A new analysis of U.S. methane emissions indicates that previous studies underestimated emissions from human activity, particularly cattle farming and fossil fuel production. The new analysis is based on a "top-down" methodology developed by EESS associate professor by courtesy Anna Michalak and her research group.
Stanford professor David Lobell, a colleague from Columbia University, and farmers from Kansas and North Dakota examine the northward movement of U.S. crop production, an impact of climate change.
A Jolt to Complacency on Food Supply
David Lobell is using elaborate statistical techniques to reveal a detailed picture of the effects of heat on crop yields. His work suggests that rising heat stress in some major growing areas is already putting a drag on production — and raises the possibility of much more serious effects as global warming continues.
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A relatively new, hybrid academic discipline, geobiology is a concentrated effort a to understand the co-evolution of Earth, life and the interaction of different life forms with Earth materials & the addition of Kevin Boyce and Paula Welander strengthens Stanford’s presence in the field.
Interdisciplinary scientist studies geologically relevant lipids called hopanoids that are produced by bacteria.
“All of the factors that happened in 2011 are the types of factors that we expect to see more commonly in the future,” said Anna Michalak, a Great Lakes researcher at Stanford University.
Selected for research on the impact of climate change on crop production and food security
Professor David Lobell was honored with a MacArthur Fellowship for research on the impact of climate change on crop production and food security. He is one of two Earth Sciences professors to receive this $625,000 fellowship.
EESS graduate students and faculty are wrapping up a three-week "Sophomore College" class that examined the interaction between people and precious environment in and around Sitka, Alaska, led by Professor Rob Dunbar.