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Florida Keys offers foray into marine research for spring breakers

During spring break, undergraduate and graduate students taking a course on marine biogeochemistry visited the Florida Keys for field exercises.

Decoding the leaf: scientists search for features to ID modern, fossil leaves

A team led by Penn State scientists combined a machine learning approach and traditional botanical language to find and describe new features for fossil identification.

Kump elected to National Academy of Sciences

Lee Kump, John Leone Dean in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at Penn State, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Membership in the NAS is one of the highest honors given to a scientist or engineer in the United States.

Susan Brantley named an Evan Pugh University Professor

Brantley, the Dr. Hubert Barnes and Dr. Mary Barnes Professor in Geosciences, was recently one of two professors named an Evan Pugh University Professor.

A prehistoric forest grows in Brunei

The first study of leaf fossils conducted on the island of Borneo has revealed that the current dominant tree group, the dipterocarps, has dominated the rainforests for at least four million years.

Beetle in the coconut: Fossil find sheds new light on Neotropical rainforests

Tiny beetles that feed on fruit from the palm family may have developed their taste for coconuts long ago, according to a Penn State-led team of scientists studying suspected insect damage in a 60-million-year-old fossil.

Geosciences programs continue to shine in U.S. News graduate rankings

Graduate programs in Penn State's Department of Geosciences were recently recognized among the nation’s best in U.S. News & World Report's 2023 Best Graduate Schools rankings.

Alysha Ulrich nominated for Udall Scholarship

Alysha Ulrich, a junior majoring in majoring in earth science and policy, is one of two students nominated to the national Udall Undergraduate Scholarship.

Meltwater drainage, break-away icebergs linked at shrinking Helheim Glacier

Dark patches of open sea that appear in the ice-choked water around Helheim Glacier may reveal new clues about how a rapidly changing Greenland glacier loses ice, according to a Penn State-led team of scientists.

Geoscientist enjoys critical mineral successes at national lab

Penn State alumna Christina Lopano works at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), which is one of the three applied research labs among the 17 national labs operated under the Department of Energy (DOE). So, she said, she’s used to seeing the results of her work called upon for application in real-world settings.