Day: February 3, 2022

GMES Geology Major Accepted to the 2022 Graduate Visitor Program at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

After joining the GMES graduate program in the fall of 2021 to pursue a master’s degree in geology, Natalea Cohen applied for and was recently awarded the 2022 Graduate Visitor Program at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). NCAR is sponsored by National Science Foundation.

“I am honored to have received this opportunity to work with David Yates at NCAR and apply the skills and knowledge gained from my time at Michigan Tech. I will be at NCAR in spring 2023 modeling hydrometeorological data that will be collected in El Salvador this coming summer 2022.” – Natalea Cohen

Nat Cohen with GPS equipment
Natalea is pictured with portable GPS monitoring equipment, assisting the USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory.

MTU Geology Major Assists in Tracking Uplift at the USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory in Oregon

The area around Three Sisters volcanoes in Oregon is moving, and geology MS student, and NAGT/USGS intern Natalea Cohen, demonstrates the portable GPS monitoring equipment used to track it. Uplift, a subtle rise in the ground’s surface, is monitored by the USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory. Could magma underground be to blame? See how radar satellite data and GPS equipment come together to get scientists one step closer to knowing the truth:

Nat Cohen Volcano Picture
Natalea Cohen, pictured, received the 2021 NAGT/USGS Cooperative Summer Field Training Internship before joining MTU.

Chad Deering on Key Links in the Evolution of Earth’s Rock Cycle and Its Ocean

Chad Deering
Chad Deering

Chad Deering (GMES) was quoted in a University of Wisconsin Oshkosh news story picked up by Science Daily and The story explains how a study led by Deering and UW-Oshkosh geologist Timothy Paulsen links zircon data from sandstones recovered from Earth’s major continental landmasses to the evolution of the Earth’s rock cycle and its oceans. Snehamoy Chatterjee (GMES) is also a co-author on the study.

“Continents tend to be worn down by weathering and rivers tend to transport this sediment to the oceans, leaving scattered puzzle pieces for geologists to fit together,” said Chad Deering, a Michigan Tech geologist and coauthor on the paper. “There is increasing evidence that important pieces of the puzzle are found in the ancient beach and river sediments produced through continental weathering and erosion.”

Read more at UW Oshkosh Today, by Natalie Johnson.

Continental Magmatism and Uplift as the Primary Driver for First-Order Oceanic 87Sr/86Sr Variability with Implications for Global Climate and Atmospheric Oxygenation
T. Paulsen, C. Deering, J. Sliwinski, S. Chatterjee, and O. Bachman
GSA Today, pp. 4–10, 2022.