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Events and Seminars

Jul 26 Mon 2:00pm

PhD Thesis Defense of Mary Sabuda

An Interdisciplinary Geochemical and Genomics Approach to Understanding Fungal Selenium Transformations for the Bioremediation of Contaminated Waters


Jul 30 Fri 1:00pm

PhD Thesis Defense of Patricia Kang

The record of fluid-rock interaction in oceanic subduction zones: insights from the compositions of lawsonite-bearing eclogite, blueschist, and metsomatite

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Recent News

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!
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April 16, 2021
A newly discovered mineral has been named Priscillagrewite, in honor or Priscilla Grew, former professor in the Dept of Earth & Environmental Sciences and Director of the Minnesota Geological
deep sea bacteria in limestone

Bailey Group - Ocean Bacteria and Carbon

April 16, 2021
A study led by ESCI's own Prof. Jake Bailey and Phd Student Dalton Leprich discovered that deep-sea bacteria dissolve carbon-containing rocks, releasing excess carbon into the ocean and

Featured Research

Summer intern collecting water samples from a lake
Photo credit
Alex Waheed

Kawe Gidaa-naanaagadawendaamin Manoomin

Launched in January 2018, Kawe Gidaa-naanaagadawendaamin Manoomin (First We Must Consider Manoomin/Psin) is a collaboration among tribes, intertribal treaty organizations, and University of Minnesota faculty, staff, and students, that prioritizes tribal views on the cultural significance and ecology of Manoomin / Psiη (Wild Rice), and the policies related to it.

Manoomin/psiη (wild rice) is a sacred plant for Native peoples throughout the Great Lakes region. Unfortunately, Manoomin has been declining due to multiple environmental stressors. Native people who have lived with manoomin / psiη for generations understand this intimately, but tribal views, concerns, and treaty rights have not been adequately incorporated into natural resources policies. Protecting tribal resource sovereignty demands a culturally responsible, whole ecosystem approach to environmental stewardship.

(photo: Summer intern from University of Wisconsin-Osh Kosh, Trinaty Calwell, collecting water samples.)