Alum “Masters” Antarctica Research

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On April 30, Melissa Luna (CCSU Geological Sciences ’16) successfully defended her MA thesis at Wesleyan University.  The title of her thesis is: Changing Climate During the Pliocene: Sediment Interpretations from Site 697, the Jane Basin, Weddell Sea, Antarctica.  Here is Melissa in a celebratory mood after her defense, joined by her parents, her thesis supervisor Suzanne O’Connell, and Michael Wizevich, who was her undergraduate research supervisor at CCSU and served on her MA committee.

Congratulations to Melissa!

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CCSU Rocks Northeastern Region Geological Society of America Meeting

[Left: Group shot; not shown Dr. Oluyinka Oyewumi and Dr. Michael Wizevich; Right: Henry Abbott, Kelsey Duffy, Sara Poppa, and Rachael Kurtz decide on morning talks to attend]

Sixteen students, one recent graduate, and five faculty members from the CCSU Geological Sciences Department are attending the Northeastern Region Geological Society of America Conference in Burlington, VT. Their combined research resulted in thirteen poster presentations at this conference. Read about their exciting original work below. CCSU student authors are in italics; recent graduates are in bold:

Neal Hulstein and Mark Evans, THE FRACTURE AND FLUID HISTORY OF THE BIG ELK ANTICLINE IN THE IDAHO PORTION OF THE NORTHERN WYOMING SALIENT

Ian Murphy and Mark Evans, THE FRACTURE AND FLUID HISTORY OF TWO ANTICLINES IN THE NORTHERN WYOMING SALIENT

Mark Evans,  THE EFFECTS OF SYNTECTONIC LOADING ON THE STRUCTURAL GEOMETRY AND DEVELOPMENT OF VALLEY & RIDGE OF THE PENNSYLVANIA SALIENT

Brendan Hughes, Chrisette Landell, and Mark Evans, AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE MECHANICAL STRATIGRAPHY OF A PORTION OF THE TRIASSIC NEW HAVEN ARKOSE, SIMSBURY, CONNECTICUT

Isabelle Kisluk, Abigail Underwood, Willow Reichard-Flynn, Michael Wizevich, and Edward Simpson, CHARACTERIZATION AND INTERPRETATION OF A LACUSTRINE MICROBIALITE UNIT IN THE EARLY CRETACEOUS YELLOW CAT MEMBER, CEDAR MOUNTAIN FORMATION, EAST-CENTRAL UTAH 

Willow Reichard-Flynn, Shannon Evans, Isabelle KislukAbigail Underwood, Edward Simpson, and Michael Wizevich, A PROBABLE EARLY CRETACEOUS PARACOPID DUNG BEETLE NEST, UPPER YELLOW CAT MEMBER, CEDAR MOUNTAIN FORMATION, EAST-CENTRAL UTAH

Abigail Underwood, Michael Wizevich, Isabelle Kisluk, Edward Simpson, and Willow Reichard-Flynn, SEDIMENTARY FACIES ANALYSIS OF THE EARLY CRETACEOUS POISON STRIP AND RUBY RANCH MEMBERS OF THE CEDAR MOUNTAIN FORMATION, EAST-CENTRAL UTAH

Joseph Croze, Steven Kennedy, Sourav Chakraborty, and Oluyinka Oyewumi, GEOCHEMICAL ASSESSMENT OF POLYCHLORINATED BIPHENYL (PCBS) AND OTHER TRACE ELEMENTS WITHIN THE LOWER SEGMENT OF THE HOUSATONIC RIVER, CONNECTICUT

Oluyinka Oyewumi, Maxwell Meadows, Emma Colucci, and Allison Weinsteiger (Charney), EVALUATING MOBILIZATION AND TRANSPORT OF TRACE ELEMENTS WITHIN PREDOMINANTLY AGRICULTURAL SOILS OF LEBANON, CT

Emma Colucci and Oluyinka Oyewumi, SOURCES, DISTRIBUTION, AND TRANSPORT OF MERCURY AND OTHER TRACE ELEMENTS WITHIN FARMINGTON RIVER SEDIMENTS, HARTFORD COUNTY, CT 

Steven Kennedy, Joseph Croze, Sourav Chakraborty, and Oluyinka Oyewumi, ASSESSING RELEASE OF POLYCHLORINATED BIPHENYLS (PCBS) AND OTHER CHEMICAL ELEMENTS ALONG THE UPPER SEGMENT OF HOUSATONIC RIVER, MASSACHUSETTS 

Allison Charney, Randolph Steinen, and Margaret Thomas, MESOZOIC DIABASE DIKE NOMENCLATURE IN CONNECTICUT

Kristine Larsen, LADY GRACE ANNE PRESTWICH (1832-99) AND THE POPULARIZATION OF GEOLOGY

Students Shine at Local Mineral Show

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Ben Bogue demonstrates the polarizing microscope

Once again, CCSU Geological Sciences students were rock stars at the annual Meriden Mineral and Gem Show. Students aided Department Chair Dr. Mark Evans in explaining the geology of Connecticut, helping children of all ages look “inside” a rock with the help of a polarizing microscope, and giving out samples of local rocks. Read about the show here.

Meet the Rock Stars: Abby Underwood

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Junior Abby Underwood (majoring in Earth Science with a concentration in Geology) taking a break from her field work in Utah.

Current research project: Sedimentary facies analysis of the Early Cretaceous Poison Strip and Ruby Ranch Members of the Cedar Mountain Formation, East-Central Utah

Research advisor: Dr. Michael Wizevich

Favorite class in the department (and why): Geomorphology. I loved this class as physical geology interests me most. I think it is amazing to be able to go to places and understand how and why landscapes are the way they are due to geological processes.

Other CCSU activities: past member of the Women’s Golf Team.

Most amazing thing you’ve learned at CCSU: I think the most amazing thing that I have learned at CCSU is to enhance your college experience in every way you can. I used to play for the golf team at Central and realized it was doing nothing but holding me back from doing the things I really wanted to do. If I hadn’t quit I don’t think I would’ve been able to take the wonderful opportunity to travel and do research with Dr. Wizevich. That was the most eye-opening experience of my college career in terms of my career and education path but also in terms of what I was capable of. The connections I have with the professors in my department are amazing and I am very glad I quit golf to indulge in my studies more.

Meet the Rock Stars: Jess Peluso

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Jess Peluso is a Sophomore majoring in Earth Sciences with a Concentration in Planetary Geology and a minor in Astronomy.

Current research project: Mapping ejecta around Martian craters (Bam, Noord) in infrared using ARCGIS.

Research advisor: Dr. Jen Piatek

Favorite class in the department (and why): Dynamic Earth or Stellar and Galactic Astronomy. Dynamic Earth was one of my first Earth Science classes and it was fascinating to learn how truly complex and dynamic all Earth processes are. Also liked Astronomy because it puts into perspective how amazing the Earth is compared to the vastness/loneliness of space.

Other CCSU activities: Geology and Planetary Sciences Club (GPS)

The most amazing thing you’ve learned at CCSU: The geologic history of my home state as well as the history of our universe, galaxy, star system. Learning about the natural world around me gives me more appreciation for it.

Meet the Rock Stars: Steven Kennedy

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Steve Kennedy conducting field work. He is a Senior majoring in Earth Sciences with a specialization in Geology.

Current research project: Assessing release of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) and other chemical elements along the upper segment of the Housatonic River, MA.

Research advisor: Dr. Oluyinka Oyewumi

Favorite class in the department (and why): Structural geology. We went on very interesting field trips to help explain what we learned in class. The topics we covered in class appealed to me more than other classes.

Other CCSU activities: Tennis Club

Most amazing thing you’ve learned at CCSU: Individual research projects are both helpful to you during and after college as well as fun to conduct.

Meet the Rock Stars: Emma Colucci

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Emma Colucci, a Senior majoring in Earth Sciences with a concentration in Geology, doing chemical analysis in Dr. Oyewumi’s lab

Current research project: (1) Sources, Distribution, and Transport of Mercury and Other Trace Elements within Farmington River Sediments, Hartford County, CT.

(2) Evaluating Mobilization and Transport of Trace Elements within Predominantly Agricultural Soils of Lebanon, CT

Research Advisor: Dr. Oluyinka Oyewumi

Favorite class in the department (and why): Earth and Life History. This was the first class I took in this department and fell in love with Earth Science and decided to switch my major because of this class with Dr. Evans.

Other CCSU Activities: Head usher/Assistant manager at Events Management; Intramural soccer and volleyball; Geology and Planetary Sceince CLub; Sigma Gamma Epsilon Earth Science Honors Society

Most amazing thing you’ve learned at CCSU: How crystals grow. Dr. Evans was even able to show us growing crystal faces underneath a microscope which was amazing!

Meet the Rock Stars: Neal Hulstein

 

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Neal Hulstein (seen taking a break during his summer field work in Wyoming) is a Senior majoring in Earth Sciences with a concentration in Geology.

Current research project: The fracture and fluid history of the Big Elk Anticline in the Idaho portion of the Northern Wyoming salient.

Research advisor: Dr. Mark Evans

Favorite class in the department (and why): Structural Geology because there are awesome fieldtrips involved (Beavertail Point!). It is just a fun subject to learn as well.

Other CCSU activities: Geology and Planetary Science Club (GPS); Sigma Gamma Epsilon Earth Sciences Honors Society

Most amazing thing you’ve learned at CCSU: There are more opportunities to be involved at CCSU than I would have ever imagined.

Meet the Rock Stars: Sara Poppa

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Sara Poppa (right, seen volunteering at a rock and mineral show) is a Senior majoring in Earth Science with a Concentration in Geology and Minor in Astronomy.

Current Research Project: Reclassifying BY Draconis Variable Stars

Research Advisor: Dr. Kristine Larsen

Favorite Class and Why: Stellar and Galactic Astronomy because it was the first astronomy class I took in college. It interested me because stars fascinate me and the idea of other galaxies being out there was mind blowing to me. The way Dr. Larsen taught the class kept my attention and the topics she spoke about were always interesting.

Other CCSU Activities: President the of the Geology and Planetary Sciences Club, Resident Assistant, and members of the Esports Club and the Table Top Games Club

Most amazing thing you’ve learned at CCSU: The most important thing I learned here at CCSU is to get involved. When you get involved opportunities open up for you almost everywhere, you meet new people, helps build character, and you learn more about yourself along the way. If I did not get involved I would not have the amazing friends and fulfilling job, that I have today I would have stayed the quiet girl that only came out of her room for food and class.

Meet the Rock Stars: Joe Croze

Editorial note: This is the first in a series of posts that highlight our amazing students! See Yourself at CCSU in the Geological Sciences Department.

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Joe Croze (seen here doing field work) is a Senior majoring in Earth Sciences with a concentration in Geology and a minor in Astrobiology.

Current research project: Geochemical Assessment of Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCB) and other Trace Elements within the lower segment of the Housatonic River, Connecticut.

Research advisor: Dr. Oluyinka Oyewumi

Favorite class in the department (and why): Environmental Geochemistry. It was challenging, but extremely rewarding. The class deals with real world problems that a geoscientist can expect to encounter outside of school.

Other CCSU activities: The Geology and Planetary Sciences Club (GPS); Sigma Gamma Epsilon Earth Sciences Honors Society

Most amazing thing you’ve learned at CCSU: The life cycle and death of stars.