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Roger Bryant is a Postdoctoral Scholar who studies sedimentary geochemistry.

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Francois Tissot works hard to measure and understand Uranium isotopes in rocks and meteorites to learn about the early Solar System and early Earth.

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Professor Tiffany Shaw uses fundamental principles from fluid dynamics to understand Earth's weather and climate.

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Geophysical Science News

  • UChicago Department Alumnus Nicole Xike Nie To Join MIT Faculty

    September 24, 2022

    UChicago Department alumnus Nicole Xike Nie has been appointed to MIT's faculty. Nie, who is currently a postdoc at the Carnegie Institution for Science, received her PhD in isotope geo/cosmochemistry from the University of Chicago in 2019, working in Louis Block Professor Nicolas Dauphas' Origins Lab. Nie will start her appointment as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in 2023.

  • Open Faculty Search in Geophysical Sciences

    September 23, 2022

    The Department of the Geophysical Sciences is accepting applications to join the faculty at the rank of Professor, Assistant Professor (tenure-track), or Associate Professor. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2022 and will continue until the position(s) are filled. EOE/Vet/Disability

  • Postdoctoral Opportunity Available!

    September 22, 2022

    The T.C. Chamberlin Postdoctoral Fellowship allows early career scholars the opportunity to pursue their research interests within the department. We are happy to be accepting applications this autumn. Interested applicants can learn more and submit an application here.

  • Congratulations Osamu Miyawaki!

    September 19, 2022

    Osamu Miyawaki successfully defended his thesis on September 16th titled “ Energy Balance and Lapse Rate Regimes in the Modern Climate and their Response to Warming”. Osamu’s committee was Tiffany Shaw (primary advisor), Malte Jansen, Noboru Nakamura, Doug MacAyeal, and Tim Cronin (MIT).

    What's next for Osamu? He will start as an ASP post doctoral fellow at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in October.

    Congrats again, Osamu!

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