16 April 2020

Early life at MIT and on Earth

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Early life at MIT and on Earth

Undergraduate Juliana Drozd looks for the synthesis of a “sunscreen” pigment in microbes and experiences the struggles of a budding scientist. by Fernanda Ferreira | MIT Science Writing “This is my first time doing this without supervision,” Juliana Drozd said as she squirted ethanol on the lab bench and wiped it clean. “We’ll be fine,” […]

27 March 2020

Timing the Speed of Life

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Timing the Speed of Life

Somewhere between 2.3 and 2.5 billion years ago, the Earth experienced a monumental atmospheric shift, setting the stage for complex life to emerge. EAPS researchers are looking for markers in the rock record providing clues as to how and why—and exactly when. By Fatima Husain The accumulation of oxygen in the Earth’s atmosphere marks the […]

15 February 2020

Ainara Sistiaga interviewed for #STEMStories

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Ainara Sistiaga interviewed for #STEMStories

Excerpt: “I always liked history and human evolution, the mysteries of our history were my passion as a kid, but also liked a lot nature and Earth history. In college I decided to study history, with a major in Prehistory. From my freshman year I joined a archaeological excavation on Neanderthals. There I discovered you […]

18 November 2019

Ring by Ring

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Ring by Ring

A collaboration of current and former EAPS researchers reveals the genes that enable GDGTs to cyclize  by Fatima Husain Nestled within sediments that accumulate in marine environments, a certain class of molecule-sized fossils sneakily record surface water temperature changes over time. For almost two decades, scientists have used these molecules called glycerol dibiphytanyl glycerol tetraether […]

18 November 2019

Continuing a Legacy of Antarctic Exploration

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Continuing a Legacy of Antarctic Exploration

by Fatima Husain When Robert F. Scott’s Discovery expedition began their exploration of the Antarctic continent in 1901, they set out to achieve two goals: to geographically and scientifically characterize the regions touched by the Ross Sea. As the group of naval officers and scientists set foot upon the Ross Ice Shelf, they mapped their travels and […]

8 November 2019

MIT-WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography

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MIT-WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography

Are you applying to graduate programs related to oceanography this fall? If so, consider the MIT-WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography! The deadline to apply is December 15th, 2019. This year, the Joint Program has a volunteer mentorship program organized by current students, called JP ASK, to provide advice on the application process.

1 November 2019

Summons Lab at EATS!

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Summons Lab at EATS!

On Friday, November 1st, Angel Mojarro and Roger Summons shared research summaries of their work to the MIT EAPS community as part of the EAPS Active Talk Series. Angel spoke about soft tissue preservation in fossil fish, while Roger spoke about soft tissue preservation and pigments in an ankylosaur fossil, as well as gut microbiome […]

4 October 2019

Welcoming Visiting Student Jaz Millar

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Welcoming Visiting Student Jaz Millar

For the month of October, Cardiff University research student Jaz Millar will work in the Summons Lab to study the lipid profiles of microbial communities grown under Snowball Earth-like conditions. In her research, Millar studies how life survived and maintained diversity during the Cryogenian period 720-635 million years ago. She investigates the potential of cryoconite […]

8 September 2019

The Summons Lab presents at IMOG 2019

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The Summons Lab presents at IMOG 2019

Six members of the Summons Lab traveled from Cambridge, Massachusetts to Göteborg, Sweden, to present their ongoing research at the International Meeting of Organic Geochemistry. The meeting, which takes place every two years, hosts organic geochemists from around the world, and features a combination of talks, posters, and opportunities for colleagues to connect. All Summons […]

17 August 2019

August

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This summer, the Summons Lab welcomed two visiting students, Nan Sun and Yongli Li, from the University of Science and Technology of China. After weeks of labwork and analyses, the two presented their summer work to the lab group. Nan worked closely with Gareth Izon, and presented her research titled “Questioning the Paradigm of Earth’s […]