2017 is turning out to be a very good year for MU’s Department of Geological Sciences. The department is in the process of installing the first micro-CT scanner on campus, which will allow researchers across campus to analyze samples three-dimensionally without destroying them, as well as a highly customized scanning electron microscope.
As paleobiology graduate students, Jim Schiffbauer and John Huntley shared research projects, laughs and a tiny office at Virginia Tech. A decade later, they’re both MU assistant professors, and … not much has changed. They still collaborate. They still laugh a lot. And they’re still in close proximity, with adjacent (though larger) offices. One addition: star protégé Tara Selly, MS ’15, a doctoral candidate with a penchant for investigating the biology and ecology of the fossil record.
Columbia, Mo. (May 20, 2016) – The Department of Geological Sciences is delighted to host the thirteenth PACROFI conference at the University of Missouri from May 24-26, 2016.
The biennial PACROFI (Pan-American Current Research on Fluid Inclusions) conference series has been a leading international forum for the presentation of research on fluid and melt inclusions. We anticipate a vibrant meeting of ~ 70 researchers from academia, industry, and government.
Columbia, Mo (May 13, 2016) – Assistant Professor James Schiffbauer (http://paleo.missouri.edu/people/schiffbauer.shtml) of the Department of Geological Sciences has been named to receive the 2016 MU Provost’s Outstanding Junior Faculty Research Award. The award recognizes faculty, who are in the early phases of their careers, for superior research and creative activity on the MU campus.
Researchers who study evidence of predatory behavior in the fossil record generally look for drill holes, repair scars, bite marks, and other signs of predation in fossilized skeletons. But a team of researchers at the University of Missouri has found fossil “snapshots” of predators caught in the act of feeding on their prey.
Noel Bartlow, an assistant professor in the department of geological sciences, is interested in earthquakes that take a long time to occur. The focus of her research is slow slip events, or what are referred to as “slow earthquakes,” earthquakes that can last from a few days up to a year.
In 2004, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) launched a robotic spacecraft aboard a Delta II rocket to study the chemical composition, geology, and magnetic field of the planet Mercury.