Field Photo Friday

A busy scene at the installation of a seismic station at Kalo Primary School, Malawi. Outside of installing the actual seismic sensor, the most complex part of installing these stations is securing the GPS clock and solar panel to the roof as can be seen on the left hand side of the image. Thanks to grad student Natalie Accardo for the photo! Visit the State of the Planet to learn more about this research. 

Graduate student Natalie Accardo recently returned from Tanzania and Malawi, where she installed seismic instruments alongside scientists Donna Shillington and Jim Gaherty. Natalie produced this video, which shows the scientists and their Tanzanian colleagues conducting a “stomp test” at one of their sites in the Tanzanian village of Manda. Learn more about their research on the State of the Planet blog and the project website.

Throwback Thursday

The founding director of Lamont, Maurice “Doc” Ewing, reviews seismic data on the research vessel Atlantis during a 1948 expedition. Ewing led more than 50 research cruises during his career, wrote or cowrote over 300 scientific papers and trained more than 200 graduate students. He also developed and improved many techniques and instruments for collecting geological and geophysical data at sea.

The 2014 Climate Models Calendar, produced by Lamont’s Rebecca Fowler and IRI’s Francesco Fiondella, is featured in an Earth Magazine story on the use of crowdfunding to support scientific research and outreach. A successful Kickstarter campaign helped launch the calendar; in the article Fowler and Fiondella say, “The great thing about crowdfunding is that it comes with an audience, and on Kickstarter, we found an incredibly engaged audience, outside of our usual choir.”



A new novel by Lamont earthquake expert Chris Scholz was published last week. The protagonist of Stick-Slip is a retired earthquake expert who discovers that in less than a year, a huge earthquake will occur along the Pacific Northwest’s Cascadia subduction zone. Described as a high-stakes thriller, we encourage science enthusiasts to check out this fun foray into fiction from the seismologist who brought us “The Mechanics of Earthquakes and Faulting.”

Summer Intern Poster Day


Congratulations and farewell to our cohort of undergraduate interns! Today the students wrapped up their 10 weeks at the Observatory by presenting their research to friends, family and the Lamont community. Students worked alongside our scientists in the lab and field, investigating a wide range of topics in Earth and ocean science, from how temperature has changed over the past 12,000 years in the high Arctic, to the ways in which future climate variability and change may impact water resources and ecosystems across western North America. Check out more photos from the day on our Facebook page.