Northeast GSA is Coming to Hartford!


[Ali Steullet and Dr. Wizevich at the 2012 meeting in Hartford. After attending grad school in Oklahoma, Ali is now with Noble Energy in Houston, TX.]

Our Department has developed a tradition over the past 12+ years in providing our students with an opportunity to participate in a regional professional meeting. Every year since 2008, we have had between 10 to 25 students attend the meeting (see some photos below) which is typically held in a location in the northeast, such as Portland, ME, Pittsburgh, PA, Burlington, VT, Lancaster, PA, and so on (see In 2012, the meeting was held in Hartford, and Uconn was the host and we were a co-host department. Of those students attending the meetings, 6 to 14 each year have presented their independent research as a poster to others in the geoscience community. This experience had directly benefited everyone and have provided them with an advantage when applying to jobs and/or graduate school.


[Emily Gajda (now Emily Lincoln) at her poster in Albany, NY. Emily is now working on her Master’s at the University of Vermont.]

Now, the Northeastern section meeting of the Geological Society of America is coming to Hartford on March 14-16, 2021 and our Geological Sciences Department is the host! Check out the link and Put the dates on your calendar: Dr. Evans is the Organizing Chair for the entire meeting and all of the faculty in the Department are helping. There will be opportunities for student involvement. For example, students doing their Senior Project or other independent research will be able to present their results at the meeting. Also, we will need lots of student helpers at the meeting (you get to attend for free). We also encourage all students to plan on attending to support those presenting. We will keep you posted as to developments during the fall.


[Chris Lafonte at his poster at Bretton Woods, NH in 2013. Chis is now an environmental consultant in eastern New York.]


Gary Gomby: Educating on Climate Change


The Geological Sciences Department at CCSU is fortunate to have a group of talented and enthusiastic adjunct faculty members. Mr. Gary Gomby is one of those important individuals. His particular passion is climate change, which he has successfully turned into new curriculum on the Anthropocene – the concept that humans have changed the environment to such an extent that it can now be clearly identified in the geological record. Gary is the convener of a special workshop on the Anthropocene at the upcoming Earth Educators’ Rendezvous conference this summer, where he will share assignments, pedagogical techniques, and lesson plans with educators from across the country.  CCSU is very fortunate to have Gary Gomby among its faculty!

CCSU Student Receives CT DEEP Internship


CCSU Geological Sciences major Jessica Peluso was recently awarded a DEEP Internship in the Water Division and Permitting.  DEEP was impressed with her coursework and activities at CCSU as well as her undergraduate research project with adjunct faculty member Allison Charney and retired UCONN faculty member Randy Steinen. You can read the abstract of her 2019 Northeast Geological Society of America conference poster presentation, “Origins of Columns in West Rock Ridge Diabase: Cooling Cracks or Tectonic Joints,” here:

Congrats Jess! You rock!

CCSU Rocks Connecticut Geology


The CCSU Geological Sciences Department was well represented at the recent annual meeting of the Geological Society of Connecticut.

Faculty member Dr. Michael Wizevich (far left) reports “A good time was had by all, especially Josh (who won the prime raffle prize of a mineral specimen) and Jess (who won a GSC guidebook).  Kaitlin Taylor was acknowledged as a winner of a student research grant. I was reelected to serve on the board of directors.”

Student Jess Peluso (second from left) adds “This past Friday night I had the privilege of attending my first Geological Society of Connecticut dinner. It was held at a beautiful hotel in Southbury. Food was served and an interesting talk was given about metamorphic terrains in western Connecticut. Throughout the event I got to shake hands and socialize with some of Connecticut’s most well known geoscientists. The highlight of my night was definitely taking home a raffle prize! I was the last of four winners and received a book about glacial Lake Hitchcock. I also got to cheer on as fellow CCSU student Josh Cope won the grand prize – a nice cluster of quartz found locally in Connecticut. It was a great evening and I would absolutely go again next year!”

Field Trip to Local Mines is a Trip Back in Time


From 1620’s to the late 1800’s several companies came in to the East Hampton, Connecticut area to mine for gold, but only a single small pocket was found. However, nickel and cobalt were more plentiful, although still limited. There is a single mafic dike-type intrusion that contains mineralization. It was small, below the water table, and had very low yields. Interestingly, the area has a lot of arsenopyrite and silver-minerals. It is pretty amazing to think that no one apparently noticed the silver. All of the mine shafts left today are fairly deep and total about 1100 ft in length (I’ve found 6 total). In the end, the mining businesses went  bankrupt. In the 1940’s the surface pegmatite dikes were quarried for their huge, perfect micas, some as big as 1.8 by 0.6 m!!! The sheets were used in electronics, for example in World War II communication technologies like radios.  – Dr. Allison Charney