Department of Earth

FSU geologist available to discuss earthquake that hit Mexico’s Pacific coast

Mexico is dealing with the fallout of a powerful 7.6 magnitude earthquake that occurred near the Pacific coast on the anniversary of two previous tremors. Earthquakes occurred on Sept. 19 in both 1985 and 2017 in Mexico, killing thousands of people. Florida State University Professor of Geology James Tull is available to speak with reporters […]

FSU researchers find link between health outcomes and smoke from sugarcane fires

A new study from a Florida State University team estimates that sugarcane fires in South Florida emit harmful particulate matter in quantities comparable to motor vehicles and is a factor in mortality rates across the region. Their work is published in Environmental Health Perspectives, a peer-reviewed journal published by the National Institute of Environmental Health […]

FSU-led research team receives $9M from National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to improve forecasts of ocean currents

Florida State University researchers have received nearly $9 million from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Gulf Research Program to improve predictions of water currents in the Gulf of Mexico that impact critical oil and gas infrastructure, fisheries management, and extreme weather events as well as the spread of ocean pollution. The five-year […]

FSU atmospheric scientist earns NOAA award to improve tropical forecast modeling

A Florida State University researcher has received funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to improve the accuracy of tropical cyclone formation forecasting. Allison Wing, assistant professor of meteorology in the Department of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science, will use the three-year, $539,000 award to develop a new set of tools that identify tropical […]

Wave wash-over poses threat to endangered sea turtle nests and hatchlings

Waves breaking and hitting the shore are a familiar sight to any beachgoer, but these powerful acts of nature play a big role in whether sea turtle nests thrive in their coastal surroundings.   Researchers from the Florida State University Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science have found that powerful ocean waves pose a significant threat to sea turtle nests, […]