Micah Nicolo '01, who is pursuing a doctorate in earth science at Rice University in Houston, was recently awarded a Schlanger Fellowship.
The Schlanger Ocean Drilling Fellowship Program offers merit-based awards so that outstanding graduate students can conduct research related to the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program.
Nicolo's research focuses on “Eolian grain-size records across the Paleocene-Eocene transition: Constraints on atmospheric circulation during global climate change.” He is originally from Horseheads.
He was among the scientists and technicians who spent two months at sea nearly three years ago, working to discover the effects of a massive release of methane that caused extreme global warming 55 million years ago.
They worked near an ancient underwater mountain chain off Africa, known as the Walvis Ridge.
The award is $28,000 per year to be used for stipend, tuition, benefits, research costs and travel. Research may be directed toward the objectives of specific expeditions or broader themes. During the summer of 2007, at the conclusion of the Fellowship, Nicolo and the other fellows will travel to JOI Headquarters in Washington, D.C., to present the initial results of their research.