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2015

Alex Sehlke emerging from a lava tube on Hawaii.

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.

Page Quinton verified evidence suggesting carbon dioxide decreased significantly at the end of the Ordovician Period

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Making predictions about climate variability often means looking to the past to find trends. Now paleoclimate researchers from the University of Missouri have found clues in exposed bedrock alongside an Alabama highway that could help forecast climate variability.

Dr. Miriam Barquero-Molina, field camp director, cuts the ribbon to open the new bridge over the Popo Agie river

The Department and everyone associated with Field Camp is very grateful to the many alumni and friends who helped us to raise more than $250,000 for the new vehicular bridge, which was installed at Camp Branson in May 2015, just in time for the start of camp.

Prof. Bill Johns

William D. Johns was born in Waynesburg, PA on November 2, 1925. He received his AB from Wooster college in 1947, and his MS and PhD from the University of Illinois in 1951 and 1952. He worked at the Illinois Engineering Experiment Station from 1949 to 1955, then moved to Washington University in St. Louis, where he was department chairman from 1962 to 1969. He achieved national recognition for his research in clay mineralogy.

Specimens from the study show “pits” from parasites. (Credit: John Warren Huntley)

To find clues to the future effects of possible climate change, a paleobiologist has turned to ancient mollusk fossils. John Huntley's study of clams from the Holocene Epoch, which began 11,700 years ago, indicates that current sea level rise may mimic the same conditions that led to an upsurge in parasitic trematodes, or flatworms, he found from that time.

When seeking clues about the future effects of possible climate change, sometimes scientists look to the past. Now, a paleobiologist from the University of Missouri has found indications of a greater risk of parasitic infection due to climate change in ancient mollusk fossils.

2014

The Cambrian Period is a time when most phyla of marine invertebrates first appeared in the fossil record. Also dubbed the "Cambrian explosion," fossilized records from this time provide glimpses into evolutionary biology when the world's ecosystems rapidly changed and diversified. Most fossils show the organisms' skeletal structure, which may or may not give researchers accurate pictures of these prehistoric organisms.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – A new study from University of Missouri and Virginia Tech researchers is challenging accepted ideas about how ancient soft-bodied organisms become part of the fossil record. Findings suggest that bacteria involved in the decay of those organisms play an active role in how fossils are formed—often in a matter of just a few tens to hundreds of years.

A new study from University of Missouri and Virginia Tech researchers is challenging accepted ideas about how ancient soft-bodied organisms become part of the fossil record. Findings suggest that bacteria involved in the decay of those organisms play an active role in how fossils are formed - often in a matter of just a few tens to hundreds of years. Understanding the relationship between decay and fossilization will inform future study and help researchers interpret fossils in a new way.

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