Geology Undergraduate and Post Doc featured in Paleobiology Newsletter

The Fossil Record Current geology undergraduate, Myria Perez (page 4+), and form Post Doc, Dr. Ellen Currano (page 1+) are featured in The Department of Paleobiology Newsletter.         

By | 2017-10-13T06:44:15+00:00 October 13th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Graduate News, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Geology Undergraduate and Post Doc featured in Paleobiology Newsletter

Heather DeShon, Earth Sciences, new study finds that the fault that produced North Texas’ largest quake could produce an even bigger one

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: September 25, 2017 The  town that experienced a 4-magnitude earthquake in May 2015 — the strongest quake ever recorded in North Texas  — sits on a fault with the potential to produce an event 10 times larger,  suggests a new study led by scientists at Southern Methodist University. The report also concluded there was “substantial evidence” that the quake, near the Johnson County town of Venus, was triggered by the underground disposal of wastewater from oil and gas operations. The study was the latest to investigate North Texas’ earthquake surge, which began in 2008 and has generated more than 200 tremors. The most recent widely felt event was a 3.1-magnitude quake that struck near the border of Irving and Dallas on Aug. 25. READ [...]

By | 2017-09-26T08:03:38+00:00 September 26th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Faculty News|Comments Off on Heather DeShon, Earth Sciences, new study finds that the fault that produced North Texas’ largest quake could produce an even bigger one

Researchers ask, how did that leaf get so big?

Dallas Innovates Originally Poster: September 22, 2017 The work of Southern Methodist University paleobotanist Bonnie F. Jacobs to help crack the mystery of leaf size recently got some recognition in Australian Geographic. Jacobs, a professor in SMU’s Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences, worked with a team of international researchers from — the United Kingdom, Canada, Argentina, Estonia, Spain, China, and the U.S. — and their work was published earlier this month as a cover story in Science. The team looked at 7,600 plant species over the past 20 years and pooled and analyzed the data with new theory in the field. Their goal is to create equations that can predict the maximum viable leaf size anywhere in the world based on two factors — daytime overheating and night-time freezing. That [...]

By | 2017-09-24T19:19:10+00:00 September 24th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Faculty News|Comments Off on Researchers ask, how did that leaf get so big?

SMU alumnus and paleontologist Thomas Adams discovers new prehistoric crocodile

Rivard Report Originally Posted: September 7, 2017 As a paleontologist and the Witte Museum‘s curator of paleontology and geology, Thomas Adams sees his job as being something of an interpreter. “We want to tell the Texas narrative because there’s a story to be told,” Adams said. “It’s already written in rocks. We just need to translate it.” For Adams, some of that translation is informed by his own discoveries. He has unearthed a new species of prehistoric crocodile, one he named Deltasuchus motherali and outlined in a recent scholarly article. The species was about 20 feet in length and a top predator in the food chain when it roamed Texas millions of years ago. Adams, along with co-authors Chris Noto at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and Stephanie Drumheller-Horton at [...]

By | 2017-09-12T07:00:17+00:00 September 12th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Graduate News, Institute for the Study of Earth and Man|Comments Off on SMU alumnus and paleontologist Thomas Adams discovers new prehistoric crocodile

How scientists (including an SMU Dedman College seismologist) monitor North Korea’s nuclear tests

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: September 8, 2017 At 9:30 p.m. Central time last Saturday, detectors around the world picked up signs of a massive explosion in the vicinity of North Korea's nuclear test site. The country claimed, for the second time in less than two years, that it had successfully detonated a hydrogen bomb, a weapon far more powerful than the bombs dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II. The last time North Korea said it had a hydrogen bomb, in January 2016, experts quickly dismissed its claim. This time, some say it's a possibility. "The magnitude of this event is bigger than any U.S. or Russian test since the early '70s," said Brian Stump, a seismologist at Southern Methodist University, which operates [...]

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SMU Student Senate is raising funds for disaster relief through their Help for Houston campaign

In support of all who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey, the SMU Student Senate is raising funds for disaster relief through their Help for Houston campaign. The campaign will be accepting donations through this Saturday. Please consider donating:  https://giving.smu.edu/disaster-relief/?utm_campaign=%2Fhelpforhouston

By | 2017-08-30T14:10:16+00:00 August 30th, 2017|Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Earth Sciences, Economics, English, Events, History, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Sociology (Student), Statistical Science, World Languages and Literatures|Comments Off on SMU Student Senate is raising funds for disaster relief through their Help for Houston campaign

Watch: The 2017-18 School Year Starts at SMU

SMU News Originally Posted: August 27, 2017 Welcome to a new year on the Hilltop. Watch remarks by SMU officials, various events, move-in day and behind-the-scenes preparations  for school's start. Watch  

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