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  • 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
  • Watch Ross Powell and Reed Scherer being interviewed in a Voice of America video titled "Deep under Antarctic ice sheet, life!" - February 26, 2015
  • Watch Ross Powell and Reed Scherer being interviewed on Chicago Tonight on Feb. 10th. Discoveries from their recent Antarctic research trip are featured. - February 11, 2015
  • Asst. Prof. Ryan Pollyea and Assoc. Prof. and ESE Director Melissa Lenczewski talk with the NIU newsroom about fracking in Illinois.- January 30, 2015
  • Catch of the day: Scientists find fish in extreme environment half-mile beneath Antarctic ice. Read the NIU Newsroom release. - January 26, 2015
  • Scientists drill through 2400 feet of Antarctic ice for climate clues. Read the Scientific American article featuring Ross Powell and Reed Scherer. - January 20, 2015

Student Success Stories

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

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