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Stormquakes: a newly identified coupling of the atmosphere, ocean and solid Earth

Dr. Wenuyan Fan from the department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science at FSU and coauthors discovered a new geophysical phenomenon that they named “stormquakes”. It involves the coupling of the atmosphere-ocean and solid Earth.


COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH: Quantifying the effects of variable light and iron on the nitrate assimilation isotope effect of phytoplankton

From October 11th to November 28th 2019, Dr. Kranz and graduate student Rachel Thomas, both from the department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science, will be on a research cruise in the Southern Ocean.

The collaborative project received $1.08 million from the National Science foundation (award #1851113 and # 1850925) to conduct the proposed laboratory and field research.


FSU associate member of the winning consortium Gulf-Caribbean Oceanographic for a new NSF Regional Class Research Vessel

FSU is one of the 15 high-power oceanographic institutions across the U.S. southern tier and Caribbean member of the Gulf-Caribbean Oceanographic consortium.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) and the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) led the Gulf-Caribbean Oceanographic consortium to work on the proposal to the National Science Foundation for the operation of a new research ship.


Kīlauea lava fuels phytoplankton bloom off Hawai‘i Island

Dr. Angela Knapp, Oceanography professor for the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science at FSU was part of a multiuniversity research team that revealed that this biological response hinged on unexpectedly high concentrations of nitrate, despite the negligible amount of nitrogen in basaltic lava. The research team determined that nitrate was brought to the surface ocean when heat from the substantial input of lava into the ocean warmed nutrient-rich deep waters and caused them to rise up, supplying the sunlit layer with nutrients.


Oxygen depletion in ancient oceans caused major mass extinction – FSU EOAS Geology

Oxygen depletion in ancient oceans caused major mass extinction – FSU EOAS Geology

“Around 420 million years ago, a devastating mass extinction event wiped 23 percent of all marine animals from the face of the planet. For years, scientists struggled to connect a mechanism to this mass extinction.

Geology Assistant professors Seth Young and Jeremy Owens and graduate student Chelsie Bowman from Florida State University‘s Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Science at FSU, part of the FSU College of Arts & Sciences, are now confirming what triggered this event.

Their study, published today in the journal Geology, resolves a longstanding paleoclimate mystery, and raises urgent concerns about the ruinous fate that could befall our modern oceans if well-established trends of deoxygenation persist and accelerate.”

GFA International drilling deep scientific monitoring wells on the south side of EOAS New Building

One well will contain instrumentation used to measure turbidity, dissolved oxygen, conductivity, pH, oxidation-reduction potential, and depth to the water table in the Floridan Aquifer beneath campus. .


Geology Professor at FSU-EOAS Dr.Ye offered a training workshop at FDEP

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection hosted Dr. Ming Ye (FSU-EOAS Geology) workshop on ArcNLET software training.


Notable accomplishments – EOAS Meteorology Students

Meteorology students Kelly Graham and Axhelo Agastra were selected for competitive and prestigious national programs in June 2019. CONGRATULATIONS!!


Mosaic September 2019: The largest Central Arctic expedition ever

The Expedition, 

In September 2019 the German research ice-breaker Polarstern will host 600 experts and researchers coming from 17 nations to make observations about the atmosphere-ice-ocean system that impacts the sea-ice mass and energy budget in the Arctic Ocean. The ship will be moored to a large ice floe and allowed to freeze-in for an entire year. The scientists will establish an ice camp around the ship to deploy sensors and collect samples throughout the next 12 months.

This extraordinary expedition is run by Mosaic International Arctic Drift Expedition organization.


EOAS graduate students receive GSA Graduate Student Research Grants

Nevin Kozik and Daniel Govert are graduate students in the the Geology PhD and MS programs, respectively, here in EOAS, both advised by Dr. Seth Young. Recently, Nevin and Dan were awarded Graduate Student Research Grants by the Geological Society of America. The primary role of the GSA research grant program is to provide partial support of master’s and doctoral thesis research in the geological sciences for graduate students enrolled in universities in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Central America.


EOAS undergrad receives honorable mention from the Dwornik Award

Steffanie Sillitoe-Kukas received honorable mention from the Dwornik Award for best undergraduate poster presented at the Lunar & Planetary Science Conference in Houston (2019). The Dwornik Award is presented annually to best student presentations by the Planetary Science Division of the Geological Society of America to encourage students to become involved with NASA and planetary science activities. There were 128 students who competed for the award in 2019. The complete list of 2019 winners is at:Dwornik Award – Planetary Geology Division .

EOAS Graduates a Passel of PhD’s at the 2019 Commencement Ceremony.


Pictured here are students hooded at the May 2019 Commencement Ceremony, their major professors and Department Representative Alison Wing (in grey, back row right). Students, front row from left to right are: Matthew Ward (hooded by Mariana Fuentes, not shown), Lauren Gillies Campbell, (hooded by Dr. Olivia Mason (back row 2nd from left), Sarah Ellen Johnston, (hooded by Dr. Rob Spencer, back row middle), Brian Wells, John Kaba and Alireza Merikhi, (hooded by Dr. Markus Huettel (back row 4th from left), Ruikai Yan (hooded by Dr. Ming Cai, back row, right) and Mengtao Yin (a graduate of Dr. Guosheng Liu, hooded by Dr. Ming Cai).

EOAS postdoc, Dr. Anders Lindskog, awarded the Jan Bergström Young Geoscientist Award 2018

Anders Lindskog, EOAS postdoctoral fellow, has been selected for the Geological Society of Sweden Jan Bergström Young Geoscientist Award for 2018. This prestigious early career award is given annually to a geoscientist at the beginning of their career who through original research (peer-reviewed publications) has made significant contributions to the Earth Sciences. Anders received his PhD in geology from Lund University, Sweden in the spring of 2017.

Dr. Allison Wing – Rooting out the errors in storm simulation models

On the eve of every hurricane season, climatologists around the world offer their studied prognostications: Will we see high activity? Low activity? How will ocean temperature affect storm development? What are the chances of a powerful storm making landfall?

Scientists have leveraged improved climate models to simulate tropical cyclone behavior with an ever-increasing degree of accuracy, but basic modeling errors continue to limit the reliability of their forecasts.

Now, researchers from Florida State University, Columbia University and the University of Washington are working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to root out those nagging errors. With the support of a $500,000 grant from the NOAA Research, Modeling, Analysis, Predictions and Projections Program (MAPP), the team will develop diagnostic tools to identify the hidden biases that compromise high-powered climate models.

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FSU Grad Ada Monzon wins 2019 AMS Award for Broadcast Meteorology

Ada Monzon, who earned an MS degree with Dr. Sharon Nicholson, is the 2019 winner of the AMS Award for Broadcast Meteorology for her long-term commitment to informing, educating, and inspiring resiliency in the people of Puerto Rico before, during, and after extreme events like Hurricane Maria.

Ms. Monzon won the AMS Joanne Simpson Mentorship Award in 2016 and was elected an AMS Fellow in 2013.