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Camp Davis and the Cliff Creek Fire Update

Camp Davis remains unthreatened by fire. Field trip schedules have been modified to address air quality concerns. Updated 7/19/2016 14:51 ET

To the breaking point: Testing ideas about the evolution of long-necked sauropod dinosaurs

How was the sauropod skeleton able to bear such tremendous loads without causing injury or compromising mobility? The structure of the neck joints may hold clues.

Open Faculty Positions in Biological Oceanography and Geobiology

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and the Program in the Environment at the University of Michigan anticipate two openings for joint tenure-track assistant professors for university-year appointments starting September 1, 2017. We are particularly interested in candidates whose strengths complement existing research programs within the Department and the Program. The application deadline is September 8, 2016.

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Summer is officially just around the corner (unofficially, it arrived in Ann Arbor a couple of weeks ago), and courses at Camp Davis are off and running. Earth 344, Energy and the Environment, has been in session for two weeks, and is just the beginning to a busy summer in which 8 courses will be offered to 150 students by 15 U-M faculty! Plans are also underway for a major re-development of student accommodations at Camp Davis. We invite all alumni in the Jackson area, or passing through, to stop by for an open house at Camp on the evening of July 13 to learn more about our plans for the future. And, if you’re visiting Wyoming at any point this summer, feel free to stop in and say hello. We’re looking forward to a great summer, and we’re thrilled at the impact a Camp Davis class continues to have on Michigan students.

Sincerely, Nathan Niemi

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Marin Clark Drone Mapping Video on YouTube

More than 20,000 landslides took place in Nepal during the Mw 7.8 Gorkha earthquake on April 25, 2015 . This video describes the landslide mapping efforts of Dr. Marin Clark and Dr. Dimitrios Zekkos from the University of Michigan, Dr. Josh West (University of Southern California), and Dr. Deepak Chamlagain (Tribhuhan University, Nepal).

The research team used drones and photogrammetry principles to view, map, and create 3D models of large rock slides, debris flows, and even rockfalls. The drone was particularly needed in this case, because of the steep topography and the large size and runout length of some of the landslides, that made it nearly impossible to map otherwise.

The video is narrated by Marin Clark. It was prepared by staff.



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