Earth and Oceanographic Science

Bowdoin’s LaVigne Awarded Research Funds to Lead Study of Gulf of Maine Acidity

The project is sharing in a near-million dollar grant to study Maine’s coastline and ocean. The funds were awarded by the Maine Sea Grant College Program.

Eleven Faculty Members Promoted with Tenure

From plate tectonics to molecular ecology, from the history of jazz to Asian Communism, from game theory to the French Revolution, the candidates span a wide variety of subjects.

Michael Wolovick ’09 Proposes ‘Radical’ Solution to Curb Sea-level Rise

Michael Wolovick ’09, a glaciology postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University, is investigating whether it might be possible to geo-engineer a solution to prevent the collapse of massive glaciers and fend off catastrophic sea-level rise.

Madeleine King ’19 Spends Thanksgiving At Sea, Down Under

King is carrying out environmental research during a six-week voyage in New Zealand waters with a group of undergraduates from throughout the US.

Pioneering Deep Sea Research by Serrato Marks ’15 Published in Academic Journal

Paper showing how deep sea conditions can be affected by climate change is published in the journal ‘Paleoceanography.’ Serrato Marks is currently enrolled in a PhD program at the MIT/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute joint program.

Solving an Earth-Sized Puzzle: Bowdoin Goes to Iceland

Twenty students and four faculty members from the Earth and Oceanographic Science Department trekked to Iceland for ten days early in the summer, where they immersed themselves in field research into the earth, the sea, and the atmosphere — and the connections among them.

The Giant Stairs of Bailey Island: An Evolving Outdoor Classroom

At the narrow end of Bailey’s Island in Harpswell, a series of dark, blocky stones are laid out one on top of another, like a huge staircase leading down to the sea. Known as the Giant Stairs, they’ve long been a favorite destination for Bowdoin scientists and students because they’re a curious anomaly set within the flaky rust-gray metamorphic rock around them.

Peat Bogs That May Contain Important Climate Change Indicators

Phil Camill is part of a research team looking to unearth crucial evidence that could help us understand how fast climate change could progress in the future. The clues could be in the peatlands of northern Canada, formed thousands of years ago.