For Brandon Shuck, the Friday before Spring Break was the day it finally sunk in that everything was about to change. Earlier that day, classes had been cancelled following the shocking news that the wife of The University of Texas at Austin’s president had tested positive for COVID-19. Still, Shuck, and a handful of students […]
The UTIG Geophysics Blog
Stories and updates from the University of Texas Institute for Geophysics.
It’s mid-March on the Texas prairie outside the city of Cameron. Peter Flemings, a professor at the Jackson School of Geosciences, watches the rig hands lower the prototype sensor into the well. The counter still reads 1,000 feet from bottom when the thick steel cable suddenly goes slack. Moments later a dull clang echoes across […]
By Dillon Buhl Dillon Buhl is a UTIG polar research engineering associate with four Antarctic research expeditions under his belt. His latest trip to investigate a massive melting glacier in West Antarctica, ended not long before social distancing measures began in the U.S. Here, he compares his experiences in the field with quarantine. I’ve been […]
By Arianne Snyder Brooke Kopecky is an environmental geologist currently working at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). She has a degree in geological sciences from the Jackson School and from 2017 to 2019, worked as a student research assistant in UTIG’s climate group. At TCEQ, she works in a project manager role, helping […]
UTIG polar researchers Dillon Buhl, Anja Rutishauser and Natalie Wolfenbarger joined colleagues in West Antarctica to conduct vital surveys of one of the most unstable glaciers on Earth. The team are part of LIONESS, an international collaboration between The University of Texas at Austin, Montana State University and the Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI), which […]