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Geology Alumni Updates Geology Faculty

Geology Department Overview

The Geology Department continued its successful teaching and research program this year by helping students to engage in their independent research and study. One of the continuing goals is to expose upper level students to the professional world of geological sciences. This year, we encouraged all geology students to participate in the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America , North-central Section at Evansville, IN. Seven students attended with two presenting their research. Programs and classes in Geology at Muskingum have been steadily expanding for several years. The average size of upper level classes are doubled compared to six or seven years ago.

Other Departmental News:

  • Eric Law, Department of Geology, and Jay Shaffstall, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, received funds to create computer simulation modeling of cave formation at Mammoth Cave in Kentucky.
  • Stephen VanHorn will mentor student Matt Konkler in a project to examine and compare stream morphology in a headwater catchment significantly affected by surface mining with morphology of a headwater catchment that has not been surface mined.
  • Assistant Professor of Biology, Shelley Judge, is leaving Muskingum College to take a faculty position at Wooster College. She will be missed, and we wish her the best.

Geology Department Activities During Academic year 2007-2008

Annual Geological of Society of America Meeting, Denver, Colorado, Oct. 28-31, 2007

This meeting was attended by Jason Tarbert, Ashley Burkett, Shelley Judge and Stephen Van Horn. Jason Tarbert presented the results of his senior research during a poster session sponsored by Sigma Gamma Epsilon. His presentation was titled “EFFECTS OF SURFACE MINING ON STREAM WATER QUALITY IN THE WILLS CREEK WATERSHED, SOUTHEASTERN OHIO: PH, SPECIFIC CONDUCTANCE AND SULFATE TRENDS”. Stephen Van Horn was a coauthor on this presentation.

Stephen Van Horn presented the following: “MAJOR-ION CHEMISTRY OF SURFACE WATER AND IDENTIFICATION OF HYDROGEOCHEMCIAL PROCESSES IN A RECOVERING SURFACE-MINED WATERSHED, THE WILDS, SOUTHEASTERN OHIO”. Jason Tarbert and former Muskie Jason Esselburn were coauthors. Jason is currently attending Wright State University working towards a Masters degree.

Shelley Judge presented the following: “INTRODUCING STUDENTS TO PALEOCLIMATE RESEARCH IN A LIBERAL ARTS SETTING (MUSKINGUM COLLEGE, OHIO): JOINT OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTIONS/U.S. SCIENCE SUPPORT PROGRAM'S UNDERGRADUATE SUPPLEMENT AWARD AT WORK”.


21st Keck Geology Consortium Undergraduate Research Symposium, April 17-20, 2008

Ashley Burkett and Shelley Judge attended this meeting where Ashley presented the results of her senior research, which was part of a group project, Carbonate Depositional Systems of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Island, supervised by  professors at Oberlin and Macalester Colleges. Ashley presented the following: "TAPHONOMHY OF MULLUSK SPECIES FOUND IN LAGOONAL CORES OF SMUGGLER'S COVE, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS."


North-Central Geological Society of America Meeting, Evansville, Indiana, April 24-25, 2008

This meeting was attended by eight students and all three professors. The students were Zach Elliston, Joseph Foreman, Jennifer Sorrell, Caleb Butcher, Scott Madison, Anthony Carson, Matt Konkler and Doug Caton. Joseph Foreman and Jennifer Sorrell presented the results of their senior research projects. Joe’s presentation was titled “QUANTIFYING LAND USE AND WATER QUALITY CHANGES WITHIN A SMALL RURAL WATERSHED IN SOUTHEASTERN OHIO (1961-2004)”. Stephen Van Horn was a coauthor on this presentation. Jennifer’s presentation was titled “ICE-RAFTED DEBRIS IN THE NORTH ATLANTIC DURING THE PLEISTOCENE (~1.4-1.7 MA): INTEGRATED OCEAN DRILLING PROGRAM (IODP) EXPEDITION 306, SITE U1314”. Shelley Judge was a coauthor on this presentation. Eric Law presented the following “THE BUDGET OF POTASSIUM IN THE CRUST-MANTLE DYNAMIC ENVIRONMENT”.


The Geology Department Welcomes Dr. David Rodland to the Faculty

The department would like to welcome Dr. David Rodland, who will be joining us for the 2008-2009 academic year. David will be teaching several sections of Introduction to Geology each semester and will teach Paleontology in the fall and Earth History in the spring. He is currently teaching at SUNY Oswego. He earned his Ph. D. from Virginia Tech. We look forward to working with him this coming year.

 

Geology Students Present Research at Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Week Poster Session

The Science Division held its annual Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Week in April, during which students presented their research findings in poster presentations. Each worked with the faculty at Muskingum, as well as with experts and organizations from outside the campus. To read abstracts of all students that participated, please go to the program.

Geology Students who participated in the poster session were the following:

Joseph D. Foreman and Dr. Stephen Van Horn: QUANTIFIYING LAND USE AND WATER QUALITY CHANGES WITHIN A SMALL RURAL WATERSHED IN SOUTHEASTERN OHIO (1961-2004).

Wes Jordan: EVIDENCE OF THE STILOSTOMELLA EXTINCTION DURING THE MID-PLEISTOCENE IN THE CENTRAL NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN:  INTEGRATED OCEAN DRILLING PROGRAM (IODP) EXPEDITION 306 SITE U1314 ON THE GARDAR DRIFT.

Jennifer Sorrell: ICE-RAFTED DEBRIS IN THE NORTH ATLANTIC DURING THE PLEISTOCENE (~1.4-1.7 MA): INTEGRATED OCEAN DRILLING PROGRAM (IODP) EXPEDITION 306, SITE U1314.

Jason Tarbert and Dr. Stephen Van Horn: THE EFFECTS OF SURFACE MINING ON STREAM WATER QUALITY IN THE WILLS CREEK WATERSHED, SOUTHEASTERN OHIO: PH, SPECIFIC CONDUCTANE AND SULFATE TRENDS.

James A. Bradford Colloquium

Environment Science Program student, Ashley Burkett, presented her research at the James A. Bradford Colloquium during Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Week in April. Seniors from all science departments and programs along with the Psychology Department present their research to faculty and other members of the Muskingum College community. Ashley worked on her research with Assistant Professor of Geology, Dr. Shelley Judge. Ashley won second place. Awards were provided by the Carolyn and Glenn Hodges Student Research Awards Fund.

2rd Place

Ashley Burkett, Environmental Science Program

TAPHONOMY OF MOLLUSC SPECIES FOUND IN LAGOONAL CORES OF SMUGGLER’S CAVE, U.S.V.I

Thirteen 3-inch soft sediment cores were extracted using a diver-operated vibrocore system powered by a hydraulic motor in St. Croix in the U.S.V.I. When studying the taphonomic characteristics of surface mollusc assemblages from different environments in the St. Croix reef/lagoon system taphonomic signature for each area may be able to be determined. The cores were studied with the objectives of describing the taphonomic state of all molluscs taken from lagoon surface and downcore samples, assessing taphonomic correlations between surface samples and downcore samples at each site, searching for any taphonomic and facies correlations between cores, as well as documenting lagoonal facies. migration through time.