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August 19th, 2020

Welcome back to campus Ragin Cajuns!

Dear students, Welcome to the 2020-2021 academic year! For all new students: We are enthusiastic to have you with us to start a new adventure at the School of Geosciences! For all returning students: Welcome back, we missed you! ... Read More ➝
August 7th, 2020

NEW FACULTY - Dr. Anna Paltseva

Please join us in welcoming a new faculty at the School of Geosciences... Read More ➝
July 15th, 2020

New Publication - Dr. Jorge Villa

The new Wetland Ecosystem Science Laboratory of the UL Lafayette School of Geosciences has its first official public... Read More ➝
July 3rd, 2020

The School of Geosciences receives a 1 million dollars gift

Paul C. McWilliams and Patrick T. McWilliams Endowment for the Study of Geology... Read More ➝
June 28th, 2020

Growth Faults, Subsidence, and Land Loss in Louisiana

Matthew O’Leary, a former UL Lafayette School of Geosciences graduate student working with Dr.... Read More ➝
June 26th, 2020

New Paper on the Exhumation of the Coyote Mountains metamorphic core complex

The work of Megan Borel Master’s thesis was recently ... Read More ➝
June 24th, 2020

School of Geoscience wins the Technical Innovation Award at 2020 IBA

The UL Lafayette School of Geoscience won the Technical Innovation Award at the 2020 AAPG Imperial Barrel Award comp... Read More ➝
June 18th, 2020

Machine learning for geophysical characterization of brittleness

Mark Mlella, a former MS. graduate student working with Dr.... Read More ➝
June 8th, 2020

UL Lafayette SEG EVOLVE 2020

SEG EVOLVE 2020 has passed a key milestone as 150 students from 25 teams around world presented their best investmen... Read More ➝
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 ➝