Katherine Swager’s Summer Research

This summer I spent 2 weeks in Dominica, Lesser Antilles, working in the field with Professor Holli Frey. We collected hundreds of pounds of rocks, as well as water samples from meteoric and hydrothermal streams throughout the island. Back on campus, I processed my samples for their chemistry, and analyzed apatite grains on the Scanning Electron Microscope. Further research will see to understand the complex cathodoluminescence zoning in apatite crystals, and to determine their halogen content to infer eruptive and magmatic processes. For the second half of my summer I participated in a field course through the University of Michigan in Jackson Hole, WY. I spent three weeks exploring the Tetons and learning about the geologic evolution of western Wyoming.

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