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In Memoriam Ya (Phil) Hsueh, March 19, 1936 – October 18, 2020

Ya (Phil) Hsueh
March 19, 1936 – October 18, 2020

Ya Hsueh was born on March 19, 1936 in Wuxi, China, and passed away on Sunday October 18, 2020 in Tallahassee, Florida at the age of 84. He was married in 1964 and is survived by his wife, Amy, and his sons Gary and Michael. He graduated from National Taiwan University and then emigrated to the US in 1958. In June 1965 he received his doctorate degree from Johns Hopkins University. After completing post-doctorate studies at the University of Washington,he served as a professor of oceanography at Florida State University from 1968, conducting research and teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels. In 1979, he was
chosen as one of five scientists to participate in the revival of oceanography in the newly reopened People’s Republic of China. This work began a decades long scientific partnership between the US & China involving studies of the East China Sea. He retired in June 2003 and was named Professor Emeritus in recognition of meritorious services to the University and on recommendation of the Faculty of the College of Arts & Sciences.


In Memoriam Katherine Payne Gooding

“We are saddened and shocked by the sudden passing of Katherine Payne Gooding. Katherine was a senior majoring in meteorology in the department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science. Although she transferred to Florida State from the US Naval Academy in the Spring of 2020, she was on track to graduate in the Spring of 2021. We offer our condolences and deepest sympathy to her family, her friends and the FSU/EOAS community. She will be remembered by her professors and classmates for her kindness and bright smile. We are mourning her loss and will miss her.”
Vincent Salters

John W. (Jack) Winchester, 1929-2020.

Jack Winchester’s scientific career started with becoming an undergraduate student majoring in chemistry at the University of Chicago in 1947 and obtaining a Baccalaureate degree in 1950 and a Masters degree in 1952. He moved on to MIT for a PhD in nuclear chemistry which he received in 1955. MIT was at the forefront of nuclear chemistry and had, and still has, its own nuclear reactor right in Cambridge. During his PhD he attracted the attention of Pat Hurley, a professor in the Geology and Geophysics department at MIT and Hurley promised Jack a faculty position. (more…)

FAMU partnering with FSU and others on predatory bacteria research

Associate professor Michael Stukel and assistant professor Sven Kranz, from Florida State University’s Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science, are part of a multi-institutional team, led by Florida A&M University and including Virginia Union University and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, investigating predatory microorganisms through a new National Science Foundation grant.


Jonathan Marcus, FSU-EOAS student receives prestigious Hollings Scholarship

Rising junior Jonathan Marcus is the latest Florida State University student to receive an Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The nationally competitive scholarship includes up to $19,000 of academic assistance over two years and a 10-week, paid summer internship with NOAA.

FSU researcher detects unknown submarine landslides

A Florida State University researcher has used new detection methods to identify 85 previously unknown submarine landslides that occurred in the Gulf of Mexico between 2008 and 2015, leading to questions about the stability of oil rigs and other structures, such as pipelines built in the region.

‘Hurricanes from scratch’: FSU researchers find even small disturbances can trigger catastrophic storms

You’ve probably seen the satellite images that show a hurricane developing: thick white clouds clumping together, arms spinning around a central eye as it heads for the coast.

In memorium – Stephen A. Kish, FSU-EOAS geology professor

The department is saddened by the passing of professor Stephen Kish. Long time colleague professor Jim Tull wrote the following remembrance:


When the Deepwater Horizon oil rig suffered a blowout in 2010 and began spilling oil into the Gulf of Mexico, scientists got to work understanding the effects of that disaster.


FSU-EOAS Students’ success stories

Mia Nowotarski and Kristie Dick, former and current Florida State University students in the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science, are the recent recipients of prestigious awards.

Dr. Sharon Nicholson named 2020-2021 Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor

A Florida State University professor whose work has been fundamental in understanding the climate of Africa has been named the university’s 2020-2021 Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor.

Sharon Nicholson, a meteorologist with the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science, has been recognized by FSU faculty members with the highest honor they can bestow upon one of their own.

Meteorology professor attends an international field campaign

It’s a fact: no one likes to hear that “you’ll never get anything done if you keep your head in the clouds”. Well, cheer up cloudy heads! Today we crash that old sayin’.
Let’s keep our “heads in the clouds” and feel good about it….


FSU technology to monitor ocean currents licensed to Canadian data company

FSU researcher Nico Wienders developed a new type of drifter to monitor the ocean current. The technology has been licensed by a Canadian data company.

EOAS meteorology student Spotlight: Madilynn Seiler

Madilynn Seiler is an undergraduate meteorology student in the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science, part of the College of Arts and Sciences.
Learn more about her achievements and contributions to FSU.

The state-of-the-art Streckeisen STS-5A seismometer is now installed outside of EOAS’ building

A couple of weeks ago, the Streckeisen STS-5A seismometer given to the FSU-EOAS department by Dr. Bob Hutt was set up on the South side of the new building.
This state-of-the-art apparatus constitutes an advanced instrumentation technology for global seismological research.


EOAS meteorology faculty spotlight: Allison Wing interviewed by the FSU Research Computing Center

Check out FSU Research Computing Center’s article. Meet Assistant Professor in Meteorology Allison Wing and learn about how she conducts research around hurricane simulations using FSU ITS computing resources.

FSU Research: Hidden source of carbon found at the Arctic coast

A previously unknown and significant source of carbon just discovered in the Arctic has scientists both marveling at a once overlooked contributor to local coastal ecosystems and concerned about what it may mean in an era of climate change.

Beneath the Ice: FSU researchers find newly uncovered Arctic landscape plays important role in carbon cycle

As the ice sheet covering most of Greenland retreats, Florida State University researchers are studying the newly revealed landscape to understand its role in the carbon cycle.

FSU-EOAS student wins award at the AMS annual meeting

Last January, Anxhelo Agastra, meteorology student for the department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science at FSU got a poster awarded at the 19th American Meteorological Society Annual Student Conference in Boston.


FSU cuts ribbon on EOAS building

Florida State University marked the official opening of its state-of-the-art Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science Building and paid tribute to one of the university’s former presidents during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday.

EOAS scientist Nico Wienders featured in FSU RCC’s article

Check out FSU Research Computing Center’s article about how Nico Wienders and his colleagues are using RCC’s Hight Performance Computing Cluster (HPC) to study about the Gulf Stream separation from the American Coast.

2020 FSU-EOAS Meteorology reception at the AMS Centennial

The 2020 FSU-EOAS Meteorology reception will be held in Boston next Monday, January 13th at the AMS Annual Meeting.

Discovering the Namib Sand Sea with Professor Nicholson – A research trip

Dr. Sharon Nicholson, Meteorology professor for the FSU Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science has been spending the last two months at the Gobabeb Research and Training Center in Namibia, supported by a Fulbright Global Scholar Fellowship.

Meeting with Dr. Vincent Salters: Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science Department Chair

On August 8th, 2019, Dr. Vincent J.M. Salters became EOAS department new Chair.
“Research is the key for the department’s reputation, presenting an outstanding department to the outside world on how EOAS performs its research. To teach the students right, it is necessary for the department to use the latest instruments to produce the most accurate data.
The department has made excellent choices in new hires for the past 10 years and we need to continue that”. Says Salters.


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

The SCALexperiment Twitter account HERE . Amazing pictures, video and info about the cruise.

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.”