The Department of Environmental Sciences is sad to announce that Professor Joseph (Jay) Zieman passed away on Sunday, March 29, 2015. Jay Zieman joined the Environmental Sciences faculty in 1971 and pursued his passion for coastal environments through research and teaching over the next forty plus years. Jay’s research on aquatic plants, especially seagrasses, is well known. His studies were wide ranging covering topics from the impacts of thermal pollution to the analysis of population genetics. Jay supported and encouraged students and over forty completed graduate degrees under
What is the Anthropocene? A new geological era marked in the rock and sediment records of the earth? If so the start of the Anthropocene might be dated from 1945 when nuclear explosions left an indelible mark akin to past geological transitions. But is this the true beginning of the era of human domination implied by the word? William Ruddiman, Professor Emeritus of Environmental Sciences, argues “no” in Science magazine (link below). He and his colleagues note human transformation of the earth dates back thousands even tens of thousands of years.