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June 2nd, 2020

CO2 levels now higher than any time in the last 23 million years

One of the most pressing messages that climate scientists attempt to convey to the public is how today’s CO2 levels compare to those of the Geologic past. Such comparisons can provide public context for current CO2 rise, as well as important information on the response of global temperatures to rising CO2. A new study published in Geology suggests that present-day CO2 levels (412 ppmv) are now likely higher than at any time in at least the last 23 million years! In this newly published study, a team led by Brian Schubert, Associate Professor in the School of Geosciences at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, used the remains of dead plants to produce a new record of atmospheric CO2 that spans 23 million years of uninterrupted Earth history. Their findings relied on the nearly continuous record of terrestrial photosynthesis provided by organic matter accumulated from partially decomposed plants. “When plants grow, the relative amount of the two stable isotopes of carbon, carbon-12 and carbon-13, changes in response to the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere,” says Schubert. “One can therefore measure the relative amount of these two isotopes and calculate the CO2 concentration under which the plants grew.” The remains of land plants can be used to calculate the amount of CO2 in Earth’s atmosphere. Photo credit: A. Hope Jahren ... Read More ➝
June 1st, 2020

Two Graduate Students win the GSA Graduate Research Grant

Please join us in congratulating two of our graduate students who recently won a GSA Graduate Research Grant for 202... Read More ➝
May 26th, 2020

The School of Geosciences wins prestigious Field Camp Award

As our 2020 virtual field camp is kicking off today, our School has just been informed that we are this year's recip... Read More ➝
March 10th, 2020

Allison Scates presents at CSGS2020 3-minutes-thesis

We're very proud of Allison Scates, MS Geology, who brilliantly represented University of Louisiana at Lafayette at ... Read More ➝
February 29th, 2020

UL Lafayette IBA 2020 Team

The UL Lafayette Geology IBA team 2020 is ready to compete in this year's contes... Read More ➝
February 10th, 2020

Geology student wins Finals of the 3 Minute Thesis Competition

Allison Scates (Geology, M.S.... Read More ➝
November 18th, 2019

Geology Summer Scholar's Program

The UL Geaux Geo Scholar Program is a 5-day experience for top students throughout the 9-parish Acadiana region in s... Read More ➝
September 30th, 2019

A new NSF grant lands at the School of Geosciences

Associate Professor Raphaël Gottardi is the PI of a new grant jointly funded by the Tectonics program in the Divisio... Read More ➝

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