Dr. Patrick Douglas Shirey Comments on Rare Plant Poaching Case

Dr. Patrick Douglas Shirey authored a study on the commercial trade of federally listed threatened and endangered plants, which led a reporter from the Honolulu Civil Beat to reach out to him for comment on a case where more than a dozen plants worth over $5,000 were stolen from Hui Ku Maoli Ola Native Plant Nursery.

Professor Capo Recognized as GSA Fellow

Dr. Rosemary Capo, G&ES faculty member and Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies for the Dietrich School, was recently honored with a Society Fellowship from the Geological Society of America. Her nomination reads: “Recognized for her high-impact, creative, and technically-demanding research applying solute and isotope chemistry to fundamental and applied problems in geosciences; self-less and successful mentoring of geoscience students and junior faculty; and skilled and dedicated leadership in professional organizations.More information.

Congratulations to Ph.D. Student Ian Flynn!

Ian was selected for the NASA Science Mission Design School. The program is designed to prepare the next generation of scientists for participation and leadership in space science missions. The program is run out of the Jet Propulsion Laboratories (JPL).  He was also the Graduate Student Grand Prize Winner for the EnerGIS Scholarship. The prize is $2000.  

Graduate student Kristi Dobra awarded DOD SMART Scholarship

Ph.D. student Kristi Dobra was awarded the Department of Defense Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation Scholarship. This highly competitive award provides students with full tuition for up to five years, summer internships, a stipend and full-time employment with the Department of Defense after graduation. Ms. Dobra, who has a B.S. in Geology from Temple University and a M.S. in Soil and Water Science from the University of Florida, currently works at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Pittsburgh. She plans to focus her research on the environmental geochemistry of Appalachian waterways.

Congrats to the Collaboratory Leadership Team!

The Collaboratory Leadership team (Emily Elliott, Daniel Bain, Eitan Shelef, Eric Perry, and Megan Guy) are the recipients of the 2021 Pitt Momentum Funds Teaming Grant for our project, Transcending Disciplines to Advance Regional Water Equity.

Robert "Max" Winn (Pro-MS '20) was selected by the ASCE-Geo-Institute Judges

Alumnus Robert "Max" Winn was selected to make his presentation "Characterizing the Development of the Subsidence Basin Formed under the Interstate-70 Alignment over Longwall Mining of the Tunnel Ridge Mine, Washington County, Pa" at the Pittsburgh Geological Society's during their 18th Annual Student Night. 

Congrats to graduate student Elijah Hall!

Elijah Hall received a grant for NSF GRFP Grant, Titled: Nutrient Sources Fueling Harmful Algal Blooms on the Allegheny Reservoir.

Plogging for Mental Health Event

One of the groups in the Sustainability course is working on a project based on the environmental and mental health of the Pitt community – a plogging 5K fundraiser event. See attached flyer.

Plogging is a fitness trend that started in Sweden, and is a combination of running/walking and picking up trash along the way. The group wants to emphasize the connection between fitness and mental health, while helping the environment. The event is COVID-safe and has quite a few guidelines, which can be found on the race website.

They have an Instagram, @pitt_plogging, with lots more information and have started registration for the 5K. Anyone, including faculty, staff, and students can sign up even if you’re not in Pittsburgh.


December 2020 Graduates

Congrats to all of our December 2020 graduates!  What a time to finish your college career, best of luck in all you do in the future!