The College of Law and EOAS are offering a new joint-degree program in Law and Aquatic Environmental Science, J.D./M.A.E.S., which will permit students to complete both degree programs concurrently. Environmental Science students The interdisciplinary nature of the program will help students gain an edge in a competitive job market in which creative and analytical thinking and cross-disciplinary skills are at a premium.
Dr. Olivia Mason found that bacteria in the Gulf of Mexico consumed many of the toxic components of the oil released during the Deepwater Horizon spill, but not the most toxic contaminants.
In two new studies conducted in a deep sea plume, Dr. Mason found that the most toxic contaminants, called polycydic aromatic hydrocarbons, can persist for a long time, particularly if they are buried in the ocean floor.
Allie Brannan, a senior meteorology student, was selected for NASA’s Student Airborne Research Program (SARP). Allie flew onboard a NASA DC-8, collecting data using airborne instruments such as AVOCET, an in-situ measurement of atmospheric carbon dioxide. Students were competitively selected based on their outstanding academic performance, future career plans, and interest in the Earth System Science.
The Planetary Science Research Discoveries website recently posted an article about EOAS Professor Dr. Munir Humayun’s work on dating the ages of a Martian meteorite. Isotopic dating of Martian meteorites is complicated by weathering on both Mars and Earth and the shock-heating associated with blasting rocks off Mars and during the long history of impact bombardment of the Martian crust.
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