Geology Ph.D. Student Awarded NSF Urbino Summer School in Paleoclimatology Scholarship

Lucien Nana Yobo is One of 10 U.S. Students Selected

NSFLucien Nana Yobo, a second-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Houston, is one of 10 graduate students selected nationally for the National Science Foundation’s Urbino Summer School in Paleoclimatology (USSP) Scholarship. The scholarship will enable him attend the USSP in Italy this summer from July 12-28.

The Urbino Summer School accepts only 60 graduate students annually from around the world. The program’s goal is to provide participants with an advanced working knowledge on the paleobiological and geochemical proxy data and their use in reconstructing and modeling of past climates.

Lucien Nana YoboEach year, to promote U.S. graduate student participation in the program, NSF awards 10 highly competitive scholarships to graduate students from U.S. universities to cover airfare, a stipend and course expenses.

This year, the 14th summer school of the USSP consortium will focus on past climate dynamics with special emphasis on the analysis of the long-term carbon cycling and its implications in the understanding of present and future climates. USSP 2017 will integrate lectures, symposia, fieldtrips, and exercises on the many different areas of paleoclimatology including biogeochemical cycling, paleoceanography, continental systems, and all aspects of deep-time climate modeling. These techniques and systems will be explored through interactive discussions of Cretaceous OAEs, P/E hyperthermals, the Greenhouse-Icehouse transition, Neogene and Quaternary climate dynamics. The USSP is led by 25 leading senior scientists from around the world.

As part of his NSF USSP scholarship award, upon return from Urbino, Yobo will share his experience at the summer school with the EAS department.

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