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Graduate student Joshua Lively made headlines in September for naming and describing an extinct species of prehistoric turtle with a distinctive pig-like snout—work he conducted while earning his master’s at the University of Utah. Now a Ph.D. student at the Jackson School, he’s turned his focus to studying another prehistoric reptile, this one with a…

Scientist Profile: Daniella Rempe

By Mark Wangrin Daniella Rempe brought more than a towel and sunscreen on her visits to Barton Springs when she was an undergraduate at The University of Texas at Austin. She brought her curiosity. “It’s an exciting place to hang out, but it just isn’t relaxing for me. I’m consumed with where the water comes…

Scientist Profile: Nicolas Tisato

By Mark Wangrin When he was a student, his favorite classroom was cold, dark and damp. A classroom built from rock; different kinds from different eras. It’s subterranean and mysterious, the more mysterious the better. Nicola Tisato loves to explore caves. “Some of my biggest emotions have been in caves,” he said. “When you discover…

Growing up amid the crisp, cold landscape of the Canadian Rockies, Rowan Martindale’s family liked to vacation in tropical environs with warm waters. As a result, the high-country farm girl learned to snorkel and scuba dive and explored coral reefs at an early age. Now, through her studies of ancient reefs, Martindale, an assistant professor…

When Jay Banner accepted his first faculty position, teaching was just something he had to do so he could do what he really loved—research. In particular, studying the processes by which ocean sediments become rock, tracing underground flow paths of water and using cave formations to reconstruct past climate. His first teaching assignment was an…

When he came to the Bureau of Economic Geology in 1980, Martin Jackson was a hard-rock kind of guy. He was grew up in what was then Rhodesia (today, Zimbabwe), prospected for minerals there and in South Africa and Namibia, studied the metamorphic history of Precambrian gneisses in the Forbidden Area of the Namib Desert…

It’s the nightmare scenario: A magnitude 7.8 earthquake begins at the southern end of the San Andreas Fault and the rupture continues moving northwest 200 miles along the fault to a spot about 50 miles north of Los Angeles. Buildings collapse, wildfires spark, and electric power and water systems are damaged. Experts project such an…

With her research interests and enthusiasm flowing forth like a raging river when she speaks, it’s no surprise that Kevan Moffett studies the dynamic role of water in the earth sciences. As she begins her career at the Jackson School of Geosciences, Moffett will focus on the fields of hydrogeology and ecohydrology, exploring the relationships…

The crowd of about 75 people milled about beneath the giant Texas pterosaur skeleton in the stately polished marble main hall of the Texas Memorial Museum. Display cases filled with gems, fossils and other natural history curiosities lined the walls. In attendance were university professors, staffers, and students, as well as friends and family members….

Like many kids in the Indiana Jones generation, Danny Stockli wanted to be an archaeologist when he grew up. In high school, he volunteered at ancient Roman digs in his native Switzerland. Like most of us though, the dream changed somewhere along the way. “I don’t have a gun or a whip,” he said, “but…

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