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Geology student research 2018

Geology majors are required to complete a senior research project under the direction of one of the faculty members, completing GEOL4501 (Introduction to Research) and GEOL451 (Senior Research). Completion of GEOL451 requires a written senior thesis and public presentation of results, typically at a Geological Society of America professional meeting. Student research projects vary with interest and funding.

Senior projects presented at national meetings of the Geological Society of America 2018

Joe Cross GSA

Joseph Cross, 2018
GEOCHEMICAL AND THIN SECTION ANALYSIS OF RING MOUNTAIN SERPENTINITE

 

Evan Grassman GSA

Evan Grassmann, 2018
LITHOLOGIES AND PROVENANCE OF PEBBLES FOUND IN THE MORAINES OF WISCONSIN

 

Caitlin Lebel

Caitlin Lebel, 2018
FOSSIL​ ​GASTROPODS​ FOR USE IN ESTIMATING PALEOCLIMATE AND PALEOECOLOGY IN LAST GLACIAL LOESS, SOUTHWESTERN ILLINOIS

 

Mark Lundine

Mark Lundine, 2018
OPTIMIZING UAV SURVEYS FOR COASTAL MORPHODYNAMICS: ESTIMATION OF SPATIAL UNCERTAINTY AS A FUNCTION OF FLIGHT ACQUISITION AND POST-PROCESSING FACTORS

 

Ryan Maher GSA

Ryan Maher, 2018
IDENTIFYING TRACE ELEMENT CHRONOLOGICAL MARKERS WITHIN UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER FLOODPLAIN-SEDIMENTS

 

Jack Malone

John Malone, 2018
ARCHEAN GEOCHRONOLOGICAL AND DEFORMATIONAL FRAMEWORK OF THE SOUTHERN MARGIN OF THE BIGHORN BATHOLITH, WYOMING: SUCCESSIVE SYNPLUTONIC SHEARING BETWEEN 2960 AND 2840 MA

 

Sarah Oswald GSA

Sarah Oswald, 2018
TEMPORAL AND SPATIAL VARIATIONS OF ANTHROPOGENIC CONTAMINANTS IN MILL CREEK, KANE COUNTY, IL

 

Allison Pease GSA
Allison Pease, 2018
A COMPARISON OF THE RAMAN SPECTRA OF THE HUMITE MINERAL GROUP AT HIGH PRESSURES

 

Joseph Teresi GSA

Joseph Teresi, 2018
ANALYSIS OF SURFACE SOIL LEAD CONTAMINATION IN URBAN NEIGHBORHOODS OF DAVENPORT, IOWA

 

Philip Tunnicliff

Philip Tunnicliff, 2018
LEAD CONTAMINATION ASSESSMENT OF DRINKING WATER IN DAVENPORT, IOWA

Mark Lundine

Mark Lundine, 2018
Channel Morphometry Analysis of Headwater Streams Using a Terrestrial Laser Scanner in Two Different Ecoregions

 

John (Jack) Malone

John (Jack) Malone, 2018
Structure of the Southern Margin of the Big Horn Batholith, Wyoming: A Major Archean Shear Zone?

Joseph Teresi

Joseph Teresi, 2018
A Spatial Relationship Between Stream Slope Stability and Water Quality within an Urban Watershed in Rock Island, IL

Josh Pearson and Matt Harrington

Winning research from two geology seniors

Matt Harrington ’19 and Josh Pearson ’19 took home research awards from this spring’s joint Geological Society of America meeting

Jenny Arkle

Remote learning

To research mountain formation, Jenny Arkle travels to remote places. Her students can use the thermochronology lab on campus and also travel off campus—way off campus. 

Leech book explores 'city that ate itself'

Augustana's Dr. Brian Leech writes about how Butte, Mont., went from a booming mining economy to a shrinking town infamous for a toxic pit.