Peatlands, which make up 3 percent of Earth’s total land area, are known by a number of names — moors, mires, bogs, swamps and portions of permafrost tundra. They also store a significant amount of the Earth’s carbon. A research team from Florida State University and Georgia Institute of Technology are paying close attention to these complicated systems because they’ve found that the warming Earth is stimulating complex ecosystem changes with the end result of even more greenhouse gases being released into the air.
Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science
Sea turtles have existed on Earth for more than 100 million years. But today, most species of these oceangoing reptiles are threatened or endangered.
For the past two weeks, a cargo ship has been burning off the coast of Sri Lanka filled with several tons of plastic pellets loaded with toxic chemicals. According to Sri Lanka’s Marine Protection Authority, this is “one of the worst beach pollutions in our history.” Ian MacDonald, a professor in the Florida State University Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science, is available to discuss the environmental impact of the event.
A love of science and policy and an awareness of environmental inequities inspired rising Florida State University junior Abril Hunter to pursue the Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
This is EOAS' new building: Construction advances! State-of-the-art classrooms, research and teaching labs. Two gifts of equipment for the building have been made by prominent scientists, including a SmartFlower solar device donated by Dr. Winchester and a state-of-the-art digital seismometer given by Dr. Robert Hutt.
New research shows that concentrations of the toxic element mercury in rivers and fjords connected to the Greenland Ice Sheet are comparable to rivers in industrial China, an unexpected finding that is raising questions about the effects of glacial melting in an area that is a major exporter of seafood.
Florida State University researchers have more insight into a strange sea creature found in oceans around the world and what their presence means for the health of a marine ecosystem.
Peter Morton is a visiting assistant researcher of oceanography in the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science, part of the College of Arts and Sciences.
A Florida State University atmospheric scientist has received funding from NASA to conduct critical research on tropical cyclone development aimed at improving accuracy of storm forecasts.
Each year, many shark species migrate hundreds of miles, traversing ocean waters to return to the same spot year after year. Now, Florida State University researchers have found that sharks likely use the Earth’s magnetic fields to help guide them on these long-distance journeys.
Alyssa Atwood is an assistant professor in the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science, part of the College of Arts and Sciences. Atwood has taught courses in oceanography and meteorology since joining FSU in 2019.
Florida State faculty are among the world leaders in the study of hurricanes. From forecasting to insurance to ecological aftermath, FSU experts are available to discuss the many ways these storms impact people, property and the environment. These faculty members are available to answer media questions and provide perspective for news stories throughout the 2021 hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through Nov. 30.