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Geology students work far and wide this summer!

Summer 2013 Geology Student News

Joe Camacho Jr. – National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) Summer Internship – Middle Tennessee State University Structural geology project using surface observations to search for blind (subsurface) faults in the North American platform, central Tennessee.  Joe will present his summer research results at the fall meeting of the Geological Society of America in Vancouver, BC.

 

Kelly Morgan - seasonal hydrologic technician with the Rocky Mountain Research Station.
Kelly will be conducting surveys of geomorphic features in the Upper East Fork Weiser River in central Idaho using GPS and other methods and processing the data in a GIS model.  Kelly will be using the Geomorphic Road Assessment and Inventory Package (GRAIP), a process and set of tools for analyzing the impacts of roads on forested watersheds. GRAIP combines a detailed road inventory with a powerful GIS analysis tool set to predict road sediment production and delivery, mass wasting risk from gullies and landslides, and road hydrologic connectivity.

 

Erin Quinn – Smithsonian Graduate Student Fellowship at the National Museum of Natural History.  Erin will be conducting high-temperature, high-pressure experiments on rocks from Chaos Crags, Lassen Volcanic National Park.  Erin’s work will be the first experimental phase equilibrium study on Chaos Crags and will provide important constraints on magma storage conditions at Chaos Crags.  This is important for better understanding the volcanic hazards within Lassen Park.

 

Michelle Robinson – U.S. Geological Survey /National Association of Geoscience Teachers Cooperative Field Training Program. The USGS/NAGT program is the longest continuously running internship program in the earth sciences. Michelle will be based in Portland, OR working with USGS scientists on water-quality conditions in the Columbia River Basin, particularly "toxics"--anthropogenic-indicator compounds, pharmaceuticals, PBDEs, pesticides, legacy compounds, and others.

 

Claudia Velasco – NSF-REU, Field and Laboratory Research on Glacial Sedimentology in Brazil & Surficial Geology of West Central, Minnesota for Native American Women.  University of Minnesota, Morris and la Universidade de Sao Paulo in Brazil. Claudia will be helping in an active research project on the origin and history of surficial deposits in west central Minnesota and the late Paleozoic glacial units of Brazil (the Itarare subgroup). This research will focus on: the influence of climate on ice stream movement, the significance of marine interaction and ice sheet grounding, and the nature of ice stream flow (sliding vs. deformation).  Claudia will develop an independent research project during the internship. 

 

Bobby Voeks - U.S. Geological Survey /National Association of Geoscience Teachers Cooperative Field Training Program. The USGS/NAGT program is the longest continuously running internship program in the earth sciences.  Bobby will be working as a hydrologic technician measuring sediment inputs into Chesapeake Bay.  He will be based at the USGS headquarters in Reston, VA.