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Events and Seminars

Sep 22 Wed 12:10pm

HRL/JEDI Seminars

Hybrid - Tate 401-20 and virtually via Zoom.

Max Bezada, Assistant Professor, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences
Lithospheric Divots, what are they, and why do they exist?

Sep 23 Thu 4:00pm

Department Seminar Series

Virtual via Zoom.

Earth & Environmental Sciences StaffUniversity of Minnesota, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences
Meet the ESCI Staff

Oct 12 Tue 10:00am

Recent News

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Dundee under ice: a view of Tayside during the ice age

September 13, 2021
PhD candidate works with animators in Scotland to produce a short film about Dundee's glacial past.
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Research Opportunities in Rock Deformation (R.O.R.D.)

September 10, 2021
A new Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program is now being offered in Earth and Environmental Sciences. This is a distributed REU in that students apply for a summer internship and then
grad student Viktor Radermacher with dinosaur casts

Viktor Radermacher - dinosaur study

July 7, 2021
Ph.D. student Viktor Radermacher is lead author of a new study using a newly discovered Heterodontosaurus fossil that shows all dinosaurs did not breathe in the same way.
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Geomicrobiology Student Project: The importance of science communication

June 3, 2021
In collaboration with the Bell Museum, Associate Professor Cara Santelli incorporated science communication in her Geomicrobiology course, the study of how microbes influence the planet past, present
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Crystal Ng - Community Engagement Award

May 7, 2021
Congratulations to Associate Professor Crystal Ng for receiving the 2021 President's Community-Engaged Scholar Award!
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Maddy Nyblade

May 6, 2021
Congratulations to PhD student Maddy Nyblade on receiving a 2021 President's Student Leadership and Service Award for her antiracism work in the department and beyond!

JEDI Conversations

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Jabari Jones

PhD Candidate, Jabari Jones, publishes editorial in journal AGU Advances


Jabari Jones, Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences and St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, studies how climate and land-use change affect river systems, critically evaluates the efficacy and value of field education in the geosciences, and links social and physical systems through research into environmental justice. A Minneapolis native, Jabari returned to his home city after completing his undergraduate studies in geology at Carleton College, research linking fluvial geomorphology and fish habitat with the US Geological Survey, and M.S. in watershed science from Utah State University. Jabari's vision for interdisciplinary geoscientific research with tangible impacts aligns strongly with his volunteerism and efforts towards community engagement, and these together orient both the broad topical span and focused ethos of his continuing Ph.D. work.

Introduction by Jabari Jones

After the murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, organizations across the US decided to address racism and bias more seriously than they ever had before. They published statements, developed programming around diversity, equity, and inclusion, and pledged resources to redress existing inequity. One of the most consistent calls was to elevate and center the voices of people of color, and this article is my attempt to add my voice to the conversation. Following May 25, I plunged into activism and volunteering even as I saw the city that I call home literally burning around me. And I learned a great deal living the duality of an academic life and a life fighting for justice in the streets. There’s much work to be done to generate a more equitable world, and it won’t be easy. But we have to stay committed to that hard work and hard conversations if we truly want to produce a science and a society that is more just and equitable.