University of Michigan EARTH eNews: April 2020

Dear Alumni and Friends,
As you may imagine, it’s been a busy time in Ann Arbor, as it has everywhere else. Social distancing, remote learning, and the ever-present Zoom meeting have become the new normal. The hard work of faculty, students, and staff has gotten us to a place where we can continue the Department’s core mission safely. We thank everyone for their patience, perseverance, and willingness to adapt. If you have news to share in these eNewsletters or the Department's printed newsletter, please let us know by emailing us at

Sincerely, Adam Simon and Kacey Lohmann

Remote Class Offerings for Spring and Summer Half-terms

The present situation requires that classes for Spring and Summer half terms be moved online-including field courses that would ordinarily be taught at Camp Davis. These courses will allow prospective students to complete introductory prerequisites to our major, and will offer our majors an opportunity to complete core course requirements and satisfy College ULWR and QR requirements. 

Spring and Summer Half Term Courses:

Remote Field Methods Courses:


Michigan Stadium Seismometer Captures Eerie Quiet During Pandemic

Professors Jeroen Ritsema and Ben van der Pluijm of the University of Michigan Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences are using a portable digital seismometer in the football stadium, and one on U-M’s Central Campus, to study the reduction in ground-motion noise following the cancellation of in-person U-M classes March 11 and the Michigan governor’s March 23 stay-at-home executive order, which took effect the following day.

Image credit: U-M Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Thomas Lecocq, Frederick Massin, and Paula Koelemeijer

Read more at Michigan News

Remote Career Panels

Dr. Jessica Velasquez and Dr. Cianna Wyshnyzky joined us on Friday, April 10 to talk about career paths in natural resources and natural hazards modeling. This is part of the graduate-student-led series held on the second and last Friday of every month during Winter term 2020.

Rackham Fellowships

This year, our Department nominated 4 candidates and received 4 Rackham Predoctoral Fellowships. A record for our Department! Please join us in congratulating our new Predoctoral Fellows: Jennifer Bowen, Alessio Capobianco, Sooyeon Kim, and James Saulsbury! Well done! We are proud of you!


Graduate Rackham International (GRIN) is bridging the gap between international students at UM and the alumni who were international students during their education at UM via a Linkedin group. This is intended to provide professional development, knowledge transfer, and role models to the students especially in these uncertain times. If you are a Linkedin user, check out:

Geoscience News

Shutdowns have affected many regular services-including those that produce and mail our annual printed newsletter. For those who just can’t wait for their alumni news, we’ve placed a low-resolution copy at:

More news, events, and general interest articles can be found on the department web site. You can follow the field trips, research, and Camp Davis on Twitter and Instagram

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