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
Meghan Riehl (2014), Kate Kaminski (2014), traveled with Professor Garver and four other team members to the 2014 Cordilleran Tectonics Workshop to present their poster on the Cooling and exhumation of the Sitka Graywacke on Baranof Island in Alaska. Kate and Meghan presented...Read More
I participated in a Keck Geology Consortium project to the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica, where I was characterizing the aftershock seismicity above the rupture zone of the September 5, 2012 Mw= 7.6 Nicoya Earthquake. The Keck group consisted of a geophysics team and a...Read More
Thermal evolution and provenance of the Sitka Graywacke from Baranof Island, Alaska revealed through detrital zircon fission track dating For about four weeks in June and July of this year, I had the opportunity to participate in the KECK project led by Prof. John Garver (Union...Read More
Over the summer I began work on my senior thesis, which is looking at the isotopic signatures of carbon and oxygen in hurricane and non-hurricane years in Loblolly Pine form North Carolina. Therefore, I set up and tested an α-cellulose extraction method on some Loblolly pine....Read More
This past summer I was granted an eight-week research grant through Union College to examine the elemental and isotopic ratio changes in a Belgian Speleothem. My work on my speleothem has evolved into my senior thesis and is part of a much larger project to generate a...Read More
My summer started in the Andes of Peru, where I completed my second round of glacial geology research. Unlike last summer, when our sites were spread out forcing us to travel by foot around the Sarcsorayac complex, and the outskirts of the Sacred Valley (where the famous Inca...Read More
Detrital Zircon Fission Track Analysis of the Baranof Schist of Whale Bay, Alaska The Baranof Schist in southeastern Alaska is the metamorphosed region of the Sitka Graywacke of the Chugach-Prince William terrane. Samples of the Baranof Schist were collected from a transect of...Read More
Over the summer I traveled to Colton, NY in order to obtain a core from Fox Fen, which was retrieved with a square rod piston corer. The core retrieved was approximately 20m, and was analyzed for magnetic susceptibility, bulk density, and moisture content. Currently, I am using...Read More
This past summer, I entered an 8-week fellowship program through Union, and during this time was fortunate enough to embark on a 3-week field season to the Huaguruncho Massif in the Peruvian Andes. The field team consisted of me and two others from Union, Professor Don Rodbell...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.