2015 Research Magazine

Ice to Air

Imagine vacationing in an area surrounded by stunning natural scenery—tall trees, glassy lakes, mountains rising in the background—and taking a photo of just a single branch or leaf. It would give a thoroughly incomplete picture of the landscape around you.

The same is true for environmental research. That’s why Michigan Tech faculty-researchers study the world from bottom to top. Yes, our scientists and research teams focus on specific issues—ice formation, aerosol pollutants, or cloud cover, for example. But their work, when combined, creates a complete snapshot of the world around us.


Underwater, Under Ice

The Great Lakes Research Center has a polar climate literally right outside its door, and it has become a hub for under-ice research.

Want to know Lake Superior's winter secrets? The answers lie beneath the ice, and Michigan Tech's . . . Read More


Making Greener Leaner

Facing a crossroads of energy production and consumption, Kathleen Halvorsen is making woody biomass work for society and the environment.

Kathleen Halvorsen weighs the woody biomass pros and cons, researching methods for reducing . . . Read More


How Warm is Too Warm?

Researcher Molly Cavaleri turns up the heat in Puerto Rico's El Yunque National Forest to determine how the climate warming trend is affecting tropical rainforests.

Molly Cavaleri is spending a lot of time in Puerto Rico's El Yunque National Forest this winter, . . . Read More


Cloud Control

Atmospheric science researchers at Michigan Tech no longer have to cross their fingers for cooperative weather—the University's innovative new cloud chamber allows them to head into the lab and make their own.

If Raymond Shaw had his way, we might rethink what we call our home planet. "If you imagine . . . Read More


Up in the Air

Atop a volcanic peak deep in the eastern Atlantic, Tech researchers sample and study aerosol particles—and determine how they may affect Earth's climate.

Deep in the eastern Atlantic, roughly 900 miles west of Portugal, lies the tiny island of Pico. On . . . Read More