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 History of the Columbia River Through the Last Deglaciation and the Holocene: Preliminary Results From Cruise Oc1706”
  • Erica Xu ’18, who undertook her research at the University of Otago, New Zealand, with a poster titled “Petrographic Investigation of Magma Batches and Cycling of the Akaroa Volcanic Comple”
  • Alicia Fischer ’18, who participated in a summer REU at the University of Arizona, with a poster titled “Geochemical Differences in Petrocalcic and Calcic Horizons Due to Soil Parent Material in Southeastern Arizona”
  • Kaci Kus ’18, working with Whipple-Coddington Professor of Geology Robert Gastaldo, with a poster titled “Calcisols, Palynofloras, and Rare Charcoal from Quaggasfontein, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa: Correlations in the Wapadsberg Pass Area and Implications for Late Permian Climate”
  • Sam Sinkler ’18, working with Whipple-Coddington Professor of Geology Robert Gastaldo, with a poster titled “Sandstones, Siltstones, and Trace Fossils in a Succession of Lowermost Triassic Rocks Near Lootsberg Pass, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa”
  • Emma O’Hara ’20, working with Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Geology Tasha Dunn, with a poster titled “Determining 3D Chondrule Sizes from 2D Thin Sections: Lost In Translation”