From Luke Fisher, UM BRIDGES Trainee:
Analyzing the concentration of the cosmogenic nuclide, 10Be, in river sediments is a tool frequently used by geomorphologists to quantify basin wide erosion rates over thousand-year timescales. This is a technique that has not been widely applied to large...
University of Montana graduate student Isabellah von Trapp recently received an Outstanding Student Presentation Award at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union.
Researchers in the Geosciences Department at the University of Montana received a $750,000 NASA EPSCoR grant to develop and apply remote sensing technologies and in order to provide insight into the resiliency of Montana’s agricultural system to drought, and to understand the impact of...
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