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Global river deltas increasingly shaped by humans, study says

A new study of nearly every delta on the planet shows how river delta shapes and sizes around the world are changing due to human activity – both... more

A Tulane service learning class brings hands-on science to the visually impaired Dec 12, 2019 Barri Bronston

Having never taught a Tulane service learning class, where students apply classroom knowledge to assist community organizations or address societal problems, geologist Nicole Gasparini and her students were understandably tense.  “On my way out the door to do outreach, and I’m very nervous,” ... more

Tulane scientist embarks on mission to Florida-sized glacier Nov 20, 2019 Barri Bronston

A Tulane University researcher is among nearly 100 scientists and support staff from the United States and the United Kingdom heading to Antarctica this week as part of a five-year quest to understand the Thwaites Glacier, the surrounding ocean system and their future contribution to global sea... more

Tulane study points to natural cause for arsenic-tainted water Oct 15, 2019 Barri Bronston

In 2013, residents of Cow Island, located in the southwestern Louisiana parish of Vermilion, successfully sued a pharmaceutical company to pay $5 million for cleanup of arsenic-contaminated soil and water. The suit, which stemmed from a local priest’s battle with cancer, claimed that the arsenic... more

Tulane study says seas may be rising faster than thought Jan 30, 2019 Barri Bronston

A new Tulane University study questions the reliability of how sea-level rise in low-lying coastal areas such as southern Louisiana is measured and suggests that the current method underestimates the severity of the problem. The research is the focus of a news article published this week in the... more

A Tulane internship of seismic proportions Sep 26, 2018 Barri Bronston

As a research intern in the Tulane School of Science and Engineering, Makiyah Cormick, a senior at the New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics High School, worked closely with scientists to analyze seismic data from around the world. He was especially interested in the possible causes of an... more

Tulane researchers contribute to national report on Gulf Coast Jun 27, 2018 Barri Bronston

A national report released Wednesday on the future of the Gulf Coast draws heavily on the work of two Tulane University scientists who have spent most of their careers studying coastal systems in Louisiana and around the world. The report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and... more

Tulane offers region’s first GIS certificate program Jun 22, 2018 Mary Cross

When searching directions using Google Maps, tagging your location on social media or requesting an Uber ride from your smartphone, you are utilizing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) — systems designed to present spatial data. Now, Tulane students can learn more about managing this type of... more

Tulane geologist named Oliver Fund Scholars Award winner May 15, 2018 Barri Bronston

When Nicole Gasparini, an associate professor of geology at Tulane University, read the application requirements for the 2018 Oliver Fund Scholars Award, she knew that her research in landscape reorganization would be a perfect fit. The annual $40,000 award, given every two years, is designed to... more

School of Science and Engineering names Outstanding Researcher Apr 11, 2018 Mary Cross

Karen Johannesson, a professor of geochemistry and chemical hydrogeology in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, will receive the Outstanding Researcher Award Thursday, April 12, during the 12th annual School of Science and Engineering (SSE) Research Day. A pioneer in the field of... more

Mississippi River diversions will produce new land, but slowly, Tulane study says Apr 11, 2018 Barri Bronston

Although river diversions that bring land building sediment to shrinking coastlands are the best solution to sustaining portions of the Mississippi Delta, a new Tulane University study concludes that the rate of land building will likely be dwarfed by the rate of wetland loss. The study, published... more