March 20, 2018

This Earthquake Expert Dodged Russian Surveillance to Try to Halt Nuclear Testing

In his new book, "Silencing the Bomb: One Scientist’s Quest to Halt Nuclear Testing," Lynn Sykes, now a professor emeritus at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, chronicles his efforts to end explosive nuclear testing.
March 16, 2018

Studying Snowflakes Could Provide Clues to Atmospheric Conditions

A team of Columbia researchers are trekking through New York's Catskill Mountains to collect snowflake samples that could provide information on climate change and snow melt patterns.
March 14, 2018

The Biggest Refugee Camp Braces for Rain: ‘This Is Going to Be a Catastrophe’

“We can definitely see how this is going to be a catastrophe, no matter what,” said Mélody Braun, who studies risk reduction strategies at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society at Columbia University.
March 12, 2018

The government is nearly done with a major report on climate change. Trump isn’t going to like it.

“We had 16 experts review it, go through it in detail, see if it meets the congressionally mandated requirements, and we agree that it did,” said Robin Bell of Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, chair of the committee that reviewed the report.
March 7, 2018

Forests Protect the Climate. A Future With More Storms Would Mean Trouble.

Led by María Uriarte, an ecologist at Columbia University, researchers are studying damage caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico to better understand how an expected increase in extreme weather may undermine the ability of forests to aid the climate.
March 2, 2018

When Did Americans Stop Marrying Their Cousins? Ask the World’s Largest Family Tree

With crowdsourced genealogy, “we have the ability to connect a much more vast network of individuals and locations around the world, in a faster, cheaper way,” said Yaniv Erlich, who led the study and is a computer science professor at Columbia University.
March 1, 2018

Thirteen Million Degrees of Kevin Bacon

A project led by computational geneticist Yaniv Erlich of Columbia University has created what may be the largest family tree ever: a genealogy database stretching back five centuries that links 13 million people related by blood or marriage.