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The Department of Geology encourages undergraduate research. Here are examples of recent research projects. Contact a faculty member in your area of interest.


recent projects
Student, Year Advisor Project
Jessica McLaughlin 16 Alexandra Davatzes Investigation of Martian craters in the Isidis basin region
Paul O'Neill 16 Nyquist & Toran Infiltration mapping using geophysics
Marley Chertov 16 Toran Impact of tributaries and WWTPs on water quality in an urban stream
Rachel Crowley 16 Toran Monitoring temperature variations and ion ratios in karst springs
Jonathan Brennan 16 Steven Chemtob Effect of fluoride on basalt dissolution rates and alteration chemistry
Arian Miranda 16 Allison Tumarkin-Deraztzian Vertebrate microfossils of the late Cretaceous Lance Formation of Montana
Kelly Hayes 16 Bojeong Kim Th effect of alumina nanoparticles upon plant stress repsonses
Chris Richardson 15 Alexandra Davatzes Organic matter in Precambrian impacts
Gabriela Leyton-Nolan 15 Ilya Buynevich Predation effects on oichnus traces on extant naticids along the NE coast
Chris Conwell 15 David Grandstaff and Ilya Buynevich Origin of geochemical anomalies and coloration in relect Atlantic oyster shells
Stuart Olshevski 15 Sujith Ravi Particulate emissions from biochar-amended soils as a potential health hazard
Kelly Devlin 15 Laura Toran and Jonathan Nyquist Use and limitations of ground penetrating radar to map infiltration in an uran stormwater basin
Chris Witzigman 15 Laura Toran Water quality in riparian buffer zones of two urban streams
Ashley Newman 15 Laura Toran Stormwater monitoring of an infiltration basin on campus
Jessica Welkey 15 Laura Toran Changes in sediment loading over time on an active military training facility
Jessica McLaughlin 15 Alexandra Davatzes Geoscience eductation: 3d topographic map visualitzation
Paul Senker 14 Jonathan Nyquist and Robert Ryan (Civil Engereering) Impact of microtopography on raninfall-runoff modeling
Shelby Guercio 14 Ilya Buynevich Georadar characterization of turtle nests: paleoichnological and geoforensic applications
Karen Kopcznski 14 Ilya Buynevich Comparative ichnology of Devonian and Triassic fluvial successions, Pennsylvania
LaMair Johnson 14 Ilya Buynevich Morphometry of Belichnus, a predatory percussion trace on coastal mollusks
Juan Huertas-Fernandez 14 Laura Toran and Justin Shi (Computer Science) Development of ScienceTap app for field data recording
Sarah Sakson 14 Laura Toran Katahdin sheep for vegetative control in a stormwater retention basin
Jennifer Ngo 14 Bojeong Kim Al2O3 nanoparticles aggregation and stabilization in aqueous environments: the influence of size, pH, the presence of humic acid and clay minerals
Eve Lalor 14 Dennis Terry and David Grandstaff X-ray fluorescence fingerprinting of vertebrate bone from Badlands National Park, SD
Anthony Cerrutti 14 Dennis Terry and David Grandstaff Geochemical Fingerprinting of Fossiliferous Deposits in Badlands National Park, SD
Robert Horner 14 Dennis Terry Geochemistry of burrow fill sediments across the K/Pg boundary of NJ
Viet Nyugen 13 Laura Toran Monitoring and modeling how urbanization affects stormflow
Heather Rychlak 13 Ilya Buynevich Georeferencing and GPR analysis of coastal datasets, Exuma & Eleuthera Islands, Bahamas
Matthew Hudson 13 Ilya Buynevich Wavelet transform applications to georadar images of Holocene gypsum dunes
Zachary Maza 13 Ilya Buynevich Textural characterization of glauconite-dominated K/T and Holocene successions
Nellie Kollar 13 Ilya Buynevich Mineralogical and magnetic-susceptibility variations in Hurricane Sandy deposits, NJ
Leslee Evertt 13 Dennis Terry Phytoliths from Oligocene dung balls of South Dakota
Derek Lichtner 12 Jonathan Nyquist & Laura Toran Geophysical monitoring of soil water infilatration, Shale Hills Observatory
John Ethan Hults 12 Laura Toran Campus stormwater monitoring
Gary Peltack 12 Ilya Buynevich Low-field MS and high-frequency GPR imaging of lithological anomalies
Shannon Guffey 12 Nick Davatzes City Soils Sample Acquisition and Processing
Hunter White 12 Nick Davatzes Mapping Sand Grain Coordination in Clay-Rich Gouges
Matthew Enos 12 Alexandra Davatzes XRF of Precambrian impact layers from the Hammersley
basin, Western Australia
Chris Monshizadegan 11 Nick & Alexandra Davatzes In situ chemical analysis of Archean
rocks: Terrestrial analog for planetary field studies
Eve Lalor 11 Alexandra Davatzes Constraining the age of the Athabasca Flow Region on Mars
John Kemmey 11 Ilya Buynevich Textural contribution of biogenic components to sand fraction within a mesotial lagoon sequence
Justin Anstotz 11 Jonathan Nyquist Using GIS to support remediation decisions at RCRA sites
Stephanie Price 11 Allison Tumarkin-Deratzian, Nicholas Davatzes High Resolution Laser Scanning and Quantification of Bone Surface Textures
Kristi Dobra 11 Ilya Buynevich, Dennis Terry Magnetic susceptibility patterns in the K/Pg boundary glauconite deposits at Inversand, New Jersey: refining the methodology
Marie Dematatis 11 Ilya Buynevich Event dendrochronology as a record of intense historical storms along Assateague Island, Maryland
Justin Darrow 11 Ilya Buynevich Traces in dark sand: geophysical analysis of buried vertebrate tracks
Eve Eisemann 11 Ilya Buynevich Eastern mudsnail (Ilyanassa obsoleta) as a paleoenvironmental and sea-level indicator along the northern Atlantic seaboard
Lauren Kerber 10 Ilya Buynevich Integrated morphological and subsurface analysis of recent coastal dune migration, equatorial Brazil
Zachary Grimes 10 Ilya Buynevich Applications of high-frequency GPR imaging to ichnological research
Michael Swyer 10 Nick Davatzes Triaxial testing of the permeability and friction of natural fault gouges
Emily Morton 10 Nick Davatzes Analysis of induced seismictiy at the Geysers Geothermal Field