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  • PhD student Tim Hodson had an interview with LiveScience about our Antarctic field work. Press release by NSF. - May 17th, 2016
  • PhD student Tim Hodson is mentioned in NSF publication: What lies beneath West Antarctica? Early career researchers publish new insights into Antarctic subglacial lakes. - April 29th, 2016
  • Geologist Reed Scherer to deliver Board of Trustees Professor Seminar. The presentation “Big Ice Sheets, Big Science and Tiny Fossils in a Changing World” and Q&A take place on March 28 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Capitol Room of the Holmes Student Center. Refreshments are served at 11:30 am. All are welcome; no registration is required.
  • Charles Hostetler, Senior Program Manager at PDC Technical Services, Inc. will present "Our evolving understanding of the unconfined aquifer beneath the Hanford site: Implications for waste disposal and operational design" in Davis Hall 308 on Friday, March 4th at 11am. All are welcome.
  • M.S. student Jason Coenen will serve as a shipboard micropaleontologist on IODP expedition #361.  He will help collect ocean sediment cores from near South Africa and Madagascar. - January 19, 2016
  • Read the NIU Newsroom article "Why the geosciences must become more diverse" by Dr. Nicloe LaDue. - December 17, 2015
  • Alumnus Matt Konfirst and emerita professor Carla Montgomery receive awards from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences- October 27, 2015
  • We are pleased to announce that the Geogram, our department newsletter, has been revived! Download the PDF and catch up on what's been happening in the department.
    The file will work best if you download it to your computer and look at it with Acrobat - it may not appear as we intended, and some embedded links may not work if you just look at it in a browser window. - September 25, 2015
  • NIU professor describes the science behind 'Jurassic World'. Read the DeKalb Daily Chronicle article- June 11, 2015
  • Critters found in Antarctic ice show how tenacious life is. Read the AP article on Yahoo News. - April 2, 2015
  • Read Nicole LaDue's invited OpEd piece that recently appeared in the prestigious journal, Nature. The piece is titled: Help to fight the battle for Earth in US schools. - March 12, 2015

Student Success Stories

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Kendle Fraley
Tim Hodson
Matt Konfirst
Elizabeth Olson
Luke Trusel
Erik Van Dusen

Graduate student funding available for paleoclimate research. (see details)