Volcano Pants: The Latest Fashion Trend from MU Geologists and a Graduate Student

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 8:49am -- yountj
MU students field test "volcano pants" in Colorado

Stuart Kenderes and Brenna Halverson, doctoral students in the MU Department of Geological Sciences, field test "volcano pants" created by Abby Romine, a master's student in Textile and Apparel Management, during a recent research trip to Colorado.

What do you wear when exploring a volcano?

This is a question that professors and students in the MU Department of Geological Sciences face regularly.


Ice Volcanoes in Outer Space

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 8:49am -- yountj
Geology doctoral student Aaron Morrison

Geology doctoral student Aaron Morrison eventually will go the Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena to expand upon the experiments he will begin at MU studying the rheology of cryovolcanoes.

We are all familiar with the terrestrial or rocky planets in our solar system—Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, as well as a number of terrestrial satellites such as our moon or Jupiter’s moon, Io, but far less is known about the icy water worlds that populate our solar system. Since the late 1980s, spacecraft such as Voyager 2, Galileo, Cassini, Dawn, and New Horizons have revealed images of many of these water worlds, including Jupiter’s moon Europa, Saturn’s moons Enceladus and Titan, and Neptune’s moon Triton.


Rise of the Trematodes

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 1:57pm -- yountj
Assistant Professor of Geological Sciences John Huntley

On his most recent trip to Italy, Assistant Professor John Huntley discovered a connection between sea-level rise and trematode prevalence on a much shorter time scale than previous findings.

As the warming planet continues to cause sea levels to rise, new research suggests rising seas eventually could prove detrimental to human health. John Huntley, an assistant professor of paleobiology in the department of geological sciences at MU, has just published his first paper stemming from research he conducted as a senior visiting fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Bologna, Italy, last summer.

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The 500 Million Year Rise of ‘Bullies’

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 8:46am -- yountj
Assistant Professor of Geological Sciences John Huntley

Assistant Professor of Geological Sciences John Huntley says, "Our work gives new insight into the question of whether or how ecological processes, the daily struggle for life, influence macroevolutionary processes in deep time, which is a significant question still being examined.”

COLUMBIA, Mo. --- The drill holes left in fossil shells by hunters such as snails and slugs show marine predators have grown steadily bigger and more powerful over time but stuck to picking off small prey, rather than using their added heft to pursue larger quarry, new research shows.


The Early Trilobite Gets the Worm

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 3:39pm -- yountj
Tara Selly

Researchers who study evidence of predatory behavior in the fossil record generally look for drill holes, repair scars, bite marks, and other signs of predation in fossilized skeletons.  But a team of researchers at the University of Missouri has found fossil “snapshots” of predators caught in the act of feeding on their prey. Assistant Professor of Geological Sciences Jim Schiffbauer says predation is a significant factor in evolution, and this discovery represents one of the earliest examples of sophisticated predatory behavior.

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