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Mark Zoback awarded Louis Neel Medal

Mark Zoback received the 2013 Louis Neel Medal from European Geosciences Union.

Greg Beroza awarded the Beno Gutenberg Medal

Greg Beroza was awarded the Beno Gutenberg Medal of the the European Geosciences Union.

Innovative, cross-school geobiology program expands, welcomes two new professors

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. New technologies such as gene sequencing and mass spectrometry have helped drive growth in the field in the past two decades. The addition of Kevin Boyce and Paula Welander strengthens Stanford’s presence in the field.

Idea Agent

Managing the best, the brightest, the creative and the quirky.

Paula Welander

Paula Welander bridges microbiology and geology

Paula Welander received a PhD in microbiology, and worked with Earth scientists – organic geochemists, to be precise – as a postdoc at MIT when they needed her expertise. Recognizing the power of interdisciplinary research, she joined the Stanford Earth Sciences faculty earlier this year as part of the growing geobiology program.

Iron melt network helped Earth's core grow, study suggests

Wendy Mao and colleagues recreated the intense pressures and temperatures found deep within the Earth, resulting in a discovery that complicates theories of how the planet and its core were formed.

Green thumb? Not this paleobotanist.

MacArthur recipient Kevin Boyce describes his research on ancient plants and what they tell us about the present and future of natural life.

MacArthur winner gives shout out to public school teachers

From an early age, David Lobell was prepared well by schools in Port Washington, NY

Teen researchers find exceptions to scientific rules

Discoveries abound in hands-on summer program

Kevin Boyce named MacArthur Fellow

Cited for establishing links between ancient plant remains and present day ecosystems.

David Lobell named MacArthur Fellow

Selected for research on the impact of climate change on crop production and food security

Global Warming to Spawn More Severe U.S. Thunderstorms

Comprehensive computer modeling by Noah Diffenbaugh and colleagues finds that global warming will lead to increases on storm days in parts of the U.S.

David Lobell, Kevin Boyce named MacArthur Fellows

Earth Sciences professors each to receive $625,000 unrestricted "genius" grants.

Global warming likely to increase severe thunderstorm conditions in U.S.

Severe thunderstorms, often exhibiting destructive rainfall, hail and tornadoes, are one of the primary causes of catastrophic losses in the United States. New climate models suggest a robust increase in these types of storms across the country.

North to Alaska

Earth Sciences grad students and faculty are wrapping up a three-week  "Sophomore College" class that examined the interaction between people and the precious natural environment  in and around Sitka, Alaska, shown here at a fish hatchery.

A living lab in the 49th state

Senior Caitlin Woolsey filed a report with Sitka radio station KCAW about the Earth Sciences Sophomore College experience

Toward diversity in advanced Earth sciences studies

Summer at Stanford piques undergrad interest in graduate school

Efficiency of storing renewable energy: solar O.K., wind needs improvement

Stanford researchers calculate amount of fuel and electricity required to build and operate battery storage systems

Global warming has increased risk of record heat

Researchers calculate that intense heat like that in the summer of 2012 is up to four times more likely to occur now than in pre-industrial America.

Mountain Man

The sometimes harrowing and always fascinating mountaineering adventures of paleoclimate researcher and PhD candidate Hari Mix are chronicled in the latest Gen Anthro podcasts.

Water, wildlife, vegetation and warming in California

Chris Field joined a panel on the here and now of climate change in the Golden State.

New source of arsenic threatens groundwater in Vietnam

Source of deep well contamination discovered

Climate change occurring faster now

If trend continues at rapid pace, it will place significant stress on global terrestrial ecosystems


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