Wooster’s Team Utah 2020: Final Day in the Field (Alas)

Hurricane, Utah — Last night we made the sad decision to leave for home as soon as possible because of the CORVID-19 pandemic. The College has mandated no more in-person teaching, and we don’t want our flight plans to be … Continue reading
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Wooster’s Team Utah 2020: On a Jurassic Tidal Flat

Hurricane, Utah — Our second day was devoted to measuring, describing and sampling Will’s stromatolite-bearing rocks in the lower half of the Co-op Creek Limestone Member of the Carmel Formation. This locality is only a couple of hundred meters west … Continue reading
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Wooster’s Team Utah 2020: Field Geology in a Time of Plague

Hurricane, Utah — This is Team Utah 2020 at Gunlock Reservoir in the far southwestern corner of beautiful Utah. Starting on the left is Juda Culp (’21), Will Santella (’21), Dr. Shelley Judge (our ace structural geologist and tectonicist), and … Continue reading
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Meeting 100+ years of experience in nonlinear dynamics

I met two scientists for my BZ-history project with a combined age of 177 years. It was a great pleasure and honor to talk to them.
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Petroleum Experts Inc. Donates MOVE Suite to Wooster Once Again!!

Wooster, Ohio — The Department of Earth Sciences is pleased to announce that Petroleum Experts Inc. recently donated ten licenses of their MOVE suite software package to be used for educational and training purposes.  This is the second year in … Continue reading
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New Paper: Synoptic Climatology of Rain-on-Snow Events in Alaska

Back in 2018, some internal sophomore research funding through the College of Wooster allowed me to hire Anna Cooke (’20) to begin an investigation into rain-on-snow events in Alaska. Rain-on-snow is exactly what it sounds like: rain falling on top of … Continue reading
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The Tall Towers

In 1945, science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke published “Extra-Terrestrial Relays – Can Rocket Stations Give Worldwide Radio Coverage?” in Wireless World magazine. Clarke calculated a special orbit, about 36 000 km above the equator with a period of one … Continue reading
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Hiking to conference

Last weekend, I attended a conference in Germany. I used the opportunity during my sabbatical to return to this conference series, which I attended the last time in 2002. The conference takes place in a small village in the Harz, … Continue reading
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New paper: “Chemical composition of carbonate hardground cements as reconstructive tools for Phanerozoic pore fluids”

My friend Paul Taylor and I are junior authors on a paper that has just appeared in the journal Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems (“G-Cubed”) as an in press accepted manuscript. We’ll be the first to admit that it is a bit … Continue reading
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Posts from Antarctica: The Season in Numbers

Greetings from McMurdo once again! After many delays and a lot of worry about whether we’d have time to complete our science goals, we have returned with lots of great data and plans for future work. If the weather holds, … Continue reading
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