A team of researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology, led by professor Kim Cobb, spent two weeks on Christmas Island in early November conducting photographic surveys of the corals there and installing devices to capture data on environmental conditions, such as temperature. While there, they discovered that 50 to 90 percent of the corals they observed had bleached, thanks to the warm-water effects of El Niño. Even more concerning, up to 30 percent were already dead at some sites.
Congratulations to Pamela Grothe, a Ph.D. student in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, on winning 3rd place as well as being chosen as the “People's Choice” in the inaugural Georgia Tech "Three-minute thesis" (3MT®) competition.
Professor Webster is receiving this award in recognition for 'making an outstanding contribution to furthering the Earth and space sciences and using science for the benefit of society in developing nations.' As AGU President Margaret Leinen expressed on her recognition letter. The International Award is given to one honoree (individual scientist, group, or small team) annually.
Graduate student James Hite, advised by Dr. Athanasios Nenes, has received a NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) for his application entitled “Quantifying Organic Aerosol Volatility and Its Relationship to Composition, Hygroscopicity, and Other Properties”. James is one of 64 recipients in Earth Science.
From NASA – “Many of the previous recipients of the NASA Earth System Science (ESS) Fellowship Program since 1990 have emerged as leaders in our community. Thus, being selected for an NESSF award is a real mark of distinction”.