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Wilbur W. Mayhew Endowed Chair in Geo-Ecology
Marilyn Fogel, a professor of Earth Sciences, was appointed the inaugural holder of the Wilbur W. Mayhew Endowed Chair in Geo-Ecology at a Nov. 30 symposium and naming ceremony at the Alumni & Visitors Center. The symposium included remarks from Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox, CNAS Dean Kathryn Uhrich, David Oglesby, chair of the…
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EDGE Institute's Graduate Interdisciplinary Research Symposium
On Friday May 5th, the EDGE Institute hosted It’s first event since Dr. Marilyn Fogel was named EDGE director. The 2017 EDGE Student Graduate Symposium featured keynote guest speaker Jan Amend, Professor at the University of Southern California and the Director of the NSF Science and Technology Center for Dark Energy Biosphere…
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Ecosystems
Whendee Silver, UC Berkeley Grasslands cover approximately 30% of the terrestrial land surface and 50% of the land area in California. This large land area and the propensity of grassland vegetation to store carbon (C) in soils suggest thateven low rates of C sequestration could result in a significant sink of atmospheric CO2. In…
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Islands as Models for Understanding Human-Environment Interactions
Peter Vitousek, Stanford University Oceanic islands like the Hawaiian Archipelago have long been recognized in biology as model systems for understanding evolution and speciation, and more recently as models for understanding ecosystem structure and functioning.  Other communities have studied the adaptive radiation of human…
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Global Warming 36 Million Years Ago: What It Means for Us
Scott Wing, Smithsonian Institution Scott Wing, curator of fossil plants in the Department of Paleobiology at the National Museum of Natural History (part of the Smithsonian Institution) uses fossil plants to reconstruct past climates and local environments. His lecture analyzes what past global warming means for our changing…
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Curiosity's Mission of Exploration at Gale Crater, Mars
John Grotzinger, Cal Tech John Grotzinger, Fletcher Jones Professor of Geology, has been involved in several planetary missions. He is currently the lead scientist for the Mars Science Laboratory mission that launched the Mars Curiosity Rover in 2011. He is also a participating scientist for the Mars Exploration Rovers and for…
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How Fracking Impacts Our Water: The Pennsylvania Experience
Sue Brantley, Pennsylvania State University Fracking, the hydraulic fracturing technology by which shale rocks are fractured by a pressurized liquid to release oil and natural gas, is controversial with proponents citing an increase in domestic oil production and lower gas prices, and opponents voicing environmental concerns and…
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What's for Dinner? Molecular Signatures of Plants, Animals, and Water in Early Human Habitats
Kate Freeman, Pennsylvania State University Kate Freeman, a geoscientist renowned for her research in organic geochemistry, isotopic biogeochemistry, paleoclimate, and astrobiology gave an EDGE lecture that highlighted the detective work needed to understand biomarker and isotope signals of plants and water in the past, and what…
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