This summer I went to northeastern Nevada for the Keck Exhumation and Tectonic significance of the Wood Hill-East Humbolt Range Metamorphic Core Complex project. We collected samples in the Wood hill, East Humbolt range and Pequop Mountains in order to better understand the...Read More
My name is Karyn DeFranco and I am a senior Geology major. Over the summer I spent approximately two weeks in Dominica with Professor Frey and two other Union students, collecting 83 meteoric and hydrothermal water samples. Upon returning to the US, I spent four weeks analyzing...Read More
This summer I was at the University of Connecticut for the Keck New England Holocene project, where we looked at sediments and land forms to understand the regional history of floods, climate change, and human impact. We took sediment cores from wetlands in eastern and western...Read More
This summer, I worked at the Cumberland Gulf Group as their Environmental & Regulatory Affairs Intern. In the Environmental Department of the company, I learned about the measures they took to prevent gasoline releases into nature, and the methods they used to remediate...Read More
This summer I was fortunate enough to experience and explore two very different aspects of geology. My summer began with a two week research trip to Dominica with Professor Holli Frey, Karyn Defranco (’16) and Rebecca Babiak (’16) to collect samples for my thesis....Read More
Research: Radioactivity of the Lucerne Pluton, Maine: evidence for post‐intrusive uranium redistribution This summer I traveled to Steuben, ME to study uranium distribution in the radioactive Lucerne granite in Maine, which has elevated radon and uranium, and thus poses a...Read More
This summer I traveled to Dominica to continue researching the young (>100 ka) ignimbrite deposits found throughout this volcanically active island. Our research team (Prof. Holli Frey, Sarah Kittross, Karyn DeFranco, and I) spent ten days out in the field collecting over...Read More
This summer, I was fortunate enough to obtain an internship conducting geology research for RESESS, UNACO in Boulder, Colorado. I worked very closely with Professors Becky Flowers and James Metcalf at CU Boulder, contributing towards their efforts at better understanding the...Read More
As a geologist with interests in the visual arts, I wanted to see how these two disciplines could intersect. Throughout my time at Union I enrolled in three ceramics practicums and learned some basic glaze chemistry. In the courses we made our own glazes but the ingredients...Read More
This summer I had the great opportunity to spend three weeks in the Peruvian Andes as part of a Keck Geology Consortium fellowship. While there, we collected water and surface sediment samples and took direct measurements of water chemistry from glacially-fed lakes in two...Read More
This summer I went to southeastern Alaska to study the flysch of the Prince William – Chugach terrene with a group of 6 students led by professors John Garver and Cameron Davidson. Keck Geology Consortium and the National Science Foundation funded this fieldwork and research....Read More
This summer I worked for in the environmental sector of Kleinfelder. Kleinfelder works with Exxon Mobil and Cumberland Farms in efforts to help clean up their oil/gas spills. This job required me to work in the field and in the office. When I was working in the field I would...Read More
This summer I was able to explore two different aspects of geology: Dominician petrology and paleoclimate reconstruction through oxygen isotopes in trees. The summer started with a ten-day trip to Dominica with professors Holli Frey and Matt Manon and students Sarah Brehm (’15)...Read More
To accurately predict future climate change, a greater knowledge of paleoclimate and influences controlling climate variations must be obtained. There exists an increasing demand for precisely dated high-resolution records of past environments. Speleothems, secondary calcite...Read More
My research conducted this past summer as part of a four-week Davenport Undergraduate Research Grant involved the preparation and geochemical analysis of a speleothem collected in 1828 from the Gage Caverns in Schoharie, New York. Laser ablation Inductively-Coupled Plasma Mass...Read More
This summer I worked both in the field and at Union College collecting samples and data for my senior thesis under the Mellon Foundation Grant. Professor Frey, Professor Manon, Emily Crampe, Sarah Brehm, and I spent 10 days traveling to the volcanic island of Dominica, which is...Read More
This summer I continued research on the Pleistocene ignimbrite deposits in Layou and Roseau as well as various other volcanic deposits throughout the island of Dominica. During the 2012-13 school year we traveled to Dominica and collected pumice samples from the Layou and...Read More
This summer, I spent three weeks in Alaska on the Keck Geology Consortium internship. The group consisted of six students from around the country led by Professor John Garver and Professor Cam Davidson. It was the experience of a lifetime! We were stationed out of Seward and...Read More
Nicholas Weidhaas ’15 was awarded the Northeastern Section of the Geological Society of America Stephen Pollock Undergraduate Research Program grant. His research involves Holocene climatic change in the Peruvian Andes where he will study the impacts of climate change on...Read More
Our program is strong and well-equipped, and is located in one of the most geologically diverse regions in the eastern U.S. We take advantage of our resources, and most courses involve both field and lab work. We have a variety of popular lab and non-lab courses at the introductory level.
We also have a strong undergraduate-oriented research program, with a wide variety of ongoing projects. We are a member of the Keck Geology Consortium, which offers additional research opportunities every summer.
Geology majors can and frequently do minor or double major in related disciplines such as Engineering, Economics, Chemistry, Political Science, Biology, or Physics, or any other field at Union.
Laboratory facilities and research in the geology department are discussed together because of the close connection between available laboratory equipment and research programs. Research in our department serves the dual role of faculty development and teaching. Research labs are the same labs in which many upper level courses are taught. Participation in research and research-like experiences are a vital part of the Union Geology education. All laboratory equipment is used in courses, and is accessible to students for use in independent, faculty supervised research projects.
Many careers are open to Union Geology graduates because of our emphasis on research-oriented activities, technical writing, field work, and public speaking. Our graduates are extraordinarily well prepared for graduate school and many professional fields compared to their peers. About half of our graduates go on to graduate school, and the other half into a wide variety of Geoscience and other fields.