St. Lawrence Geology Alumni
Geology Students Earn Research Presentation Awards at National  Geological Society of America Meeting in Denver
October 31- November 3, 2010

Students receive awards from Sigma Gamma Epislon, The National Honor Society for the Earth Sciences
Murphy
John Murphy '11 and advisor Jeff Chiarenzelli '81 pose in front of their poster with Wendell Caesar '11.  John recieved the National Council award  from Sigma Gamma Epislon for “An investigation of stream chemistry variability in watersheds of central St. Lawrence County, New York” John is a Geology major and Chemistry minor, and is advised by Drs. J. Chiarenzelli (Geology) and Matthew Skeels (Chemistry).
Cowan
Hannah Cowan '11 posing with her poster “Rafinesquina alternata as a photosymbiont host: Shedding new light on old questions” for which she received the Austin A. Sartin Award for Outstanding Student Research Award.  Hannah is a Geology-Biology double major and was
advised by Dr. J. Mark Erickson  


St. Lawrence University’s Geology Department was well represented at the recent annual meeting of the Geological Society of America meeting in Denver, October 30th – November 3rd. Four faculty members, ten students, and several dozen alums were on hand for the meeting of more than 6,000 geoscientists. Students who presented their research included Wendell Caesar (’11), Jake Colony (’11), Hannah Cowan (’11), Katie Hoskinson (’11), Kyle Marvinney (’11), John Murphy (’11), and Ben Rendall (’11). Additionally, students Peter Christofferson (’13), Katherine Kelsey (’11), Matthew Smith (’11), and Paul Stapell (’11) attended the meeting. The quality of the students’ research efforts was clearly visible in the poster sessions in which they participated.

Hannah Cowan (’11) and John Murphy (’11) won Sigma Gamma Epsilon’s Austin A. Sartin and National Council awards for their respective poster presentations entitled “Rafinesquina alternata as a photosymbiont host: Shedding new light on old questions” and “An investigation of stream chemistry variability in watersheds of central St. Lawrence County, New York”. Hannah is a Geology-Biology double major and was advised by Dr. J. Mark Erickson. John is a Geology major and Chemistry minor, and is advised by Drs. J. Chiarenzelli (Geology) and Matthew Skeels (Chemistry). This is the
fourth consecutive international meeting at which St. Lawrence geology students have won research presentation awards.

St. Lawrence faculty members Drs. Jeff Chiarenzelli, J. Mark Erickson, Antun Husinec, and Alexander Stewart also attended the meeting and presented research related to a variety of subjects including Adirondack iron ores, the Nd systematics of New York’s Devonian shales, palynomorphs from the Fox Hills Formation, and salinity- and-climate controlled bioturbation in shallow tropical seas. Dr. Alexander Stewart presented a poster entitled “Soldier-geologist hybrid: Part of an innovative U.S. Army Counterinsurgency method in Afghanistan” highlighting his recent experience as a
geologist in the military. A reception honoring alumni and students was held Sunday evening at the Wynkoop Brewery in Denver and attended by more than fifty people, including many who have donated to the James S. Street Fund which helps support student research and travel to such meetings.

For a full  list of papers presented by faculty and students and alumni, please click here.  The list is probably not complete for alumni presenters at the meeting.

Last Updated: 
November 10, 2010

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