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In 2018, news outlets turned to Jackson School of Geosciences experts to explain everything from
local geology to some of the biggest moment’s in Earth’s history. For a full list of Jackson School in the news go to: jsg.utexas.edu/news/in-the-news

 

MATTHEW BROWN, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS AT THE JACKSON SCHOOL’S VERTEBRATE PALEONTOLOGY COLLECTIONS, APPEARED ON FOX 7 AUSTIN IN JUNE 2018 TO TALK ABOUT DINOSAURS IN FILMS, INCLUDING THE LATEST JURRASIC PARK MOVIE.
ON MAY 4, 2018, A LANDSLIDE ON A CLIFF THAT OVERLOOKS CENTRAL AUSTIN’S SHOAL CREEK DAMAGED THE TRAIL THAT RUNS ALONG THE WATER, BRINGING DEBRIS CRASHING DOWN. KXAN INTERVIEWED THE JACKSON SCHOOL’S JOEL JOHNSON FOR AN OVERVIEW OF THE AREA’S UNDERLYING GEOLOGY AND WHY IT’S PRONE TO LANDSLIDES.
THE BBC TURNED TO PROFESSOR JULIA CLARKE FOR HER EXPERTISE IN DINOSAUR CALLS AND COLORS. SHE APPEARED IN A DOCUMENTARY WHERE SHE HELPED RECREATE T-REX CALLS IN A BERLIN RECORDING STUDIO AND EXAMINED FOSSILS FOR SIGNS OF COLOR.
THE JACKSON SCHOOL’S SEAN GULICK AND CHRIS LOWERY APPEARED IN THE NOVA DOCUMENTARY “THE DAY THE DINOSAURS DIED.” THE FILM TELLS THE STORY OF THE ASTEROID THAT WIPED OUT THE DINOSAUR AND GIVES AN INSIDER LOOK ON THE INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE MISSION (WHICH WAS CO-LED BY GULICK) TO RECOVER ROCK CORES FROM THE IMPACT SITE. THE BBC ALSO DID A FULL-LENGTH DOCUMENTARY ON THE MISSION.

 

In The News

Now Available in the Oil Patch: Wind and Solar College Degrees

“What we should be training students for is to be energy practitioners.”

Richard Chuchla
Director of the Energy and Earth Resources Graduate Program

The Wall Street Journal, May 2, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

West Texas Sinkhole Studies Show More Reasons for Concern

“Places like Wink have a favorable subsurface groundwater regime, and you have penetration through the salt wells that allow water to get into the salt and dissolve it. But not every place is like that… Conditions have to be uniquely suited for formation of [a sinkhole].”

Jeff Paine
Senior research scientist at the Bureau of Economic Geology

Midland Reporter-Telegram, April 7, 2018

 

Venus May Have Hosted Life, Researchers Say

“Our work shows that a planet such as Venus, without plate tectonics, could have had surface temperatures over several billion years allowing for
liquid water, which could allow for life.”

Matthew Weller

Postdoctoral researcher
at The University of Texas
Institute for Geophysics
COSMOS, April 3, 2018

 

 

 

Study Finds ‘Rock Moisture’ Spared California Forest From Drought

“What hasn’t been appreciated is that this (rock) reservoir can make or break a forest.”

Daniella Rempe

Assistant professor in the
Department of Geological Sciences

San Francisco Chronicle, Feb. 26, 2018