Earth and Oceanographic Science

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.

For First-Years with a Scientific Orientation, Bowdoin Offers Crash Course

The Bowdoin Science Experience is designed to, in just three and a half days, “give [incoming students] a crash course in how this place works,” chemistry lecturer Michael Danahy explained. He oversees the program, which is one of the orientation trip options students can select to kick off their Bowdoin education.

Sam Brody ’92 Shares Houston Flooding Insight on NBC Nightly News

Sam Brody ’92, director of the Center for Texas Beaches and Shores at Texas A&M University, was part of NBC Nightly News coverage of the flooding in Houston, Texas.

Zoe Borenstein ’18 Peers Into History to Better Understand Ocean Acidification

Using clues they detect in the chemical composition of shells — which can indicate how ocean pH, salinity, and water temperatures have changed over time — they are trying to reconstruct the Gulf of Maine’s climate history.

‘Maine’s Most Unique Geological Exhibit’ To Honor Arthur M. Hussey

Director of the Maine Mineral & Gem Museum Barbra Barrett said Hussey “inspired all of us to think bigger, to be better and to collect a lot more rocks.”

A Bowdoin Investigation: Can a Maine Marsh Survive Rising Seas?

Eventually, with the data they will have collected, they will forecast whether the marsh, after thriving for approximately 5,000 years, can survive the coming acceleration of climate change.

Peter Lea Discusses Larsen C Ice Shelf

An iceberg the size of Delaware recently broke away from western Antarctica and is now floating in the ocean. While, without doubt, a major event, said Associate Professor of Earth and Oceanographic Science Peter Lea, it was not unexpected. “The crack in the Larsen C ice shelf had been growing for ten years, so it was a question of when, not if, the break-off, or ‘calving’ as it’s known, would happen.”

Bowdoin and the Environment: Students Experience Iceland in the Making

Earth and Oceanographic Science professor Collin Roesler offers a glimpse of what she, three other Bowdoin faculty, and 20 Bowdoin students experienced on a recent scientific trip to Iceland.