Geoscience Day 2015

The senior geoscience majors will present their research at the 41st annual Geoscience Day.

Where: IUP, Weyandt Hall Planetarium

When: April 24, 2015

Geoscience Day 2015 Program (PDF)

Presentation Schedule

  • 8:20 a.m. - Welcome and Introduction by Dr. Steve Hovan
  • Session 1: Astronomy, Paleontology and Oceanography
    • 8:30 - Tim Kennelly: Exploring Acheron Fosse
    • 8:45 - Luke Tatarko: Observing Jovian Radio Emissions and the Effects of Solar Wind
    • 9:00 - Tyler Allen: Upper Cambrian and Lower Ordovician Conodonts from the Jones Ridge Limestone, East-Central Alaska
    • 9:15 - Jeremiah Thomas: Paleontology and Geology of the Ore Hill Member of the Upper Cambrian Gatesburg Formation in Centre County Pennsylvania
    • 9:30 - Sierra Davis: Record of the Earliest West Antarctic Ice Sheet Beneath Ross Sea?
  • 9:45 - Coffee Break and Poster Viewing
  • Session 2: Volcanology and Structure
    • 10:00 - Megan Barlow: Crystal Size Distributions on Submarine Lava Flows at NW Rota-1, Mariana Arc
    • 10:15 - Troy Berkey: Lava Flow Mapping in the Oregon Cascades: A Morphometric and Compositional Investigation
    • 10:30 - Alisha Johnson: Determining Changes in Eruption Dynamics and Composition at NW-Rota 1
    • 10:45 - Eric Peroli: Volume Change in the Bellefonte Formation by Examination of Stylolites and Veins
    • 11:00 - Matt Magill: Volcanic Pressurization and Related Structural Fabrics at the Heart Mountain Detachment
    • 11:15 - Katie Snyder: Where Do Forearc Slivers Form in Subduction Zones: Preliminary Study of Tectonics in Costa Rica
  • 11:30-1:00 p.m. Lunch Break
  • Session 3: Energy and the Environment
    • 1:00 - Jon Greenawalt: Are Phase I Environmental Site Assessments Sufficiently Accurate for Effective Use in Real Estate Decisions?
    • 1:15 - Jim Burt: Locating and Mapping Abandoned Gas Wells, Part 1 - Establishing Baseline Electromagnetic Profiles for a Former Gas Well on the IUP Campus
    • 1:30- Jody Rotto: Locating and Mapping Abandoned Gas Wells, Part 2 - Testing Baseline Electromagnetic Profiles on a Former Gas Well Near Glen Campbell, Pennsylvania
    • 1:45 - Matt Wimer: The Impact of Price Changes on Oil & Gas Exploration and Development
    • 2:00- Melissa Jones: Modeling Overburden in New York State
    • 2:15- Leslie McConnell: A Compartative Study of Brine-Injection Induced Earthquakes
  • Alumni Presentation
    • 2:30-3:30 p.m: Rich Parrish ('75) "A Life in the Oil Patch: My Experiences Since Graduating from IUP"