School of Earth, Society, and Environment
The Earth is a complex system in which the solid planet, the oceans, the atmosphere, and life (both human and non-human) interact in countless ways. In order to respond to the environmental challenges of our time, it is necessary to understand these interactions and interdependencies that transcend the boundaries of traditional academic disciplines. The School of Earth, Society, and Environment (SESE) brings the resources of the departments of Atmospheric Sciences, Geology, and Geography at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to study the Earth System.
Isotopic study of uranium: determining the isotopic fractionation of uranium during abiotic reduction with iron(II) (2015-01-21)Uranium is a contaminant of interest due to its toxicity and mobility in groundwater. It is a redox active element in which the oxidation state can change by the addition or removal of electrons. In one method of groundwater ...
Mercury stable isotope geochemistry as a tool for tracing sources and chemical transformations in the environment (2015-01-21)Mercury (Hg) is a redox active global contaminant. Hg has two stable oxidation states in the environment, Hg(0) and Hg(II). Hg(0) is significantly less soluble than Hg(II) and is less reactive. Hg(II) is very soluble and ...
(2015-01-21)This research interrogates potential futures for long-distance intercity rail transportation in the United States in the context of possible energy resource constraints. Three epistemically-distinctive analytical frameworks ...
Structure and statistical analysis of the microphysical properties of the comma-head region of cold-season midlatitude cyclones (2015-01-21)This dissertation presents analyses of the microphysical structure and processes producing precipitation in the comma-head region of cold-season continental cyclones, using data collected by the W-band Wyoming Cloud Radar ...
Investigation of iron isotope variability in the bimodal Aztec Wash Pluton, Eldorado Mountains, Nevada (2015-01-21)Over the course of the past decade, our understanding of silicic plutons has undergone a fundamental shift, from envisioning pluton emplacement as one large magmatic intrusion to the concept of incremental emplacement, in ...