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Harnessing data science to understand Earth’s subsurface

The Stanford Natural Gas Initiative hosts the first big data workshop for students and industry leaders on data science techniques for better understanding and managing subsurface resources.

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Sustainable Harvest teams up with Stanford University to launch class

Experts Pamela Matson, former dean of Stanford’s School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences, and Julia Novy-Hildesley, a professor in the Change Leadership for Sustainability program, will lead a two-and-a-half-day seminar in Palo Alto, California.

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Scott Fendorf co-authors working paper on CA groundwater

A new white paper aims to help groundwater sustainability agencies and local communities avoid inadvertently contaminating supplies as they change management practices to comply with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA).

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Geological sciences alumna receives GSA award

Kimberly Lau, PhD '16, has been named the 2019 Doris M. Curtis Outstanding Woman in Science by the Geological Society of America. Lau's award is based on the impact of her dissertation research, which she conducted as an advisee of Jon Payne and Kate Maher.

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Gabrielle Wong-Parodi receives NAS early-career award

The assistant professor of Earth system science has been awarded a 2019 Early-Career Research Fellowship by the National Academies' Gulf Research Program.

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Stanford geomathematician John W. Harbaugh, dies at 92

Harbaugh, former chair of the Department of Geology, was a foundational figure in mathematical geology and active in campus leadership. He died July 28 at age 92.

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Stanford’s Strategic Energy Alliance adds Shell as fourth founding member

Shell is now a member of The Alliance, a research program in collaboration with industry to accelerate the transition to affordable, low-carbon, secure energy systems around the world. 

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Cardinal Course Highlight: Science of Soils

In Spring 2019, 31 students in Scott Fendorf’s Science of Soils course (EARTHSYS 155/ESS 155) worked in teams at eight different sites in East Palo Alto, Redwood City, Palo Alto, Pescadero and the Stanford campus. They dug soil pits, took samples and analyzed them in the lab.

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Stanford experts explain oceans’ role in solving food insecurity

"Oceans provide an alternative source of protein to beef or chicken, and can create more resilience in the overall food system,"  says Roz Naylor about meeting food demand in a world affected by climate change.

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Daniel Tartakovsky awarded by France-Stanford Center For Interdisciplinary Studies

The ERE professor is collaborating with the University of Montpellier to study how newly developed subsurface temperature experiments can improve our ability to identify major fractures and estimate their properties. 

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12 class recommendations for fall quarter

George Hilley's class, EARTH 42: Landscapes and Tectonics of the San Francisco Bay Area, made the Stanford Daily's list of 12 class recommendations for fall quarter.

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Kickstarting solutions: Stanford Earth researchers receive 2019 Woods grants

Stanford Earth's David Lobell, Rob Jackson, Erik Sperling, Dustin Schroeder, Sally Benson, Roz Naylor, Michael Machala, Rosemary Knight and Kate Maher have received funding for interdisciplinary research to solve major environmental problems.

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Oceans, design-thinking and diplomats: A fresh approach at the UN

E-IPER PhD student Andrew Hume is participating in design thinking approaches to help solve issues of overfishing, climate change and ocean pollution for small island states.

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Gabrielle Wong-Parodi receives early career award

The assistant professor of Earth system science has received an early career faculty award to research the physical and mental health consequences of environmental coastal threats in the Gulf of Mexico.

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How to keep the next generation of farmers in business

Roz Naylor, the William Wrigley Professor of Earth System Science, recently gave a keynote presentation on the path toward a more profitable future at an agricultural symposium hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. 

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