A newsletter of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University | Spring 2017 Issue

Roberta Marinelli It's hard to believe that the 2016-2017 academic year is almost over. With the finish line in sight, we are celebrating the graduation of an accomplished class — the thinkers, visionaries, scientists and problem-solvers who will work tirelessly to advance knowledge and take on environmental challenges. And we eagerly anticipate the continued achievement of faculty and students as they embark upon the summer research season.

This issue of Elements is about our students in action, like Zoe Kilmer and her field research in Alaska to investigate a shrinking glacier and uncover what it will mean for our future climate. Or Sean Mahaffey and Lacey Gunther, who are untangling how changes in sea ice will impact wintertime krill, an important food source for the Antarctic ecosystem.

Our students, past and present, are our legacy and future. As alumni, supporters and friends, thank you for building a strong foundation upon which we stand, and move forward.

Kind regards,

Roberta Marinelli
Dean and Professor
College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

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Zoe Kilmer
A Glacier in Retreat
Environmental Sciences student Zoe Kilmer spent a week in the field near Columbia Glacier in Alaska to learn why the glacier is retreating.


Lacey Gunther
A Time to Krill
Undergraduate students gain real-world skills on Antarctic cruise to study small (but important) crustaceans.


Seeing Climate Science with New Light
A new field course in the Climate Science option challenges students to explore regional climate.

Alumni Feature

Jeremy Hoffman
So, Let's Talk About Climate Change
CEOAS alumnus Jeremy Hoffman (Ph.D. '16) gets real on the art of science communication and talking about climate change.

Got an alumni story worth sharing? Tell us what you've been up to! Connect with our Alumni Relations Director.

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