In the Media

Fossils of earliest organisms that had sex are a billion years ago

December 28, 2017 - "A Canadian-led study aims to settle the controversy over extraordinary Arctic fossils that represent the oldest known sexually reproducing organism and the oldest multicellular organism that used photosynthesis."  Read the full story here.

The new 'gold' of the Yukon

September 8, 2017 - "High above the treeline in the Yukon’s remote mountains, pieces of rock hold evidence of the Earth’s tumultuous climate swings that took place millions of years ago."More

New theory on how Earth’s crust was created

May 9, 2017 - "Conventional theory holds that all of the early Earth’s crustal ingredients were formed by volcanic activity. Now, however, McGill earth scientists Don Baker and Kassandra Sofonio have published a theory with a novel twist: some of the chemical components of this material settled onto Earth’s early surface from the steamy atmosphere that prevailed at the time. The findings could guide search for exoplanets that may harbor life." More

Chill out - sea levels aren't rising as quickly as predicted

December 1, 2015 - "Scientists have been warning for years that it may actually be too late to stop climate change despite concerted efforts by the global community. But the world may not be doomed after all. According to a new paper co-authored by McGill Professor Natalya Gomez from the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, humanity might just have a bit more time than previously predicted." More

Global warming felt to deepest reaches of ocean

Mar 4, 2014 - "A new study by McGill researchers shows climate change has put a freshwater lid on the Antarctic ocean, trapping warm water in the deepest regions of the ocean. The new work may help explain a scientific mystery: the recent discovery that Antarctic Bottom Water, which fills the deepest layer of the world ocean, has been shrinking over the last few decades." More

Morphing manganese

Aug 23, 2013 - "An often-overlooked form of manganese, an element critical to many life processes, is far more prevalent in ocean environments than previously known, according to a study by U.S. and Canadian researchers published this week in Science." More

Four McGill discoveries among Québec Science magazine’s top 10 breakthroughs of 2011

Jan 12, 2012 - "Alfonso Mucci (Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Faculty of Science) and his collaborators have revealed the vulnerability of these waters and their impact on the marine ecosystem of that region." More

Studying glacier retreat in Peru

Jan 12, 2012 - "Last summer, in a mission led by Bryan Mark from the Ohio State University (OSU) and Jeffrey McKenzie from McGill, we started our journey at Chimbote, one of the largest fish ports of Peru, drove up the Rio Santa – the region’s biggest river – and finished with hikes to different headwater glaciers." More

Deep-sea volcanoes do explode!

Mar 28, 2011 - "Ph.D. student Christoph Helo and fellow researchers from McGill EPS, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, have been able to prove that explosive eruptions can occur in deep-sea volcanoes." More

Travelling to the end of the Earth and back

Feb 9, 2011 - "Like thousands of snowbirds, Prof. Eric Galbraith of the Dept. of Earth and Planetary Sciences is heading down south this February, but instead of swimming warm oceans and lazing on white sandy beaches, he and nine of his students will be bundled up making their way through freezing waters and monumental mountains of snow." More