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WATCH: Undergraduates help demystify Earth's climate system

Earth Systems sophomores Emma Hutchinson and Mary Cirino researched Earth's climate, from the strongest wind system on Earth to the tropical Pacific, as part of the Stanford School of Earth Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research (SESUR) program.

Eric Lambin in front of his computer screen

Eric Lambin wins 2014 Volvo Environmental Prize

A pioneer in the analysis of global land use change, Lambin employs advanced data collection and satellite imagery to understand human decision making and its influence on ecosystems and global environmental change.

At the epicenter of Bay Area's Loma Prieta earthquake

Prof. Greg Beroza hiked to a tranquil redwood forest where he explained the origin and impact of a devastating 6.9 magnitude earthquake that occurred 25 years ago. Back on campus, he and colleagues explained their leading edge seismology research.

Locked faults could pop big earthquake in Bay Area

The Hayward Fault is one of a several faults underlying urban areas in the San Francisco Bay Area that could result in major quakes if it were to rupture, said Greg Beroza.

Mapping saltwater intrusion along the Monterey Coast

This past Wednesday was a busy day for Rosemary Knight, whose team is wrapping up a two-week long project to use geophysical tools to map saltwater intrusion into aquifers along the Monterey Coast.

25 years after the Loma Prieta earthquake, are we safer?

The answer is "yes" according to Mary Lou Zoback, consulting professor of geophysics.  She calls the San Francisco Bay Area "an epicenter of resilience."

Electrical currents set up at Moss Landing beach for saltwater intrusion study

Rosemary Knight talks to KSBW about her team's ongoing project to map saltwater intrusion into aquifers along Monterey Bay.

LISTEN: The next generation of Earth scientists

High school students participating in the School of Earth Sciences internship program sat down with Earth Systems BS/MS candidate Alessandra Santiago to discuss their work in active research labs, their analysis of ancient animals and climate change, and what they gained from their time on the Stanford campus.

Underwater inspiration

Earth Systems alumna Laure Katz dives deep to help develop marine protection programs for Conservation International.

Causes of California Drought Linked to Climate Change

The extreme atmospheric conditions associated with California’s crippling drought are far more likely to occur under today’s global warming conditions than in the climate that existed before humans emitted large amounts of greenhouse gases, Stanford scientists say.

New grad students from all over Earth

From as far away as Iceland, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, China and Brazil, and from as close  as our own campus and the big state university across San Francisco Bay, 74 new students are on the path to Master's and PhD degrees in the Stanford School of Earth Sciences.

Mark Zoback

Mark Zoback to receive award for outstanding research

It's still 2014 but Geophysics Professor Mark Zoback can look forward to being honored in the New Year with the Robert R. Berg Outstanding Research Award.  The  American Association of Petroleum Geologists is recognizing Zoback's contributions to the field of reservoir geomechanics.

Weak wells, not fracking, caused drinking water contamination

A new study coauthored by Rob Jackson cast doubt on the claim that hydraulic fracturing is causing drinking water to be contaminated by methane. "In about half the cases we believe the contamination came from poor cementing and in the other half it came from well casings that leaked," Jackson said.

Diversified farming practices might preserve evolutionary diversity of wildlife

Earth Systems alumnus Dan Karp is the co-lead author of a new study in Costa Rica that revealed that habitat destruction significantly reduces the incidence of evolutionarily distinct species.

Assessing the environmental costs and benefits of fracking

A new study led by Rob Jackson finds that rising supplies of natural gas could benefit the environment by replacing coal as a fuel for electricity, but hydraulic fracturing poses dangers for people living near the wells.

Stanford ‘Geniuses’ Reflect Back

Earth Sciences professors Kevin Boyce and David Lobell discuss the unexpected benefits of winning 2013 MacArthur Fellowships.

Pac-12 Features Usua

Chevron and the Pac-12 conference recognize Usua Amanam, an Energy Resources Engineering master's degree student and former football player, for excelling on and off the field.

New farming practices can increase yields and lower pollution in China

Peter Vitousek and colleagues in China have shown in a new Nature study that Chinese farming practices could be designed to simultaneously improve yields and substantially reduce environmental damages.

Assistant Professor Tiziana Vanorio in her lab

Vanorio to receive award for innovative teaching

Geophysics Assistant Professor Tiziana Vanorio will receive the 2014 Innovative Teaching Award in late October from the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

No relief in sight for California drought

All signs point to California's record-breaking drought conditions extending into the fall months. The state's reservoir levels are still dropping rapidly, and will continue to do so for at least another 2-3 months, Daniel Swain writes.

A boy looking at cars in a collapsed garage.

What Napa quakes mean for future seismic activity

Large earthquakes occurred much more frequently in the Bay Area during the 19th century, says Stanford geophysicist Greg Beroza. Last weekend's magnitude 6.0 quake in Napa was a reminder to stay ready for something bigger.

Earth's early life endured long asteroid bombardment

Early life on Earth contended with hundreds of millions of years of asteroid impacts, says Donald Lowe.

Lightning Outbreak Forecasted for Bay Area

All of Northern California is at risk of increased lightning strikes and wildfires over the next 72 hours, writes Daniel Swain.

Listen: A conversation on teaching, tsunamis, and science nerdiness

Geophysics professor Eric Dunham, the 2014 winner for Excellence in Teaching in the School of Earth Sciences, sits down for an audio interview to discuss his approach to teaching, the source of his infectious enthusiasm for mathematics and physics, and why students rave about his unusual oral midterms.


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