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Nance Honored by Geological Association of Canada With Two-Day Symposium

a candid headshot of Damian NanceThe 45-year research career of Distinguished Professor Damian Nance, Department of Geological Sciences, was honored this year by the Geological Association of Canada at their annual meeting in Quebec City in May. The event, entitled “Pannotia to Pangea: Paleozoic orogenic cycles in the circum-North Atlantic Region: A Celebration of the […]

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Posted on 10/09/2019

New Geological Sciences Faculty Explores Intersection of Water, Climate, and Human Impacts

a snapshot of Xizhen "Jenny" Schenk in front of a lake with survey equipment  Dr. Xizhen “Jenny” Schenk recently joined the faculty of Geological Sciences at Ohio University as an Assistant Professor of Instruction. Schenk’s teaching and research focus on exploring the field of environmental geology, particularly the intersection of climate, water, and human impacts. “My enthusiasm for geosciences originated from my admiration […]

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Posted on 10/09/2019

Hembree Presents at ICCI in Germany

Dr. Dan Hembree, Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences, traveled to Halle, Germany in September to attend the Third International Congress on Continental Ichnology. The ICCI brings scientist together from around the world that study the preserved traces of ancient animals that lived on land, in rivers, and in […]

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Posted on 10/09/2019

OHIO Geologists Share Their Science at GSA Annual Meeting

Six students and three faculty from the Geological Sciences Department traveled to Phoenix, AZ, to share and learn about the latest developments in geochemistry, geomorphology, paleontology, and gender dynamics in geology at the Geological Society of America annual meeting Sept. 21-25. Current department members presented five oral presentations (two of […]

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Posted on 10/07/2019

Stigall Presents Prestigious Wilson Lecture in Norway

selfie of Alycia Stigall with the OsloFjord in the backgroundDr. Alycia Stigall, Professor of Geological Sciences at Ohio University, presented the 2019 Wilson Lecture at the Centre for Earth and Evolution Dynamics at the University of Oslo, Norway in September. The center is one of the premier research institutes globally for research about the earth’s interior and reconstructing former […]

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Posted on 10/07/2019

Geological Sciences Welcomes Three New Faculty

From left: Xizhen Schenk, Katherine Fornash, and David Young, new geological sciences facultyThe Geological Sciences Department welcomes three new faculty members this fall. Dr. Katherine Fornash joins the department as a tenure-track Assistant Professor. She received her B.S. in Geosciences from the University of Arizona, and her Ph.D. from the structure, tectonics, and metamorphic petrology group at the University of Minnesota. Her […]

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Posted on 09/19/2019

Hembree Named an Executive Editor of Palaeontologia Electronica

Daniel Hembree, portrait outdoorsDr. Dan Hembree was appointed as an Executive Editor of the journal Palaeontologia Electronica. Hembree is Professor of Geological Sciences at Ohio University. About Palaeontologia Electronica: Founded in 1997, Palaeontologia Electronica (PE) is the longest running open-access, peer-reviewed electronic journal and covers all aspects of palaeontology. PE uses an external […]

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Posted on 08/25/2019

Stigall Quoted about Discovery of Spaceship-Shaped Cambrian Arthropod

Dr. Alycia Stigall, portraitDr. Alycia L. Stigall, Professor of Geological Sciences at Ohio University, was quoted in a PBS NOVA story headlined “Meet Cambroraster falcatus, the sediment-sifting ‘Roomba’ of the Cambrian: This crustacean-like critter stalked the seas half a billion years ago.” …One of the first features Moysiuk took notice of was Cambroraster’s […]

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Posted on 08/13/2019

Stigall Takes a Much Closer Look at Species Evolution

Stigall Publishes Landmark Review of the Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event When Earth’s species were rapidly diversifying nearly 500 million years ago, that evolution was driven by complex factors including global cooling, more oxygen in the atmosphere, and more nutrients in the oceans. But it took a combination of many global […]

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Posted on 07/23/2019

Springer Co-Authors Article on North America Orbital-Scale Climate Variability, Glaciers

Gregory Springer, portrait in caveDr. Gregory S . Springer, Associate Professor and Chair of Geological Sciences at Ohio University, co-authored an article on Eastern North American climate in phase with fall insolation throughout the last three glacial-interglacial cycles in Earth and Planetary Science Letters. His co-authors are Hai Cheng and R. Lawrence Edwards from […]

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Posted on 07/10/2019