Jim McClain and Robert Zierenberg are participating in a 3-week expedition off the coasts of Oregon and Washington to study the formation of Axial Seamount. Read MBARI's (Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute) Northern 2016 Expedition blog.
From Smithsonian online: "When Did Today's Whales Get So Big?" - Geerat Vermeij is co-author on recent study. Read more on the UC Davis L&S website: "Evolution of Biggest Whales Linked With Ocean Productivity"
"Geerat Vermeij on Plant Defences in Annals of Botany" - an interview with Geerat Vermeij
"Marine Life Quickly Recovered After Global Mass Extinction" - Reptiles rapidly invaded the seas soon after a global extinction wiped out most life on Earth, according to a new study led by University of California, Davis, researchers. Isabel Montanez and Ryosuke Motani are among the co-authors of this study published in Scientific Reports.
"New Type of Meteorite Linked to Ancient Asteroid Collision" - Qing-zhu Yin is a co-author on this study published in Nature Communications.
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- Sandy Carlson is the recipient of the 2016 Encourage Award by the Association for Women Geoscientists. From AWG, "Your leadership initiative has helped to not only continue to foster the relationship between AWG and the Paleo Society, but to bring a whole new level of recognition to our awards for young women pursuing careers in paleontology. This is the definition of encouraging women in the geosciences!"
- Isabel Montañez has been elected vice president (and president-elect) of the Geological Society of America beginning July 1, 2016.
- Dawn Sumner has received the 2016 Distinguished Career Award from the Geobiology and Geomicrobiology Division of the Geological Society of America. This award is bestowed in recognition of Dawn's continually high level of geobiological research and mentorship of exceptional student research. Notably, the distinguished career award is only presented to those who have significantly shaped the field of Geobiology and have demonstrated exceptional geobiological research and teaching.
- Chip Lesher has been named a 2016 Fellow of the Geological Society of America. Society Fellows are chosen in recognition of their distinguished contributions to the geosciences. In Chip's case, he was nominated for his "innovative studies of the chemistry and physics of magmatic systems with particular reference to physical and transport properties that impact the differentiation of Earth and the planets."
- Graduate student Erik Davies has received a NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship for his research on the “Thermodynamics and Mechanics of Large Impacts”.
- Isabel Montanez has been named a 2016 Geochemical Fellow by the Geochemical Society and the European Association of Geochemistry. The honorary title of Geochemistry Fellow is bestowed upon outstanding scientists who have, over some years, made a major contribution to the field of geochemistry.
- Tessa Hill has received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. This award is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their research careers. "President Obama Honors Extraordinary Early-Career Scientists" -White House Press Release
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