DEPARTMENT OF GEOLOGY

SENIOR PROJECTS

Class of 2000 to PRESENT



Class of 2012

Project Title

Mentor

Emma N. Beck

(HONORS)

Examination of Spatial Variations in Recrystallization Mechanisms in Quartz

Dr. Walter A. Sullivan

Chishala Kapupu

Characterization of a Middle Permian Deltaic Distributary Channel, in the Karoo Basin, South Africa

Dr. Robert A. Gastaldo

Nathan Katsiaficas

(HONORS)

Geodynamic Constraints on the Flow of Samoan-Plume Mantle into the Northern Lau Basin

Dr. Valerie S. Reynolds

Dr. Robert A. Gastaldo

Brianna Lind

Paleoenvironmental Reconstruction of the Turner Farm Archeological Site, Maine, Based on Palynological Remains

Dr. Bruce Rueger

Daren McGregor

Sedimentology and Geochemistry of Fjord-Floor Sediments in Kongsfjorden, Svalbard, Norway

Dr. Robert A. Gastaldo


Class of 2011

Project Title

Mentor

Nikolajs Batarags

Lithium in plagioclase from lower crustal (Atlantis Massif) gabbros

Dr. Valerie Reynolds

Timothy Becker

(HONORS)

EBSD Analysis of Pyroxenes in the Zagami Shergottite: Implications for Emplacement Mechanism

Dr. Valerie Reynolds

Wyatt Fereday

Quantification of shear sense indicators in thin-sections of rocks of the northern mylonite zone of the Cheyenne Belt, A-Bar-A Ranch, Wyoming

Dr. Walter Sullivan

Eleanor Hoyt

(HONORS)

Rheological properties of folded layers during natural deformation as determined from quantitative geometric analysis of fold shape

Dr. Jeffrey Marsh

Ramsey Meigs

The Down-cutting History of Martin Stream in Hinckley, Maine

Dr. Robert E. Nelson

Bryce A. Pludow (HONORS)

Comparing Middle Permian and Early Triassic environments: Mud aggregates as a proxy for climate change in the Karoo Basin, South Africa

Dr. Robert A. Gastaldo

Greta Wells

History of, and Geomorphological Processes Acting on, the Messalonskee Stream, Oakland-Waterville, Maine

Dr. Robert E. Nelson


Class of 2010

Project Title

Mentor

Emily Colin

Paleoproductivity of the southern Chilean margin over the past 30,000 years

Dr. Bruce F. Rueger

Ellen Crapster-Pregont

(HONORS)

Lithium- and Oxygen-isotope Profiles of a Mid-Atlantic Ridge Oceanic Core Complex: The Atlantis Massif, 30N

Dr. Valerie S. Reynolds

Christopher Englert

(HONORS)

Spectral Analysis of Rotary Sonar Images for Comparison to Predictive Ripple Models

Dr. Robert A. Gastaldo

Margosia Jadkowski

Potential of Maine Soils for Grain Production

Dr. Robert E. Nelson

Cassandra L. Knight

(HONORS)

Late Permian paleoenvironmental factors expounded through analysis of a forest-floor paleosol profile, Karoo Basin, South Africa

Dr. Robert A. Gastaldo

Elizabeth Kugel (ES:SC Geology)

A Study of Flow Trends in Perkins Brook

Dr. Robert E. Nelson

Sam Mathes

Evaluation of Quartz Fabrics in Part of the Northern Mylonite Zone, Cheyenne Belt, Wyoming

Dr. Walter A. Sullivan

Dan Opalacz

Geomorphological Study of Popham Beach

Dr. Robert E. Nelson


Class of 2009

Project Title

Mentor

Alyssa Charsky

 Evidence for pulsed flooding periods from a Series of Terraces Along the Burdekin River in Northeast Queensland, Australia, during the Late Quaternary

Dr. Robert A. Gastaldo

Frederick Freudenberger

Morphologic Fluctuations of the Sahara Desert: an Overview of Quaternary Climate Change and Geomorphology with Special Attention to Water

Dr. Robert E. Nelson

Stephanie Grocke

Textural Analysis of Selected Enclaves Within the South Pond Phase of the Waldoboro Pluton, Friendship, Maine

Dr. Valerie S. Reynolds

Rachel Guest

Predatory-Prey Arms Race in Strombid Gastropods from the Late Neogene of Florida

Dr. Robert A. Gastaldo

Caroline Hunt

Reconnaissance Microstructural and Petrologic Analyses of the Southern Mylonite Zone, Medicine Bow Mountains, Wyoming

Dr. Walter A. Sullivan

Geoff Malick

Contributions to the Understanding of Glacial Lake Bigelow Between Eustis and Coburn Gore, Northwestern Maine

Dr. Robert E. Nelson

Jacob Schwartz

Reconnaissance Fabric Analyses of the Northern Mylonite Zone, Medicine Bow Mountains, Wyoming

Dr. Walter A. Sullivan

Amanda Smith

Anthropogenic Effects on Heavy Metal Levels in Pond Sediments from Bermuda

Dr. Bruce F. Rueger


Class of 2008

Project Title

Mentor

Brent V. Aigler

A Hydrological and Sedimentological Study of the Pointe at Jamestown Detention Pond, James City County, VA

Dr. Robert E. Nelson

Bradford M, Cantor (HONORS)

Historical Records of Stomatal Indices forQuercus and Nyssa from the Southeastern U.S.

Dr. Robert A. Gastaldo

C. Kittinger Clark

Establishing Taphonomic Trends of Coleoptera Using Three Different Carabids Species in a Laboratory Flume System

Dr. Robert E. Nelson

C. Kittinger Clark

High Resolution Stratigraphy of the Latest Permian at Bethulie, Karoo Basin South Africa

Dr. Robert A. Gastaldo

Rachel G. Daly (HONORS)

The Effect on Stomatal Proxies as a Function of Geographical Position Relative to Growing Season Sunlight

Dr. Robert A. Gastaldo

Catherine E. Delano

Geologic Controls on the Origin and Evolution of Coastal Features, Southeastern Gerrish Island, Kittery, Maine

Dr. Robert E. Nelson

Taylor M. Kilian

A Late Pleistocene Coleopteran Fauna from Presumpscot Formation Sediments in Portland, Maine

Dr. Robert E. Nelson

William C. Kinder

Coastal Erosion in Chatham, Massachusetts: Geological and Societal Implications, 1987-2007

Dr. Robert E. Nelson

Sophie S. Newbury

High Resolution Stratigraphy of the Earliest Permian at Bethulie, Karoo Basin South Africa

Dr. Robert A. Gastaldo

Samuel B. Reid

Fluvial Systems and Carbonate Nodules Reveal Late Permian Climate Change at Wapadsberg Pass, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa

Dr. Robert A. Gastaldo


Class of 2007

Project Title

Mentor

Jamie E. Kline

 Marine Ostracodes from the Latest Pleistocene of Central Maine

Dr. Robert E. Nelson

Newt W. Krumdieck

 The Origins of the Norridgewock Sand Plain, Somerset County, Central Maine

Dr. Robert E. Nelson

Elizabeth F. Littlefield

 Foraminifera from the Presumpscot Formation

Dr. Robert E. Nelson

Janet Weidner

 Rock DetectiveМs Introduction to Whale Ear Bone Fossils for Grades K-12

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Dr. Robert A. Gastaldo; Mrs. Ruth Deike (Rock Detective)



Class of 2006

Project Title

Mentor

Adam Atkinson-Lewis

Arc-GIS Protocols for Evaluating Spatio-temporal Volcanic Emission Data: Co2Emissions from a New Volcanic Province off the Southern Coast of Iceland

Dr. Jennifer D. Shosa

Katherine E. Curtis

(HONORS)

A Dynamic 3-d Model of the Seasonal Surface and Subsurface Flow in the Belgrade Lakes Watershed, South-central Maine

Dr. Jennifer D. Shosa

Jason G. Foster

Delineation of Shallow Groundwater in the Mantled Karst Aquifers of Basin Two, Savoy Experimental Watershed, Northwest Arkansas (completed AY04-05)

Dr. Jennifer D. Shosa

Lora B. Golann

The Skeleton in Maine's Closet: Controversy Surrounding the Allagash Wilderness Waterway

Dr. Bruce F. Rueger

John M. Goss

Monitoring Surface Displacement around the Colby Green

Dr. Robert E. Nelson

Kathyrn M. Lidington

Variation in Beach Profiles and Sediment Characteristics at Popham Beach, Phippsburg, ME

Dr. Robert E. Nelson

Lindsay B. Masters

(1) Development of Protocols for Petro-chemical Analysis of Seafloor Basalts and (2) Petrological Analysis of Seafloor Basalts

Dr. Jennifer D. Shosa

Theodore F. McDermott

Analysis of Soil Potential for Future Development in Waterville and Oakland, ME

Dr. Robert E. Nelson

Elizabeth Mollo-Christensen

Potential Effects of Deep-Ocean Carbon Dioxide Sequestration on Foraminifera

Dr. Robert A. Gastaldo

Daniel W. Pace

Characteristics of Early Triassic Fluvial Systems in the Karoo Basin С Carlton Heights

Dr. Robert A. Gastaldo

Daniel W. Pace

Origin and Evolution of Spinel Cumulates in the Moxie Mountain Pluton

Dr. Donald B. Allen

Marcy W. Rolerson

Katbergia gen. nov., Early Triassic Burrow Systems from the Katberg Sandstone, South Africa ( .pdf reprintavailable)

Dr. Robert A. Gastaldo

Christopher J. Russoniello

(HONORS)

 (1) Development of a Research Plan for a Hydrogeological Investigation of the Serpentine Bog, and (2) Quantification of Seasonal Groundwater Flux Through the Southern Portion of the Serpentine Bog in South-central Maine

Dr. Jennifer D.Shosa

Samuel S. Weeks

Analysis and Interpretation of the Summit Point Member, an Accreted, Upper Triassic (Karnian-norian), Dachstein-type Reef, Martin Bridge and Scotch Creek Formations, Wallowa Terrane, Oregon

Dr. Robert A. Gastaldo


Class of 2005

Project Title

Mentor

Elissa J.Baim

Formation and Deformation of the Waterville Formation as Manifested Through X-ray Diffraction and Supplemental Research

Dr. Bruce F. Rueger; Dr. Donald B. Allen

Sarah E. Dunham

 Rock DetectiveМs Introduction to Kaolin for Grades K-12

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Dr. Robert A. Gastaldo; Mrs. Ruth Deike (Rock Detective)

Sam W. Gray

 Search for the Elusive Permian-Triassic РLaminitesП in the Karoo Basin, South Africa

Dr. Robert A. Gastaldo

Darren J. Larsen

Re-Evaluation of Taxodiaceous Taxa from the Late Paleocene Sentinel Butte Member, Fort Union Formation, central North Dakota: A Scanning Electron Analysis of Morphology and Anatomy

Dr. Robert E. Nelson

Mallory C. Young

Geological and Historical Investigation of the Belgrade Lakes Watershed

Dr. Bruce F. Rueger


Class of 2004

Project Title

Mentor

Lorraine M. Beane

A Geospatial Investigation of Water Availability and Water Stress in India

Dr. Robert A. Gastaldo

Mary S. Bierwirth

A Preliminary Investigation of Colby's Geothermal Wells

Dr. Timothy Meckel

Matthew T. LaPaglia

        Determination of Maximum Stream-Flow

Boundary Conditions in Perkins Brook via Experimental Means

Dr. Robert E. Nelson

Robin H. Nesbeda
(HONORS)

Sedimentological and Geochemical Characterization of East Pond, Belgrade Lakes Watershed, central Maine ( .pdf reprintavailable)

Dr. Robert A. Gastaldo

Robert W. Selover

A New Invertebrate Fossil Locality in the Trout Valley Formation of northern Maine ( .pdf reprint available)

Dr. Robert A. Gastaldo

Robert W. Selover

A new interpretation of the Wagendrift Section near Estcourt, KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa ( .pdf reprintavailable)

Dr. Robert A. Gastaldo


Class of 2003

Project Title

Mentor

Jonathan P. Allen
(HONORS)

Sedimentology & Plant Taphonomy of the Trout Brook Formation, Middle Devonian, Maine ( .pdf reprint available)

Dr. Robert A. Gastaldo

Christopher J. Becker

Petrographic Analysis of Moxie Mountain

Dr. Donald B. Allen

Eleanor S. Boyce

Detailed petrologic investigations of the Sloko Group volcanics, Juneau Icefield, northern British Columbia

Dr. Donald B. Allen

Beth E. Dushman

An Investigation of the Surface Water Geochemistry at the Lake-Wetland Interface in North Bay, Belgrade Lakes, Maine

Dr. Jennifer D. Shosa

Amy L. Lansdale
(HONORS)

Hydrogeochemical Analysis of a Contaminated Industrial Site

Dr. Jennifer D. Shosa

Justin E. Ossolinski
(HONORS)

An Investigation of the Hydrogeochemical Dynamics of a Forested Peat Land in Central Maine

Dr. Jennifer D. Shosa


Class of 2002

Project Title

Mentor

Matthew Charles

Characterization of an Isoetalean Lycopsid from the Mississippian of Alabama

Dr. Robert A. Gastaldo

Nathaniel Grubbs

The Hydrology of the Kennebec River Watershed: A Preliminary Survey

Dr. Jennifer D. Shosa

Carolyn F. Lindley

Palynofacies Characterization of Holocene Bay Sediments from the Mobile-Tensaw River System, Alabama

Dr. Robert A. Gastaldo

Matthew J. Severs

Sedimentological History of Warwick Pond, Bermuda

Dr. Robert A. Gastaldo; Dr. Bruce F. Rueger

Matthew J. Severs

Petrochemical Investigation of the southern lobe of the Moxie Pluton, Maine

Dr. Donald B. Allen

William Simpson

Reconnaissance Map of Camp 32 Nunatuk, Alaska

Dr. Donald B. Allen, Dr. Robert A. Gastaldo

Michael Terkla

Middle Devonian Arthropod Remains from the Trout Valley Formation of North-central Maine

Dr. Robert E. Nelson


Class of 2001

Project Title

Mentor

Paul Dante

Stream Bank Slope Stability: A Case Study

Dr. Robert E. Nelson

David Fuente

Correlation of Thermal Infrared Multispectral Scanner (TIMS) and FTIR Data

Dr. Donald B. Allen

Matthew Houlahan

Testing of TIMS Image Limitations Concerning Weathering and Alteration Products of Rock Types

Dr. Donald B. Allen

MaryLee Murphy

Secondary Upwelling Instabilities Developed in High Rayleigh Number Convection: Possible Applications to Hot Spots

Dr. Jennifer D. Shosa

Logan Perkins

A Case Study of Geoscience Education and Assessment: Designing and Implementing a Geologic Mapping Class for Students with no Prior Geology Knowledge

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Dr. Robert A. Gastaldo; Dr. Jennifer D. Shosa; Mrs. Ruth Deike (Rock Detective)

Anna K. Randall

Emerging Paradigms of Granite Genesis: Incorporation in K-12 Geoscience Education

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Dr. Robert A. Gastaldo, Mrs. Ruth Deike (Rock Detective)

Will Tackaberry

Sedimentology and Holocene History of Spittal Pond, Bermuda

( reprint available)

Dr. Robert A. Gastaldo; Dr. Bruce F. Rueger

Melissa Trout

A Morphometric Analysis of Insect Damage onNeuropteris and Implications for Paleozoic Herbivory

Dr. Robert E. Nelson; Dr. Conrad Labandeira(USNM)

Steven Tweedie

Groundwater Movement under Crossroads Landfill: Norridgewock, ME

Dr. Jennifer D. Shosa

Laura J. Wilcox

Use of Hydraulic Test Data to Evaluate Electro Osmosis Remediation Performance

Dr. Jennifer D. Shosa


Class of 2000

Project Title

Mentor

Michael P. Eller and Laura M. Blythe

Transient Topography of Popham Beach, Phippsburg, ME

Dr. Robert E. Nelson

Gregory M. Parzych

A Geologic Map of Colby College

Dr. Robert E. Nelson

Adam J. Schwartz

(SENIOR SCHOLARS)

Rock Identification in the Souther Providence Range, East Mojave Desert Wilderness, San Bernadine, California, Using TIMS Images

Dr. Donald B. Allen

Taylor A. Tribble

(SENIOR SCHOLARS)

Grouth-truthing TIMS Images

Dr. Donald B. Allen

Jay P. Zarnetske

Sound Attenuation in an Artificial Rock Fracture: A Study of in situ Remediation Technology Enhancement

Dr. Robert E. Nelson



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