Archaeologists and geologists are hard at work this summer in Sardinia, digging into the earth and analyzing what comes out—all in an effort to better understand the way the region’s climate and landscape have changed over the last 10,000 years.
The Earth Science Women's Network, an international peer-mentoring organization for women in the geosciences, has received a national honor for its work in creating a supportive community for thousands of scientists.
IBES fellow and Associate Professor of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences Meredith Hastings is co-founder and President of the organization.
At 80 degrees North, the ice edge draws an abundance of marine life: sunlight-loving phytoplankton, schools of coldwater fish, and hundreds of diving, rolling narwhal crooning an eerie tune. At the outset of his Arctic research adventure last summer, Voss Postdoctoral Fellow Chris Horvat pitched a tent and basked in the serenity of the otherworldly polar scene.
Today, the Sumatran rhinoceros, true to its name, is a tropical animal native only to remote mountains; however, as recently as a few thousand years ago, this creature thrived across an enormous range—from the tropics to North China. This, according to new research by Brian Lander in Current Biology.
Dr. John P. Holdren, Senior Advisor to the President at Woods Hole Research Center and former Science Advisor and Director to President Barack Obama, visited the Institute on Thursday, February 15th and delivered a lecture entitled "Meeting the Climate-Change Challenge: What Do We Know? What Should We Do?"
IBES fellow Joseph Braun has been named one of 20 Pioneers Under 40 in Environmental Public Health by the Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE), a prestigious resource for evidence-based science and shared knowledge regarding human health.
Over two weeks in November, 15 students from the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society's Climate and Development Lab have been embedded in key organizations at talks in Bonn, Germany of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
For many, the title theoretical physicist conjures images of wild-haired scholars poring over complex equations in an effort to solve esoteric scientific problems. But Brad Marston, Professor of Physics, is not wild-haired. And the problem he seeks to tackle is far more down-to-Earth than those stereotypes would lead one to believe.
The sprawling volcanic islands of Indonesia are famed for their lush, tropical flora; but during the last ice age, the region's rainforests were instead dry savannas where it rained only half as much as it does today.
New research shows that equatorial waves — pulses of warm ocean water that play a role in regulating Earth’s climate — are driven by the same dynamics as the exotic materials known as topological insulators.
Our environment oozes with chemical contaminants. They lurk in our food, our furniture, our cleaning supplies, and our medicine cabinets. But what effect are they having on the most vulnerable among us—our children?
A cofounder of the Earth Science Women’s Network, Meredith Hastings is now a co-principal investigator on a $1.1 million National Science Foundation grant to combat sexual harassment on college campuses and in the field.
Chances are, the last time you were at the beach, ocean physics wasn't paramount on your mind. However, that glistening expanse of frothy blue is more than just a pretty sight. In fact, it is one of the biggest drivers of both weather and climate on Earth.
The Earth's climate is changing rapidly, and effects of this transition are evident on all scales. Despite the fact that most people acknowledge the reality of climate change, however, few appear to take meaningful action to combat it.
Mashapaug Pond, in southwest Providence, was once the site of a bustling industrial plant called the Gorham Manufacturing Company. From the late-19th century until the middle of the 21st, the Gorham factory churned out some of the country's finest silverware and bronze casts, all the while pumping large quantities of effluent into the soil and water.
Nature is full of surprising interactions between species. Whether it's by working together, avoiding each other, competing with one another, or making a meal out of one another, species are connected in a variety of ways.