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UNM scientists find widespread ocean anoxia as cause for past mass extinction

UNM scientists find widespread ocean anoxia as cause for past mass extinction

For decades, scientists have conducted research centered around the five major mass extinctions that have shaped the world we live in. The extinctions date back more than 450 million years with the Late Ordovician Mass Extinction to the deadliest extinction, the Late Permian extinction 250 million years ago that wiped out over 90 percent of species.

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UNM scientist Victor Polyak receives Karst Water Institute Outstanding Scientist Award

UNM scientist Victor Polyak receives Karst Water Institute Outstanding Scientist Award

Victor Polyak, senior research scientist in the Department of Earth and Planetary Science (E&PS) at The University of New Mexico, was recently awarded the Karst Water Institute Outstanding Scientist Award. The award is given annually to an outstanding member of the cave and karst field.

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UNM researcher explores influence of ancient humans on mammal body size

UNM researcher explores influence of ancient humans on mammal body size

Researchers have demonstrated that mammal biodiversity loss, a major conservation concern today, is part of a long-term trend lasting at least 125,000 years. As archaic humans, Neanderthals and other hominin species migrated out of Africa, what followed was a wave of size-biased extinction in mammals on all continents that intensified over time.

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UNM students receive DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research program award

UNM students receive DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research program award

Aidan Grummer and Neil McFadden, two graduate students in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at The University of New Mexico, were among 60 students selected nationally to receive the prestigious Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program award.

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As a native community faces relocation, UNM designs an off-the-grid solution

As a native community faces relocation, UNM designs an off-the-grid solution

Church Rock, N.M. has been home to the Diné, Navajo people, long before uranium mines appeared during the Cold War and is the site of one of the worst nuclear accidents in recorded U.S. history. On-going and slow-paced uranium mine waste cleanup efforts are forcing nearby families of the Diné Red Water Pond Road Community to seek permanent relocation—which could mean leaving their ancestral lands.

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