Geologist Stephen Sparks Wins 2015 Vetlesen Prize

Volcanoes can have multiple personalities, peaceful one minute, explosive the next. A geologist who has untangled these complicated states on land and at sea, improving our ability to see deadly eruptions coming, will receive the 2015 Vetlesen Prize. Stephen Sparks, a volcanologist at the University of Bristol, will be awarded a medal and $250,000 at a ceremony in New York in June. Considered the Nobel Prize of the earth sciences, the Vetlesen Prize is supported by the G. Unger Vetlesen Foundation and administered by Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

Photo Essay: Sleeping Giant off West Africa Awakes

In Portuguese, fogo means fire, and for hundreds of years, Fogo volcano in the Cape Verde islands off Senegal has lived up to its name. Nearly 20 years after its last eruption, Fogo awoke on November 26, 2014. Within a week, it had buried two villages under scorching lava, leaving 1,200 people homeless. Lamont-Doherty geologist Richardo Ramalho has been studying the geology of Fogo and its neighboring islands for more than a decade; he was in Cape Verde to monitor the eruption and help advise local officials. 

Mark Cane Selected as Oceanography Society Fellow

Congratulations to Mark Cane on becoming the newest Fellow of the Oceanography Society. Fellows are “individuals who have attained eminence in oceanography through their outstanding contributions to the field of oceanography or its applications during a substantial period of years.” An expert on El Niño, Cane has made signification contributions to the understanding and prediction of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and the tropical oceans and their effects on climate and society. He’ll be formally recognized at the Ocean Sciences Meeting in February. 

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