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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

Professor searches for clues to predict volcanic eruptions Mar 06, 2018 Faith Dawson

, Near the eastern coast of Africa, a tectonic rift in Earth’s ancient crust is yielding clues about the effects of molten rock, or magma, on continental breakup. Cynthia Ebinger, holder of the Marshall-Heape Chair in Geology in the School of Science and Engineering at Tulane University, studies... more

Study looks at link between ice sheet and climate change Nov 10, 2017 Barri Bronston

A Tulane University geologist is among a team of scientists studying an ancient Canadian ice sheet to determine if its collapse could be a preview of future climate change. Brent Goehring, an assistant professor in the Tulane Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, conducted the study of... more

Tulane research aids in reading Earth’s diary Sep 26, 2017 Barri Bronston

A Tulane University geologist has concluded a study on climate change, which will help develop climate models that simulate the effects of climate change and the Earth’s response to it. The study by co-author Kyle Straub, an associate professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences... more

Tulane student hopes research will lead to protection from volcanoes, earthquakes Sep 12, 2017 Roger Dunaway

East Africa may be a long way from the Crescent City, but it is top of mind for Tulane PhD student Sarah Oliva, who is studying data from volcanoes and earthquakes in that region. Her goal is a better understanding of how a 3,000-kilometer long deep valley — the East African rift system — formed.... more

Mississippi mud may hold hope for Louisiana coast Jul 12, 2017 Barri Bronston

Many studies say capturing Mississippi River sand through diversions is key to rebuilding Louisiana’s vanishing coast. But a new study in the open-access journal Earth Surface Dynamics of an old levee breach, or crevasse, along Bayou Lafourche indicates that mud, the most plentiful sediment type... more

Louisiana wetlands struggling with sea-level rise four times the global average Mar 14, 2017 Barri Bronston

Without major efforts to rebuild Louisiana’s wetlands, particularly in the westernmost part of the state, there is little chance that the coast will be able to withstand the accelerating rate of sea-level rise, a new Tulane University study concludes. The study by researchers in Tulane’s Department... more

Undersea explorer Jan 09, 2017 Benjamin Morris

For Tulane professor Kyle Straub, a recent sabbatical meant an opportunity to explore one of the most intriguing places on earth. Last year, Straub, associate professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, was invited by colleagues at ExxonMobil to join a research group at their... more

Grad student helps build model to study wildfires Nov 11, 2016 Benjamin Morris

Jordan Adams is no stranger to adventure. Adams, a doctoral student in the School of Science and Engineering at Tulane, has worked in the mountains of Appalachia, the forests of Arizona and the peninsulas of Hawaii. She’s also worked right here in Louisiana, studying the hydrology of our very own... more