PAOC Spotlights

The Recipe for a Harmful Algal Bloom

Many ingredients mix in the ocean to make toxic shellfish.

O’Gorman Awarded 2018 School of Science Teaching Prize

EAPS Associate Professor, Paul O'Gorman, is honored for excellence in graduate teaching.

ASTERIA Measures Exoplanet Transit - A First for CubeSats

This observation demonstrates proof-of-concept, that small spacecraft can perform high precision photometry.

Jimmy Gasore Receives the 2018 Rossby Award

The prize is given for the best PhD thesis done the preceding year within PAOC.

Gateway to Antarctica

PAOC and Summons lab member Emily Matys searches around the globe to reveal the secrets of microbial life

Description and Evaluation of the MIT Earth System Model (MESM)

Results from the latest version of MESM compare favorably with those produced by more computationally intensive models.

Study Finds Climate Determines Shapes of River Basins

Results may help identify ancient climates on Earth or other planets.

Putting the microbiome on the map

Global Microbiome Conservancy scales up

Solving Microbial Mysteries with Autonomous Technology

Biogeochemical oceanographer Andrew Babbin and members of his group are leading a three-week research cruise aboard the Schmidt Ocean Institute's research vessel Falkor. They are studying the nitrogen cycle in one of the largest natural marine oxygen...

Julien de Wit Begins MIT Faculty Appointment

He joins the EAPS department, bringing new perspectives to planetary science, astronomy and the hunt for exoplanets.

When The Wind Blows: Predicting How Hurricanes Change With Climate

Three MIT graduate students studying atmospheric science recently participated in a NOVA outreach event to engage the public on hurricanes and climate change.

Big Oceans. Tiny Microbes. Sea Biomes.

The Simons Foundation extends its support for microbial oceanography with the establishment of the Simons Foundation Collaboration on Ocean Computational Biogeochemical.


PAOC members continue to receive numerous awards and honors, both within MIT and beyond the Institute: end of year round-up.

Tracking Air Quality Changes Across Space and Time

Modeling advance enables more efficient and precise estimates

Study: Climate Action Can Limit Asia’s Growing Water Shortages

Following the Paris accord could reduce risk of severe water-access problems, researchers find.

A Change Has Come in the Arctic

A rise in radium in the ocean signals changes along the coast

Targeting One of Climate Modeling’s Biggest Uncertainties

New method enables faster, more accurate simulation of aerosol-cloud interaction

Congratulations to PAOC Members of the EAPS Class of 2018

Degrees awarded during the 2017/2018 academic year. Degrees are conferred in September, February and June.

3 Questions: Roger Summons on Finding Organic Matter on Mars

Discovery adds to evidence suggesting that Mars was at one time habitable.

MIT Joint Program researcher Selected for “Make Our Planet Great Again” Program

Chien Wang one of six new U.S. scientists to join French climate research initiative

One Sustainable World at MIT

Atmosphere, oceans and climate researchers help the MIT community visualize the future of sustainability.

McGee Receives Excellence In Mentoring Award

EAPS Associate Professor of Paleoclimatology, David McGee, has been awarded the Excellence In Mentoring Award by the office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming.

Citizen Science

Aerocene project hopes to put research into the hands of citizens

A Deeper Look

The MIT Darwin group puts their work under the microscope at the 2018 Cambridge Science Festival.

Daniel Cziczo Awarded Tenure

EAPS Congratulations - Daniel Cziczo has been awarded tenure. Cziczo holds positions with PAOC in EAPS, and Civil and Environmental Engineering.