Kyle McQuiggan’s Summer Research

Kyle McQuiggan’s Summer Research

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 paleoclimte proxy using chemistry changes in speleothems. Through the grant, I was able to travel to Belgium and work closely with Sophie Verheyden, head Cave Geologist at the Royal Institute of Natural Sciences in Brussels, Belgium.  While in Brussels I collected drip water and recent calcite from the cave that my speleothem grew in.  Working outside of the U.S. with Belgian scientists was incredibly rewarding and I am extremely grateful to the Union College Undergraduate Research program and the Geology Field Fund for making this international research experience possible.