Study settles prehistoric puzzle, finds carbon dioxide link to global warming 22 million years ago

Bonnie F. Jacobs

Study settles prehistoric puzzle, finds carbon dioxide link to global warming 22 million years ago

The modern link between high carbon levels and climate change didn’t appear to hold true for a time interval about 25 million years ago; but now a new study using a different methodology has found the link does indeed exist.

SMU 2015 research efforts broadly noted in a variety of ways for world-changing impact

SMU scientists and their research have a global reach that is frequently noted, beyond peer publications and media mentions. It was a good year for SMU faculty and student research efforts. Here's a small sampling of public and published acknowledgements during 2015, ranging from research modeling that made the cover of a scientific journal to research findings presented as evidence at government hearings.

Dallas Observer: SMU’s Bonnie Jacobs Is Searching for History Beyond Ancient in the Trinity River Bottoms

Bonnie Jacobs, Trinity Forest, Dallas ObserverThe Dallas Observer has covered the research of SMU paleobotanist Bonnie Jacobs, a professor in SMU's Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences. Jacobs is working with a team of SMU students and faculty who are collaborating with others in Dallas to understand the history of the area's Trinity River. The Observer article published June 26 as part of the Observer's profile of 20 of the metro area's most interesting characters in its Dallas Observer People Issue.

SMU contributes fossils, expertise to new Perot Museum in ongoing scientific collaboration

From dinosaurs to sea turtles, and from technical assistance to advisory roles, SMU faculty and students, the SMU Shuler Museum, and the SMU Innovation Gymnasium, team with the nation's new premier museum of nature and science. Fossils on loan by SMU to the new Perot Museum of Nature and Science include those of animals from an ancient sea that once covered Dallas.

National Geographic: Louis Jacobs, vertebrate paleontologist

National Geographic's has launched its new Explorers web site, which includes SMU paleontologist Louis L. Jacobs. The Explorers site acknowledges the work of the world's scientists whose research is made possible in part through funding from National Geographic.

D Magazine: Bonnie Jacobs and other “Dallas Big Thinkers”

Jacobs%2CBonnie%2C-DMag-2011%2C-250x183.jpgD Magazine journalist Dawn McMullan reported on the accomplishments of SMU paleobotanist Bonnie F. Jacobs in the monthly magazine's "Dallas' Big Thinkers" article, which published Sept. 21.

Jacobs, one of a handful of the world's experts on the fossil plants of ancient Africa, is part of a team of paleontologists hunting plant and animal fossils in Ethiopia's prolific Mush Valley, as well as elsewhere in Africa. Jacobs is an associate professor in SMU's Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences.

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