Earth and Environmental Sciences

Rensselaer Researcher To Uncover Deep Sea Mysteries

A few years ago, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Sasha Wagner, assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences, proved false what scientists had thought for years. Soot-like molecules that formed an ancient carbon pool deep in the Pacific Ocean did not, in fact, originate from wildfires on land.

Cold Temperatures Paved the Way for T. Rex

About 201 million years ago, volcanic eruptions covered an area roughly the size of South America in lava as Pangaea started to split. The Earth was changed. In the years that followed, 40% of all four-legged land animals were wiped out in the End Triassic Extinction (ETE). The exact cause was unknown.

Going to Mars

This week’s episode of Why Not Change the World? The RPI Podcast explores the science and engineering involved in the exploration of Mars.

Daniele Cherniak Honored With 2021 Walt Westman Award

Daniele Cherniak, a senior research scientist in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has been honored with the highest national award bestowed by the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals.

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