Spring Break is coming!

From March 7th - 15th, 2014,  Bucknell Geology students, faculty and staff will be studying the geology of New Mexico, exploring sites near Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Taos.  The trip is designed for all levels of experience, and Geology Alumni who are in the area often stop by and participate!

 

Geology Department Highlights - 2013-2014 (so far):

  • In October, 6 Geology faculty and 5 students presented their research at the National meeting of the Geological Society of America in Denver,  Colorado.  Also presenting were several recent Geology alumni who were presenting research from their graduate programs.
  • In December, Professor Rob Jacob, Tracey Smith ('14) and Matt Sirianni ('14) presented their research at the Annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco, California.  Tracey gave a talk based on ground-penetrating radar studies of Icy-Debris Fans in Alaska, and Matt gave a poster presentation that described the results of a micro-gravity study that he conducted over a proposed paleochannel of the West Branch of the Susquehanna River.
  • New publication fueled by undergraduate research!
    The paper "Integrated geophysical investigation of the St. James Fault Complex:  A case study" by Jacob, R.W., Byler, J.B., and Gray, M.B., has been published in the journal "Geophysics" (Vol. 78 No. 5).
    This publication is an outgrowth of an undergraduate research project by Jeremy Byler, '12 co-advised by Rob Jacob, '97, and Mary Beth Gray, '84.  The project was supported by the McKenna Foundation and utilized geophysical equipment made possible by an NSF grant to Fred Day-Lewis and Mary Beth Gray.   Field assistance by Jon Algeo, '13, Xavier Hope, '13, and Dennis Lee, '12 is gratefully acknowledged. 

Current NSF Grants:

  • Professors Craig Kochel, Jeff Trop and Rob Jacob are in the middle of a 3 yr. NSF funded characterization of Icy Debris Fans in New Zealand and Alaska.  They are combining ground-observations, time-lapse photography, lidar surveys and ground-penetrating radar to characterize these little-studied features and see how they evolve over time.  They will be traveling to New Zealand over spring break and will be joined by several Bucknell Geology students who will already be there during a semester abroad.
  • Professor Chris Daniel is working on his NSF funded study of Precambrian bedrock in New Mexico.  He and his students are using zircon geochronology to provide age constraints on a variety of sedimentary and volcanic terrains that range from 1740 to 1400 million years old!  Chris and his students gave 4 presentations at this year's national GSA meeting in Denver based on last summer's research.
  • Many student research opportunities exist not just for the projects mentioned above, but a wide variety of other research being conducted by our faculty!

The Marcellus Shale Initiative

Professor Carl Kirby is the Director of the Marcellus Shale Initiative of Bucknell's Environmental Center, whose mission is to support objective research, provide a publications database and critically evaluate information related to the Marcellus shale gas play.  One of their projects is to highlight and support Marcellus-related research by Bucknell faculty and students.  This project supports a number of Bucknell students doing independent research over the summer.

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