[Eoas-seminar] December/January EOAS Newsletter

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Florida State University
Department of Earth Ocean and Atmospheric Science


Meteorology News

Faculty members Dr. Allison Wing and Dr. Christopher Holmes attended the American Geophysical Union (AGU) fall meeting in Washington, DC in December. Dr. Wing convened and chaired a session on "Insights on Clouds, Convection, and Climate Sensitivity from Idealized Modeling Studies". She presented a poster (with contributions from graduate student Catherine Stauffer) on RCEMIP. Dr. Wing spoke in the Town Hall on Process Understanding and Climate Extremes Analysis for CMIP6. Dr. Wing co-authored a poster presentation by Dr. Yumin Moon on "Satellite- and reanalysis-based process-oriented diagnostics of tropical cyclones and its applications to high-resolution GCM simulations" and an oral presentation by Dr. Suzana Camargo on "How strong is the relationship between the large-scale environment and tropical cyclone climatology in climate models?"

Dr. Christopher Holmes gave a talk titled “Remote sensing of fire-drought relationships in a prescribed fire landscape: global insights from Florida government records” at AGU. The work, which is a collaboration with Dr. Holly Nowell, shows that Florida’s prescribed fire policies are helping to reduce the risk of wildfire statewide and also suggest ways to improve fire detections from satellites globally.

Two faculty, six graduate students and seven undergraduate students presented at  the 2019 American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting in Arizona this month. Alumni and many more EOAS students were also in attendance

FSU EOAS AMS attendees
Jake Carstens, Meteorology graduate student
Poster presentation on "Tropical cyclogenesis from self-aggregated convection in idealized numerical simulations"

Oceanography News

FSU oceanography professor receives prestigious early career award
Florida State University News
By: Zachary Boehm | Published: January 4, 2019
Florida State University Associate Professor of Oceanography Robert Spencer has received the Yentsch-Schindler Early Career Award from the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography for his significant contributions to our understanding of global biogeochemical processes.

The annual award, initiated by ASLO in 2012, honors early career aquatic scientists who have made outstanding contributions to research, science training and broader issues such as resource management, conservation, policy and public education.

Spencer arrived at Florida State’s Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science in 2014 after serving as an assistant and associate scientist at the Woods Hole Research Center in Massachusetts. He received his doctorate in biogeochemistry from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 2006.

“I’m extremely honored to receive such a prestigious award and sincerely appreciate all the support from my colleagues both at FSU and throughout the world without whom this would not have been possible,” Spencer said.

Spencer investigates the production, fate and transport of organic matter through terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments. Using advanced organic matter characterization techniques, he’s conducted critical research in some of the world’s most isolated areas — from examining organic carbon released by glacial melting and permafrost thaw to exploring the effects of land conversion on carbon export in watersheds like the Amazon and Congo. His work has helped clarify the influence of human activity on these important biogeochemical processes.

Spencer has published more than 100 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, which have amassed more than 6,300 citations to date.

Beyond his accomplishments as an intrepid and prolific researcher, Spencer was honored for his dedication to teaching and mentorship. He has engaged in countless international collaborations and often provides unique opportunities for students to conduct research abroad.

“The scope of Rob Spencer’s accomplishments is impressive, especially for someone so early in his career,” said ASLO President Michael Pace. “In addition to all that he has achieved in the field and classroom, Rob is an active member of several scientific societies, including ASLO. His service to ASLO was recognized last year when he was named an ASLO Fellow. We are pleased to honor his research on organic matter this year with the Yentsch-Schindler award.”

Founded in 1936, ASLO is the leading professional organization for researchers and educators in the field of aquatic science. The organization, which has a global membership of more than 4,000, seeks to foster a diverse international scientific community, create and communicate knowledge across the spectrum of aquatic sciences, advance public awareness and education and promote scientific stewardship of aquatic resources.

Environmental Science News

The Big Bend/Leon Association of Science Teachers (BLAST) awarded their Seed Pearl Award to Nancy Navarez- Garcia, one of three first year teachers in Leon County - all graduates of the FSU-Teach program!


On April 17, 2018, Nancy Narvaez-Garcia (Fairview Middle School science teacher) was recognized as an outstanding science teacher in her first five years of teaching. Congratulations to this rising star in secondary STEM education!

Membership in BLAST is open to all K-20 formal, informal, public and private science educators and any individuals, businesses, and organizations with interests related to science teaching. Learn more at blastscience.org<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__r20.rs6.net_tn.jsp-3Ff-3D0017IP8JsEK3ojGCG1-2DUSnUFA3MyuaoF2rkHmFUNAdvWvLu2VKAAE0VGtSAiWVQjrJDyc9wdgcIGeDtMzmRkFiGwX7M3uESx9hp-2D5bHTMPg-5F-2DCnhHMwSEjkymBo20nWTgi9S-5FrqO62VkqFWc76fFs2OGyaVpGqO7l2W8JHls55I5og-3D-26c-3DxUXVuD2OQDXxdaYeRk83OB3jCTgJ2dipzqfq-5F-5Fk67z8iG0QOZ3b32w-3D-3D-26ch-3DtpAz9tvchs6bf-5FLbiuhclloOLyjvvF6ElhXIrwQJlOZhmstUfwN19w-3D-3D&d=DwMFaQ&c=HPMtquzZjKY31rtkyGRFnQ&r=f3vF9puG19Vp6J22AzE4rw&m=lWUD4Zv9Da8vaCKxeLwB3W-d_Q_sE1SCBmuLcIOJ7Pw&s=-bP3bkMOYnzZigdMNfyq0Yl68bsSa7KI7uFdXjo6_uQ&e=>.

Congratulations to Hannah Acree who completed her apprentice teaching and graduated in the spring semester. She spent the spring 2018 semester planning, teaching, and reflecting on student-centered instruction in a Leon County School and is entering the first phase of a career of life-long learning. She is already excelling in the classroom and enjoying helping students learn.

Geology News

Jeremy Owens, Seth Young and four graduate students (Chelsie Bowman, Nevin Kozik, Sean Newby, Terryl Bandy) from the Geology research groups attended the international conference Geological Society of America Meeting held in Indianapolis, IN. Both professors and graduate students presented posters and gave talks in various sessions on their latest research being carried out at FSU and the NHMFL. [https://gallery.mailchimp.com/dc9756437f6ae2a0572dfad0c/images/9f2f805c-6ddc-4f30-890f-e3425d2206bd.jpg] Presentations by EOAS graduate students and faculty ranged from biogeochemical studies of ancient oceanic and environmental conditions surrounding major mass extinction events in the Late Ordovician and Late Permian that help to provide insights into causal factors for these major events in Earth history. Additional EOAS presentations included paleoceanographic and environmental insights into extinction events in the Silurian period, as well as understanding redox conditions in an interior seaway of North America during the Late Paleozoic icehouse. These presentations at GSA by EOAS faculty and students highlight the cutting edge deep-time biogeochemical research being done FSU and the NHMFL that are attempting to unravel the evolution Earth’s long-term oxygen and carbon cycles and how they have influenced climate and biology through time.

Notable Achievements

  *   Remeisha Shade is now the weekend meteorologist at WEWS-TV in Cleveland, OH.
  *   Tyler Allender is the weekend meteorologist at WJHL-TV, Johnson City, TN.
  *   Kate Nagel is the morning meteorologist at WCHS-TV , Charleston, WV.
  *   Steve Morey, Ph.D Oceanography 1999, just became director of a marine environmental laboratory at FAMU.
  *   Ada Monzon, FSU EOAS alumni, received The Award for Broadcast Meteorology at the AMS Annual Meeting. Ada works at WIPR in San Juan, Puerto Rico and was there when Hurricane Maria impacted the island in 2017.
  *   Dr. Rhys Parfitt is the new Assistant Professor in both meteorology and oceanography. He has a broad interest in large-scale climate variability on all timescales. Some examples of research projects include the influence of the ocean on mid-to-high latitude extreme weather, drivers and mechanisms of high Greenland melting events, and using tree-ring data to examine past climate variability. He uses a combination of observational datasets and high-resolution coupled modelling to analyze underlying mechanisms of any particular interaction. More information can be found at: myweb.fsu.edu/rparfitt<http://myweb.fsu.edu/rparfitt>.
Dr. Rhys Parfitt

2018 Fall EOAS Graduates

Brett Holdaway MS

Tristyn Bercel MS (continuing on as Ph.D with Sven Kranz)
Tachanat Bhatrasataponkul Ph.D
Xu Chen Ph.D

Federico DiCatarina Ph.D
John Steffen recently defended his dissertation and will officially receive his degree in the Spring

Environmental Science
Carlos Alvarado
Bradley Atkinson
Alex Broussard
Cori Calyniuk
Joshua Curtis
Elizabeth Fugate
Kathryn Lebow
Emily Orstad
Cassidy Payne
Dalton Pelt
Diego Sanchez
Alivia Schnoering
Emily Staruch
Brandon Stys
Tristen Vaughan

Megan Barry
Carl Bates
Alyssa Carl
Alize Delgado
Aaron Diaz
Joelle DiGioia
Jessica Hein
Johnny Iturralde
Miranda Johnson
Cassidy Kearney
Daniel Marschall
Kristabel Moore
Giovanni Moretti
Breanna Muszynski
Alana Powell
Madison Russell
Maureen Ryan
Emily Westmark

EOAS In the News
Put the sunshine into the Sunshine State | Opinion<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.tallahassee.com_story_opinion_2019_01_03_put-2Dsunshine-2Dinto-2Dsunshine-2Dstate-2Dopinion_2472111002_&d=DwMFaQ&c=HPMtquzZjKY31rtkyGRFnQ&r=KY6UPnUhl-_xM1lPsgONBA&m=UAV-QMeJR0CRcXpJmu0H0HPanzsBMWKHkr93avCHCWs&s=CzLZknQxPm3c132qltODb0gWmnydg3Bs7u5X_y85Ht0&e=>

Research reveals ‘fundamental finding’ about Earth’s outer core<https://news.fsu.edu/news/science-technology/2018/12/20/research-reveals-fundamental-finding-about-earths-outer-core/>

FSU oceanography professor receives prestigious early career award<https://news.fsu.edu/news/science-technology/2019/01/04/fsu-oceanography-professor-receives-prestigious-early-career-award/>

For these critically endangered marine turtles, climate change could be a knockout blow<https://news.fsu.edu/news/science-technology/2018/12/17/for-these-critically-endangered-marine-turtles-climate-change-could-be-a-knockout-blow/>

Toy boats, Arctic ice and a science outreach success<https://news.fsu.edu/news/science-technology/2018/12/04/toy-boats-arctic-ice-and-a-science-outreach-success/>

Faculty Spotlight: Amy Baco-Taylor, Associate Professor of Oceanography<https://artsandsciences.fsu.edu/article/faculty-spotlight-amy-baco-taylor-associate-professor-oceanography?fbclid=IwAR1a1GDASjFGyrZ4m1zSecLFWsVZiO9t-Qc6ACOmUTWNdlgLty4qJUc4gyw>

Student Spotlight: Barry Walton<https://artsandsciences.fsu.edu/article/student-spotlight-barry-walton?fbclid=IwAR1-vd816FEeYn9_QH4FlrmJSJT9KKx1y0ckyiCXTuHdeMFFnjWcCWs52dM>

Do you have research or notable achievements you would like to share?
Please email Audra Peoples<http://apeoples@fsu.edu>, Outreach Coordinator for FSU EOAS, with anything you would like featured.


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