[Eoas-seminar] FSU-EOAS Newsletter - Summer 2019

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** Florida State University

** Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science (https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://fsu.us20.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a562102402f5ab840074a1cc5&id=6df3c8c4ac&e=792f743b6e__;!5Xm4_O-4tfk!m-HMbM9AUlrtzKc0U-dp4YQqE1WoVD7NtIoZgc_16IXoUd7Pp3jn2B8ZsfbVXgH1NFKm0WU$ )

* EOAS New building (#building)
* Getting to know Dr. Winchester (#winchester)
* EOAS in the News (#news)
* Oceanography Updates - Mosaic Expedition (#Arctic)
* Meet EOAS Academic Faculty (#Faculty)  : Dr. Landing
* Geology Research update (#geology)
* Meet EOAS Academic Faculty : Dr. Fan (#Dr. Fan)
* Geology 2019 Field camp (#field)
* Bob Broedel - Technical Research Designer (#bob broedel)
* Notable achievements (#achievements)
* Graduations - May 2019 (#graduations)
* Graduations - Summer 2019 (#graduations-summer)
* Undergraduates (#Undergrads)

Celebrate the Smart-Solar Flower delivery with Dr. Winchester

The Smart Flower Solar collector is on site at the new FSU’s Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Science (https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://fsu.us20.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a562102402f5ab840074a1cc5&id=5215c3643c&e=792f743b6e__;!5Xm4_O-4tfk!m-HMbM9AUlrtzKc0U-dp4YQqE1WoVD7NtIoZgc_16IXoUd7Pp3jn2B8ZsfbVXgH1GmmYYrI$ ) building. The Smart Flower was delivered, supervised by Ajax Building Corporation (https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://fsu.us20.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a562102402f5ab840074a1cc5&id=f2994979b7&e=792f743b6e__;!5Xm4_O-4tfk!m-HMbM9AUlrtzKc0U-dp4YQqE1WoVD7NtIoZgc_16IXoUd7Pp3jn2B8ZsfbVXgH1SoQdHss$ ) , to its new location on the first-floor roof of the large classroom extending outward from the south side of the new building.
Dr. Winchester, professor Emeritas of Oceanography at Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Science at FSU graciously donate the Smart Flower to the department. In the next few month, the Smart Flower will be totally set up and connected.

The new building should be completed this Fall. The expected date for the certificate of occupancy is November 25th, 2019. Everyone is looking forward to moving in!

Some of the highlights of the new building include:
- Robert Hutt, who recently retired from the U.S. Geological Survey’s Albuquerque, New Mexico, Seismological Laboratory and has recently relocated to Tallahassee, has donated a state-of-the-art digital seismometer to the EOAS program.

- A groundwater monitoring well will be drilled outside the new building.
-NOAA will be installing Science on a Sphere in the first floor lobby: https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://fsu.us20.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a562102402f5ab840074a1cc5&id=2cf37cafff&e=792f743b6e__;!5Xm4_O-4tfk!m-HMbM9AUlrtzKc0U-dp4YQqE1WoVD7NtIoZgc_16IXoUd7Pp3jn2B8ZsfbVXgH1O3xtuXU$ 
- On the 6th of the building there will be a research deck for use with atmospheric instruments.
- FSU Master Craftsman Studio @FSU Facilities is working on the windows and arts/sculpture elements.
- Lounge rooms will be embellished with a very special gift of art donated by the painter Gabrielle Wu Lee's husband. Mrs Lee graduated from FSU Geology. Her paintings were on showcase for several exhibitions at the Florida State University Museum Of Fine Arts (MOFA): https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://fsu.us20.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a562102402f5ab840074a1cc5&id=121f0dbd87&e=792f743b6e__;!5Xm4_O-4tfk!m-HMbM9AUlrtzKc0U-dp4YQqE1WoVD7NtIoZgc_16IXoUd7Pp3jn2B8ZsfbVXgH12Ndk-_4$ 

Information below : "Construction advances on state-of-the-art Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science building". By Barbara Ash - Florida State University News, April 18th 2018.
The new EOAS building will contain 18 general research labs, 10 specialized research labs and 10 computer labs. There also will be equipment shops and storage space, plus a TV studio for meteorology students. In addition, there will be a lecture hall that seats 280 people, an assembly room that seats 100, and six departmental conference rooms. The space includes 120 offices for faculty, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers.

“We are at a unique time in history with respect to the need for critical geoscience information, and EOAS is well positioned to contribute highly trained geoscience graduates and research results and solutions to deal with the immense problems facing our state, nation and the world’s population,” Tull said. “The people in our department are well positioned to contribute to, if not frame and initiate, those solutions.”

“Our faculty and students concentrate their efforts on improving our understanding of how our planet works and are very excited to be given the opportunity to perform our teaching and research missions under one roof in a new, state-of-the-art science complex,” said department chair James Tull."
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“I believe supporting education for people has prospects for large future payback, as measured by the value of resulting knowledge and career advancement.  It is a good investment!”  – Prof. John Winchester

“Jack” Winchester went to high school in the western suburbs of Chicago from 1943-47. His father was a public accountant who worked in the “loop” of Chicago and his mother was a graduate of music from Knox College. Her instruments were organ and piano and she gave piano lessons to the children. She had great hopes for Jack to become a musician, but he did not inherent the talent of a performer.  Jack had one sister and one brother. His brother music talent was performing “Oldies Goldie’s”.

Jack went to undergraduate at the University of Chicago from 1947-52 and Graduate School at MIT from 1952-55. His post-doctoral work was through a Fulbright grant in Amsterdam from 1955-56 where he also learned to speak Dutch. It was a really good experience in which he continues to be interested in languages. Jack could see right away that the way to get ahead in academics was to become a specialist and develop programs with specialties. He came back from Amsterdam for an appointment at MIT for assistant professor of geochemistry where he spent the next 10 years as a faculty member. Jack then had the opportunity to join the Dept. of Meteorology and Oceanography at the University of Michigan, Arbor, in 1967.

In 1970, he took an invitation from the Florida State University of Tallahassee to chair its then quite new Department of Oceanography. One of the courses he develop with Edward Laws, a doctoral student in Chemical Physics at Harvard for the department was an undergrad Oceanography course for science majors like Geology students with a focus on “learning by doing,”  With Jack’s help, Oceanography became a great place to study and teach.

Great anecdote:
There was one standout student whom was enrolled in geology and the professors raved about him being brilliant. He took Jack’s Oceanography course which gave him a perquisite for pursing his career. This student then graduated from Florida State University and went on to Miami for his Master’s and PhD in Oceanography. From there he went on to Penn State for his career in academia, serving as the dean of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and founding director of the Earth System Science Center. This student was Eric Barron who returned to FSU later as the President before returning to Penn State as their President. How cool is that?

Jack thinks everyone should make the most of solar energy as we can. We have an energy supply problem in this world and we are destroying our ecology. Humanity depends on the sun to power our global ecosystem of which humanity is a part. His hope is this Smart flower will supply a visual interest to promote solar panels.

According to his biographer : Mackenzie G. Biehl - Director of Sales and Marketing - Tapestry Senior Living Lakeshore

The Winchester Fund (https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://fsu.us20.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a562102402f5ab840074a1cc5&id=4fefff6b69&e=792f743b6e__;!5Xm4_O-4tfk!m-HMbM9AUlrtzKc0U-dp4YQqE1WoVD7NtIoZgc_16IXoUd7Pp3jn2B8ZsfbVXgH14_DASBg$ )

The John W. and Ellen M. Winchester Fund for Excellence in Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Geochemistry, benefiting the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, provides support for undergraduate and graduate students studying earth, ocean, and atmospheric geochemistry.
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Ice sheets underpin core elements of the Earth's carbon cycle (https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://fsu.us20.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a562102402f5ab840074a1cc5&id=c8a05d1973&e=792f743b6e__;!5Xm4_O-4tfk!m-HMbM9AUlrtzKc0U-dp4YQqE1WoVD7NtIoZgc_16IXoUd7Pp3jn2B8ZsfbVXgH1T0BOvhM$ )
Science Daily - August 15th, 2019

Underwater mountain range near Hawaii is bouncing back after overfishing (https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://fsu.us20.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a562102402f5ab840074a1cc5&id=d613219376&e=792f743b6e__;!5Xm4_O-4tfk!m-HMbM9AUlrtzKc0U-dp4YQqE1WoVD7NtIoZgc_16IXoUd7Pp3jn2B8ZsfbVXgH1RzKGEAE$ )
Earth.com news - August 8th, 2019

FSU researchers find depleted seamounts near Hawaii recovering after decades of federal protection (https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://fsu.us20.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a562102402f5ab840074a1cc5&id=a220b604fb&e=792f743b6e__;!5Xm4_O-4tfk!m-HMbM9AUlrtzKc0U-dp4YQqE1WoVD7NtIoZgc_16IXoUd7Pp3jn2B8ZsfbVXgH13wRXhxg$ )
Dr. Amy Baco-Taylor, assistant professor in Oceanography @FSU-EOAS and doctoral student Nicole Morgan
Florida State University News - August 7th, 2019

Dr. Christopher Holmes, Assistant professor in Meteorology, is one of the Early career faculty members recognized with prestigious NSF awards (https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://fsu.us20.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a562102402f5ab840074a1cc5&id=3c900bf914&e=792f743b6e__;!5Xm4_O-4tfk!m-HMbM9AUlrtzKc0U-dp4YQqE1WoVD7NtIoZgc_16IXoUd7Pp3jn2B8ZsfbVXgH1iRooi9c$ )
Florida State University News - July 22nd, 2019

Fulbright-winning FSU faculty to share expertise worldwide (https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://fsu.us20.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a562102402f5ab840074a1cc5&id=ee5782d49a&e=792f743b6e__;!5Xm4_O-4tfk!m-HMbM9AUlrtzKc0U-dp4YQqE1WoVD7NtIoZgc_16IXoUd7Pp3jn2B8ZsfbVXgH16s4shBs$ )
Florida State University News - July 10, 2019

DRC research adds new insights on deforestation, carbon release
Africa Times - June 25, 2019

14-Year-Long Gulf of Mexico Oil Leak is Bigger Than Energy Company Claims, Federal Study Finds
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The Weather - June 25, 2019

Hidden oil spill: New study contradicts owner’s claims
The Washington Post - June 24, 2019

interview in No Planet B about climate modeling and skepticism (https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://fsu.us20.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a562102402f5ab840074a1cc5&id=50cce87efc&e=792f743b6e__;!5Xm4_O-4tfk!m-HMbM9AUlrtzKc0U-dp4YQqE1WoVD7NtIoZgc_16IXoUd7Pp3jn2B8ZsfbVXgH1YBt2Jw8$ )
Dr. Vasu Misra - FSU_EOAS and COAPS Professor

** Oceanography Updates

Mosaic September 2019: The largest Central Arctic expedition ever

In September 2019 the German research ice-breaker Polarstern will host 600 experts and researchers coming from 17 nations to make observations about the atmosphere-ice-ocean system that impacts the sea-ice mass and energy budget in the Arctic Ocean. The ship will be moored to a large ice floe and allowed to freeze-in for an entire year. The scientists will establish an ice camp around the ship to deploy sensors and collect samples throughout the next 12 months. This extraordinary expedition is run by Mosaic International Arctic Drift Expedition organization. The purpose of the observations and data collection are related to understanding, explaining, and predicting changes in the Arctic climate system.

Dr. William M. Landing, an oceanography professor at FSU department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science, will take part in the project. His team includes two other experts, Dr. David C. Kadko associate director and professor at Florida International University (FIU) (https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://fsu.us20.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a562102402f5ab840074a1cc5&id=6a59544995&e=792f743b6e__;!5Xm4_O-4tfk!m-HMbM9AUlrtzKc0U-dp4YQqE1WoVD7NtIoZgc_16IXoUd7Pp3jn2B8ZsfbVXgH18nywsOg$ ) and Dr. Clifton Buck assistant professor at Skidaway Institute of Oceanography (SIO) (https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://fsu.us20.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a562102402f5ab840074a1cc5&id=1ef50d7220&e=792f743b6e__;!5Xm4_O-4tfk!m-HMbM9AUlrtzKc0U-dp4YQqE1WoVD7NtIoZgc_16IXoUd7Pp3jn2B8ZsfbVXgH1O9jgh88$ ) . The National Science Foundation is contributing the funding to make the project real for the Florida team.

The expedition will last an entire year and the Mosaic Observatory will be deployed in and drift with the Arctic sea-ice pack starting this coming September. “By drifting with the ice in a "sea-ice Lagrangian" sense, MOSAiC will observe the atmospheric and oceanic processes that affect the sea-ice as it evolves from new first year ice to multi-year ice and eventually towards the decay stage as the ice approaches the North Atlantic sector. As such, MOSAiC will observe the full annual cycle of the sea ice.” The Expedition, https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://fsu.us20.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a562102402f5ab840074a1cc5&id=b50aaf2c2f&e=792f743b6e__;!5Xm4_O-4tfk!m-HMbM9AUlrtzKc0U-dp4YQqE1WoVD7NtIoZgc_16IXoUd7Pp3jn2B8ZsfbVXgH1Z4FoZFw$ 

Dr. Landing is in charge of the atmospheric sampling equipment for his team and other experts that might use it for their observations. He is conducting meticulous preparation of the sampling gear, making sure it works and accounting for spare equipment. He is also preparing tutorial videos and instructional guides that experts will be able to use on board. Dr. Landing is also organizing the shipping to Norway as well. Dr. Kadko will be boarding the Polarstern for one 2-month leg as will his research assistant, Dr. Mark Stephens. Dr. Buck will send his postdoc Chris Marsay on another leg.

This unprecedented event will be a milestone for the Experts and Researcher’s world community. It will be an extreme challenge due to unexpected natural events such as weather conditions that could postpone observations or data collection as well as the daily grind of living in the harsh Artic conditions. Even threats from Polar Bears could be an issue.

Hold your breath and stay the course, the Mosaic Arctic adventure is about to start! We’ll keep you updated in a regular basis in EOAS’s medias.

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Keep track of the Mosaic expedition on our social media network


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Dr. William M. Landing

William Landing has degrees in Chemistry (UC Santa Cruz, BS, 1975 and Ph.D. 1983) and Chemical Oceanography (University of Washington, MS, 1978).

He studied river chemistry in California and the aquatic speciation of trace elements in Swedish and Norwegian fjords during two post-doctoral appointments.
He joined the faculty in the Department of Oceanography at Florida State University in 1985.
He is currently a full professor in the Department of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science, formed in 2010 via merger of the departments of Oceanography, Geological Sciences, and Meteorology.

His research interests include the biogeochemistry of trace elements in marine and fresh waters with emphasis on the effects of biological and inorganic processes on dissolved - particulate fractionation, solution speciation, and redox chemistry; the development of analytical schemes for studies of trace element concentrations, equilibrium complexes and redox states in natural waters and the atmosphere; the chemistry and deposition of atmospheric aerosols and precipitation, and mercury cycling in the atmospheric and in aquatic environments.

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Massive earthquakes provide new insight into deep Earth
Dr. Wenyuan Fan

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In the waning months of 2018, two of the mightiest deep earthquakes ever recorded in human history rattled the Tonga-Fiji region of the South Pacific.

In the first-ever study of these deep earthquakes — generally defined as any earthquake occurring 350 kilometers or more below the Earth’s surface — a Florida State University-led research team characterized these significant seismological events, revealing new and surprising information about our planet’s mysterious, ever-changing interior.

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Dr. Fan is a EOAS's newest seismologist. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Geophysics at Florida States University, Tallahassee. He obtained his Ph.D. from Scripps Institution of Oceanography (scripps.ucsd.edu), University of California, San Diego in 2017. Before taking his position at FSU, Dr. Fan was a Weston Howland Jr. Postdoctoral Scholar at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://fsu.us20.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a562102402f5ab840074a1cc5&id=573ae850f7&e=792f743b6e__;!5Xm4_O-4tfk!m-HMbM9AUlrtzKc0U-dp4YQqE1WoVD7NtIoZgc_16IXoUd7Pp3jn2B8ZsfbVXgH1tvE9Cl8$ ).

Dr. Fan is interested in understanding seismic source processes, including non-earthquake sources. With large volume seismic data and novel array processing methods, Dr. Fan has shown that large earthquakes commonly dynamically trigger M5 and above aftershocks in the near-field. The results address long-standing controversies of the relative contributions of static and dynamic triggering, and have important implications for hazard assessment in regions with complex fluid-saturated fault systems, as these processes are not considered in current earthquake and tsunami warning systems. In addition to earthquakes, Dr. Fan also works on glacial quakes, landslides and submarine landslides, and tracking storm events to investigate coupled atmosphere-ocean-solid Earth interactions.

Dr. Fan is a prolific researcher, and has published in high impact journals such as Science (https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://fsu.us20.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a562102402f5ab840074a1cc5&id=d494488a1f&e=792f743b6e__;!5Xm4_O-4tfk!m-HMbM9AUlrtzKc0U-dp4YQqE1WoVD7NtIoZgc_16IXoUd7Pp3jn2B8ZsfbVXgH1Pjkb80k$ ) and Geophysical Research Letters (https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://fsu.us20.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a562102402f5ab840074a1cc5&id=559c3eea74&e=792f743b6e__;!5Xm4_O-4tfk!m-HMbM9AUlrtzKc0U-dp4YQqE1WoVD7NtIoZgc_16IXoUd7Pp3jn2B8ZsfbVXgH1MM3wadc$ ).

Next winter, Dr. Wenyuan Fan will be part of a marine expedition that will deploy ocean bottom seismometers on a transform fault segment nearby East Pacific Rise. We will tell you everything about Dr. Fan’s expedition, research and adventures in our newsletters to come.

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Taos - New Mexico

The camp is located in a very scenic area of the Rocky Mountains where the Rio Grande Rift splits the Sangre de Christo and Brazos Mountains. Wheeler Peak (elevation 13,161 ft), the highest point in New Mexico, dominates the Taos Range and is clearly visible from our base camp near Taos. The historic community of Taos offers a unique mix of Hispanic, Native American, and Anglo cultures.

This area of the Rocky Mountains is a classic region for observing and interpreting a wide range of Earth history.
An incredibly geologically diverse landscape, experienced-enthusiastic faculty, and over 50 years of tradition teaching geosciences in the field from northern New Mexico are at the core of our Field Geology (GLY4790) course offerings at FSU.

Throughout the field course students were using a combination of traditional and modern tools and techniques to collect basic observational, structural, geophysical, and stratigraphic data in the field. In addition to traditional methods of constructing final geologic maps and cross sections students have had exposure to basic GIS & graphics software to construct final maps and cross sections for some projects.

The students had a nice little break in their schedule during a BBQ evening at Dr. Maxwell's house.
Dr. Robert W. “Bill” Maxwell Jr. attended Florida State University from 1964 to 1971, receiving a bachelor’s degree in geology in 1969 and a master’s degree in geology in 1973. He was awarded the “Graduate of Distinction” honor by the College of Arts and Sciences at Florida State in 2010.
Dr. Maxwell is one of EOAS's alumni and generously contribute to make the field camps possible.

More info on EOAS website : Geology Summer Field Camp (https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://fsu.us20.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a562102402f5ab840074a1cc5&id=4173a2c637&e=792f743b6e__;!5Xm4_O-4tfk!m-HMbM9AUlrtzKc0U-dp4YQqE1WoVD7NtIoZgc_16IXoUd7Pp3jn2B8ZsfbVXgH1X4NUZls$ )
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Last July 8^th, after 48 years at FSU Bob Broedel retired from his position as Technical research designer for the department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science.

Bob took his first course at FSU in 1966 while he was in the USAF at Eglin AFB. FSU had a "bootstrap" program at Eglin where Bob was a flight simulator specialist. After completing his service he became an engineering student at FSU while on the GI Bill. Bob started working at FSU Media Center on April 24th 1971 for a short period of time. He then worked for at the Chemistry department, then moved on to the Meteorology department which became part of the Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric in 2010.

Entering Bob’s workshop at FSU tells you how much he has done for EOAS department along his career at FSU.
Lots of books and instructions notebooks, cables, computers, devices, computers and electrical components. Professors, staff and students would come see Bob for advices, for info, for materials or just for a nice chat. And they all, always, felt welcome.

He was in charge of all the research instruments and devices panels that the faculty members and students would use for their work.

People from Meteorology, Geology, Oceanography and Environmental Science are able to fulfill their researches and collect data thanks to Bob’s liability on having their tools up and running. He was also the one in charge of site preparation.

Another example of his work is related to grants that will be allocated to EOAS’ research projects. Bob would have to produced proof of concept  prototypes for several projects so that the organizations could have a concrete idea of what the money was going to be used for as prototypes are a centerpiece for getting funding.

“It was a great job. I was learning new things the whole time and I had to keep myself updated on every new hardware or computer program. That’s how you stay motivated, expanding your knowledge and skills frequently. My relationship with FSU has been a long and wonderful one” Bob said.

Passionate by micro-computers, Bob is looking forward to working with the new Raspberry Pie-4, a single board computer developed in the United Kingdom, during retirement.

Bob will be missed at the department. EOAS people wish him a great retirement fill with happiness, best wishes on the new chapter of his life.
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EOAS graduate students receive GSA
Graduate Student Research Grants

Nevin Kozik and Daniel Govert are graduate students in the the Geology PhD and MS programs, respectively, here in EOAS, both advised by Dr. Seth Young. Recently, Nevin and Dan were awarded Graduate Student Research Grants by the Geological Society of America. The primary role of the GSA research grant program is to provide partial support of master’s and doctoral thesis research in the geological sciences for graduate students enrolled in universities in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Central America.

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Charley Fite was selected for a NASA Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology (FINESST) graduate research fellowship. The fellowship will support Charley’s research on air quality, fires, and pollution forecasting for the next three years. As part of that research, Charley will spend eight weeks in summer 2019 in the field during the NASA-NOAA FIREX-AQ aircraft campaign doing flight planning, along with other members of our group. The project will combine that aircraft data with satellite remote sensing and an atmospheric chemistry model to advance our knowledge of fires and smoke in the southeast US and beyond. Congratulations!
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GEOLOGY - Master Degree

Terryl Bandy
Environmental Controls on Organic Carbon Productivity in the Midland Basin (Dr.Owens)

Emily Benayoun
Investigation of changes in paleoceanographic redox state as a driver for early Silurian extinction events using multiple geochemical proxies in the Baltic Basin (Dr.Young)

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Humicrete in Northwest Florida: An Analysis of Formation and Characteristics (Dr.Kish)


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Jacob Carstens
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Joshuah Doane
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Jiangmei Li
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Brittany MacNamara

Shannon Shields
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Lauren Gillies Campbell
Analysis of microbial abundance, transcriptional activity and metabolic potential in the Gulf of Mexico “dead zone” reveals an ammonia-oxidizing hotspot (Dr. Mason)

Travis Drake
Carbon Biogeochemistry of Pristine and Impacted Catchments of the Congo Basin (Dr. Spencer)

Sarah Ellen Johnston
Spatial and Temporal Drivers of Arctic and Boreal Dissolved Organic Matter Composition Across Latitudinal Gradients (Dr. Spencer)

John Kaba
Fate of MC252 crude oil from the Deepwater Horizon accident in northern Gulf of Mexico permeable sandy beaches (Dr. Huettel)

Erick Olvera
Contribution of the wind and Loop Current Eddies to the circulation in the Western Gulf of Mexico (Dr. Chassignet)

Matthew Ware
The effects of beach and species management actions on the nesting and incubation environment of sea turtles in the northern Gulf of Mexico (Dr. Fuentes)

William Brian Wells
Degradation of Deepwater Horizon oil buried in beach, shelf and slope sediments of the northeastern Gulf of Mexico (Dr. Huettel)

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Rachel Petet
Impacts of microbial community structure on denitrification rates in the rhizosphere of J. roemerianus and S. alterniflora collocated in a Gulf of Mexico saltwater marsh (Dr. Mason)

Linoj Rugminiamma
Experimental and numerical investigations on source driven rotating flow in a basin with topography (Dr. Speer)

Taylor Shropshire
Estimating spatiotemporal zooplankton abundance variability in the Gulf of Mexico using a physical-biogeochemical model  (Dr. Stukel / Dr.Chassignet)

Mackellar Violich
The Deep-sea Ecosystem: Assessment of the biodiversity and abundance of deep-water fauna, in the Exuma Sound, Eleuthera, Bahamas and the Northeastern Gulf of Mexico (Grubbs)

Aquatic Environmental Science - Professional Science Master degree

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Aquatic Environmental Science - Professional Science Master degree

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