News: EAS

The Vavilov ice cap in the Arctic Circle is now experiencing rapid ice loss by way of an ice stream, shown here. It has shed 9.5 billion tons of ice since 2013.

Prof. Matt Pritchard and docoral student Whyjay Zheng detect rapid ‘ice stream’ at Arctic glacier.

By: Blaine Friedlander, Cornell Chronicle

Cornell geologists, examining the desolate Vavilov ice cap on the northern fringe of Siberia in the Arctic Circle, have for the first time observed the rapid ice loss from an improbable new river of ice, according to new work in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. “This glacier went from doing basically nothing to doing something very unusual – evolving into an ice stream,” said Matthew Pritchard, professor of earth and atmospheric sciences and a fellow at the Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability. Could the stream be a result of climate change? Yes, Pritchard said, as a portion of... Read more

California Wildfire

Living in the Era of California Wildfires: EAS Cornell Professors Weigh in on West Coast Destruction

By: Natalie Monticello, Cornell Daily Sun

“In California, there is a strong element of climate change, but much of the problem also stems from land use, such as people building houses in ecosystems that traditionally burn regularly in the chaparral ecosystem of Los Angeles County,” Prof. Natalie M. Mahowald, earth and environmental sciences, said. “The current wildfires in California are certainly consistent with the expectations of a warming climate leading to increasing drought conditions in the western U.S.,” Brown said. According to Prof. Peter Hess, biological and environmental engineering, California is often struck by wildfires... Read more

Cornell students in large auditorium, photo by Jing Jiang / Sun Assistant Photography Editor

Inside Two of Cornell’s Biggest Classes: Wines and Oceanography

By: Caroline Johnson and Sofia Loayza, Cornell Daily Sun

Motion of the Ocean Prof. Bruce Monger thinks that he has “the best job in the world.” Monger teaches BIOEE 1540: Introductory Oceanography, one of the largest classes at Cornell with over 1,000 students and 40 teaching assistants. The class “started small.” said Monger, but then enrollment began to climb. “One hundred and thirty, then it was 230 then 330,” Monger said. “I went from a couple-hundred-seat room in Olin Hall to Call Auditorium in Kennedy Hall then that one filled up. Now I moved it to Bailey Hall and [I teach] a little over a thousand students.” “Even though it’s a giant room you... Read more

Recruiting Ph.D. students for 2020

We are seeking Ph.D. students to work on the following projects to begin in the Fall of 2020 in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University. Please contact the faculty listed below for more information. Please click here for the most up-to-date list of opportunities. Atmospheric Sciences: Prof. Peter Hitchcock ( is seeking a student to work on large-scale atmospheric dynamics related to stratosphere-troposphere interactions in the tropics. Experimental petrology/geochemistry: Potential areas of research include investigations of planetary redox... Read more

Cornell students in front of Willard Straight Hall participate in a worldwide Climate Strike on Sept. 20. Photo by Jason Koski

Students have ‘eye-opening’ experiences at Climate Week NYC

By: Blaine Friedlander, Cornell Chronicle

From the Cornell Chronicle: In New York City, the students – participating in Cornell’s Global Climate Change Science and Policy class – met with Tonga’s Mahe Tupouniua, secretary of foreign affairs; T. Suka Mangisi, deputy chief of mission; Rose Kautoke, assistant crown council; and Siosiua Utoi’kamanu, Tonga’s representative for the U.N.’s Law of the Sea convention. The Global Climate Change Science and Policy class is taught by Natalie Mahowald, the Irving Porter Church Professor in Engineering; Allison Chatrchyan, senior research associate and director of the Cornell Institute for Climate... Read more

From left to right: Danielle Eiseman, Iván Chaar-López, and Anaka Aiyar.

Postdoc Danielle Eiseman Wins Excellence in Community Engagement Award

Danielle Eiseman was one of four recipients of this year's Postdoc Achievement Awards, co-sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, as part of Cornell’s celebration of National Postdoc Appreciation Week. She was awarded the Excellence in Community Engagement Award and a $500 prize. Photo by Chris Kitchen. Read more

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Esteban Gazel and Allison Chatrchyan receive Atkinson Venture Fund (AVF) Grants

According to the Atkinson Center website, "the Academic Venture Fund (AVF) is an incubator for the next generation of sustainable solutions. The AVF seeds original, interdisciplinary research that is not likely to find funding elsewhere because the projects are novel, risky, need early data to establish traction, or involve new teams working together. AVF projects often draw in external partners in industry, government, and nongovernmental organizations. The AVF provides roughly $1.5 million in funding annually, typically supporting 10-15 projects a year across a range of energy, environment... Read more

Graduate Student Patricia MacQueen

Patricia MacQueen Wins Pretigious FINESST Award

Patricia MacQueen (Geological Sciences) was one of only 14% of applicants selected to receive a 3-year NASA fellowship worth $135,000 in the inaugural Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology (FINESST) competition that will partially fund her graduate student stipend, tuition, and research expenses. Please join us in congratulating Patricia! Read more