF) in assisting plate motion and controlling the intraplate stress field and addressing the question of whether the RPF can be transmitted in an oceanic plate or is dissipated in a form
A recent paper in Nature Communications describes results from a novel method to determine dinosaur body temperatures. Clumped isotope paleothermometry was applied to dinosaur eggshells to ascertain parent body temperatures during the period of egg formation. Alberto Perez-Huerta performed electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) analysis of the fossil eggshells to assess their level of preservation, which
Dr. Dimova published a new research in the high-ranked Journal of Environmental Science and Technology (http://pubsdc3.acs.org/doi/full/10.1021/acs.est.5b02215) . The article reports on new findings of the current drivers and magnitude of groundwater discharge in large areas in Alaska with different permafrost coverage. This is one of the first field-based hydrogeological studies in high latitude areas.
Daniel Martin (Ph.D student in Coastal Hydrology) was awarded 3rd place (and $200) for best oral presentation at the 29th Annual Alabama Water Resources Conference held in Perdido Beach Resort, Orange Beach, AL (http://www.aaes.auburn.edu/water/alabama-water-resources-conference/). This is the third time a Hydrogeology student from our department wins the conference competition. Previous recipients (Fall 2013) from our
Dr. Kim Genareau recently published a paper in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, a journal of the European Geosciences Union, that examines atmospheric ice nucleation around volcanic ash particles. These processes impact both ash aggregation and cloud glaciation, which in turn affects atmospheric transport and global climate. The relationship between volcanic and atmospheric phenomena are a
Two geology students, Elizabeth Bollen (MS) and Peng Shang (Ph.D), were recognized for their research last month by the Geological Survey of Alabama (GSA). Elizabeth received the John S. Winefordner research scholarship ($1,500) which will be used for completing microprobe analyses of garnet to determine trace element and major element zoning; analyzes are part of
Daniel Martin (Ph.D student in Coastal Hydrology) won the graduate student award of the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies (GCAGS) for year 2015/2016. This award is given to “worthy college and university geosciences students pursuing research in the Gulf Coast region” who are working on variety of topics including, geology, geophysics, energy and mineral