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… Continue Reading Brewinar: Staying Social Under Lockdown
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… Continue Reading Pressure Coring Technology One Step Closer to Gulf of Mexico Hydrates Test
Global warming is approaching a tipping point that during this century could reawaken an ancient climate pattern similar to El Niño in the Indian Ocean, new research led by scientists from The University of Texas at Austin has found. If it comes to pass, floods, storms and drought are likely to worsen and become more… Continue Reading Climate Change Could Reawaken Indian Ocean El Niño
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… Continue Reading What spending a season in Antarctica can tell you about self-isolation
With cities around the world in lockdown, scientists could take advantage of the sudden drop in background seismicity to investigate fault zones near urban centers. UTIG research scientist associate, Rob Porritt, helped the Houston Chronicle investigate exactly what’s going on, and how useful that might be in Texas.