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Tulane scientist embarks on mission to Florida-sized glacier

A Tulane University researcher is among nearly 100 scientists and support staff from the United States and the United Kingdom heading to... 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

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