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Dendrochronological analysis of insular forest stands in relation to climate and water-level fluctuations in the Great Lakes

What: The project will investigate the spatiotemporal interplay of climate change, water-level fluctuations, shoreline configuration, and forest dynamics affecting isolated forest communities of a Great Lakes archipelago. Research projects will assess climate reconstructions using tree-rings, the influence of water-level fluctuations on soil and bedrock heterogeneity, and dendroecological species composition and stand structure dynamics. When: late […]

Tectonic evolution of a deeply exhumed arc section: A study of the physical and petrologic evolution of the Salinian Bock, central coastal California

What:  This project will investigate the processes that formed the Salinian arc of central coastal California.  Participants will spend two weeks in the Big Sur region making field measurements and identifying and collecting critical samples for laboratory-based microstructural and geochronologic work.   The latter half of this project will be spent preparing samples for analysis and analyzing samples […]

Evaluating the slip history of crustal faults underlying Victoria, British Columbia: Implications for seismic hazards

What:  This project will evaluate the potential activity of the Leech River and San Juan Fault systems, two major crustal faults that underlie the capital city of Victoria, British Columbia on Vancouver Island, Canada. Current scientific thought suggests that these faults were last active in the Eocene. However, there are several lines of evidence to […]

The role of beaver on catchment sediment and carbon budgets

What:  This Keck project will investigate the role of beaver in the sediment and carbon budgets of small catchments (<10 km2) in the central Adirondack Mountains of New York State. Working within Huntingon Wildlife Forest (managed by SUNY-ESF), our geomorphic perspective will supplement past and ongoing ecological research, and it will provide insight into natural […]

Historical ecology of marine mollusks in the northern Gulf of Mexico: Investigating anthropogenic impacts in coastal ecosystems through live-dead analysis

What: Human activities have enhanced nutrient delivery to coastal ecosystems in the northern Gulf of Mexico which has led to extensive eutrophication. By comparing populations living in the region today with the remains of historical populations preserved in marine sediments, we can determine the impacts of anthropogenic eutrophication on marine communities. Between mid-June and mid-July, […]

Subfossil assemblages as indicators of environmental quality in temperate lakes of Wisconsin

What:  A field-based conservation research project using paleontological, sedimentological, and geochemical tools to address modern environmental concerns. When: Early July-Early August Where:  Students will spend the first week in Wisconsin, collecting cores and surface samples from three lakes across the state. Field work will be followed by lab analysis in the National lacustrine core laboratory in […]

Constraints on magma transport and eruption dynamics at a glaciovolcanic pillow ridge southwest Iceland

What: Constraints on Magma Transport and Eruption Dynamics at a Glaciovolcanic Pillow Ridge, Southwest Iceland When: Mid June to Mid July (June 18 – July 16) Where: Iceland and Wooster, OH Who: Meagen Pollock (College of Wooster) and Ben Edwards (Dickinson College) Number of Students: 6   Project Overview and Goals: This six-student project focuses […]

Tephrastratigraphy in Iceland

What: The “big picture”—there is a long-standing effort to understand the mechanisms of explosive lava–water interaction on Earth and Mars. It is important to be able to distinguish those volcanic features on Mars that have formed from exclusively by “dry” volcanic processes from features that involve lava–water interactions. This is crucial important because it provides […]