A geochemist who studies the workings of the deep earth and their influence on some of the world’s most explosive volcanoes has been awarded a $500,000 MacArthur Fellowship. Terry Plank, a researcher at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, joins novelist Junot Diaz, war correspondent David Finkel and filmmaker Natalia Almada in this year’s batch of MacArthur Fellows, who will receive $100,000 a year for five years, no strings attached. Maria Chudnovsky, a mathematician at Columbia’s Engineering School who studies the fundamentals of graph theory, also received a genius grant.
Centers, Projects & Initiatives
|Name||Title||Fields of interest|
|Jonathan Gale||Graduate Student||Remote Sensing, Coastal Geomorphology, Sedimentary Geology, Delta Dynamics, GIS|
|Tarini Bhatnagar||Graduate Student|
|Victoria E. Lee||Adjunct Associate Research Scientist||Isotope Geochemistry, Paleoclimate, Paleoceanography, Sedimentology, Geomorphology|
|Dorothy M. Peteet||Adjunct Senior Research Scientist||Paleoclimate, paleoecology, climate modeling, wetland carbon storage, palynology.|
|Cecilia M. McHugh||Adjunct Senior Research Scientist|
|Geoffrey A. Abers||Lamont Research Professor||Earthquake seismology, imaging and tectonics of active plate boundaries|
|Michael S. Steckler||Lamont Research Professor||Tectonics of Sedimentary Basins, Isostasy, Stratigraphic Modeling, Marine Geophysics|
|Margaret Reitz||Graduate Research Assistant||Structural Geology, tectonic applications of Cosmogenic Radionuclides, Forearc Basins, Sedimentology|
|Paul E. Olsen||Arthur D. Storke Memorial Professor||paleontology, stratigraphy, Evolution of continental ecosystems (climate change, mass extinctions)|
|Peter B. deMenocal||Professor||Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology|
|Nicholas Christie-Blick||Professor||Sedimentary Geology and Tectonics|
|Leonardo Seeber||Lamont Research Professor|
|Michael Kaplan||Lamont Associate Research Professor||Glacial geology, paleoclimatology, glacier and ice sheet dynamics, geomorphology, geochronology, limnogeology, cosmogenic surface exposure dating|
|Garry Karner||Adjunct Senior Research Scientist|
|Ramona Lotti||Staff Associate|
October 02, 2012
January 23, 2012
In California’s Death Valley, death is looking just a bit closer. Geologists have determined that the half-mile-wide Ubehebe Crater, formed by a prehistoric volcanic explosion, was created far more recently than previously thought—and that conditions for a sequel may exist today.
October 07, 2011
The Hudson River that explorer Henry Hudson sailed some 400 years ago had no power plants on its shores. No trains, bridges, factories or houses. Those innovations changed the river, leaving a legacy of PCBs, sewage and other pollutants. But pollution is just one way that humans have transformed the river. A small way, it turns out.
February 23, 2011
We may think of the Pacific Northwest as rain-drenched, but new research led by scientists at the University of Pittsburgh shows that the region could be in for longer dry seasons, and is unlikely to see a period as wet as the 20th century any time soon.