Koffman Coauthors Paper on Denali Ice Core Records

Assistant Professor of Geology Bess Koffman coauthored a paper in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres. Titled “Denali ice core methanesulfonic acid records North Pacific marine primary production,” the paper focuses on developing a tool for assessing past changes in primary production in the North Pacific, i.e., the base of the marine food web. The paper developed...

Gastaldo Paper Published Online in Geological Society of America Bulletin

Robert Gastaldo, the Whipple-Coddington Professor of Geology, coauthored a paper that appears in the online Geological Society of America Bulletin. The paper provides an in-depth analysis of the authors’ findings at one of the classic areas in South Africa where the end-Permian extinction is reported and is the follow-up manuscript to the internationally acclaimed paper published in Geology in 2015. The...

Gastaldo Narrative Featured on NASA Earth Observatory Image of the Day

Whipple-Coddington Professor of Geology Robert Gastaldo provided context for the March 6 Image of the Day of the Sarawak River Delta on the island of Borneo, where Gastaldo studied in the early 1990s. In his narrative, he discusses the “snake-like nature and sharp turns of these waterways [which] resemble a painting when viewed from space,”...

Grocke ’09 Contributes to Multimedia Project on Volcano Expedition

Volcanologist and National Geographic Explorer Stephanie Grocke ’09 participated in a month-long expedition to Xela, Guatemala, to study the active Santiaguito volcano there. Grocke collaborated with two other explorers to create a “multimedia outreach campaign that will highlight the risks associated with living near an active lava dome,” and includes an online photo exhibit. Grocke, a geology...

Geology Students to Present Research at GSA Meeting

Six geology students will present their research at the Geological Society of America’s Annual Meeting Oct. 22-25 in Seattle. The following students undertook their research at Colby and elsewhere through summer Research Experiences for Undergraduate (REU) programs. Alyson Churchill ’18, who participated in a summer REU program at Oregon State University, with a poster titled “Discharge...

Gastaldo and Li ’16 Coauthor Paper in Earth Science Reviews

Whipple-Coddington Professor of Geology Robert Gastaldo and Jiawen “June” Li ’16 coauthored a paper titled “A multidisciplinary approach to review the vertical and lateral facies relationships of the purported vertebrate-defined terrestrial Permian–Triassic boundary interval at Bethulie, Karoo Basin, South Africa” published Aug. 8 in Earth Science Reviews. The paper, Li’s second, peer-reviewed publication, was invited for...

Koffman Publishes Two Geology Papers—On Education and on Ash Transport

Assistant Professor of Geology Bess Koffman published two papers in August. Koffman and University of Maine coauthors wrote “Integrating Scientific Argumentation to Improve Undergraduate Writing and Learning in a Global Environmental Change Course” which appeared in the August issue of Journal of Geoscience Education. The paper describes the authors’ approach for incorporating scientific argumentation into a global...

Gastaldo Research Teams Have Two Publications

Two research teams led by Whipple-Coddington Professor of Geology Robert Gastaldo have recently had manuscripts published. One manuscript, in which Gastaldo took the lead, was published in PALAIOS (v. 32, p. 349-366) and titled “Paleontology Of The Blaauwater 67 And 65 Farms, South Africa: Testing The Daptocephalus/Lystrosaurus Biozone Boundary In A Stratigraphic Framework.” The full paper can...