marble from quarry in Jordan
Faculty News


Posted 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 Survey from 1986-1993.

deep sea bacteria in limestone
Faculty News, Student News

Bailey Group - Ocean Bacteria and Carbon

Posted 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 atmosphere.

photo of the 2019 student research symposium
Honors/Awards, Student News

2021 Student Symposium Best Talk & Best Poster Winners

Posted April 8, 2021

Congratulations to the winners for Best Talk and Best Poster at the 2021 Student Research Symposium.

Image of a Planet with stardust
Faculty News

Marc Hirschmann - Carbon and Life

Posted April 7, 2021

How did Earth get just the right amount of carbon to sustain life? New studies by UMN Earth Sciences professor Marc Hirschmann and colleagues provide new pieces to this puzzle by showing carbon must have come from interstellar space and that most of it was lost very early in planetary formation.

Grad student Evan Whiting with binoculars in Florida
Honors/Awards, Student News

Evan Whiting - Bell Museum Award

Posted March 30, 2021

Congratulations to PhD candidate, Evan Whiting, for receiving the Bell Museum's Natural History Award.

photo of Prof Emeritus Roger LeB Hooke
In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Professor Emeritus Roger LeB Hooke, 1939-2021

Posted March 26, 2021

It is with great sadness to note the passing of Roger Hooke, a faculty member in geomorphology and glaciology in our department from 1965 until his retirement in 1998.

photo of grad student Max van Wyk de Vries
Honors/Awards, Student News

Max van Wyk de Vries AGU Award

Posted March 26, 2021

PhD student Max Van Wyk De Vries (advisors: Andy Wickert, Emi Ito) has been recognized by the American Geophysical Union as a top student presenter at the 2020 Fall Meeting.

Peter Kang photo for news
Faculty News

Peter Kang, UMN McKnight Land-Grant Professorship

Posted March 26, 2021

Congratulations to Peter Kang on being awarded a UMN McKnight Land-Grant Professorship.

photo of Prof. Emeritus Olaf Pfannkuch
In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Professor Emeritus H. Olaf Pfannkuch, 1932-2020

Posted March 25, 2021

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Prof. Hans Olaf Pfannkuch on November 19, 2020, 5 days short of his 88th birthday.

cropped Prof Emeritus Herb Wright
In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Herb Wright, 1917-2015

Posted March 24, 2021

Herbert E. Wright, Jr. Regents Professor Emeritus of Geology, Ecology, and Botany died at his home the afternoon of Thursday, November 12, 2015. Herb had celebrated his 98th birthday on September 13.