Geoscience Day 2017

  • Senior geoscience majors will present their research at the 43rd annual Geoscience Day.

    Where: IUP, Weyandt Hall Planetarium

    When: April 28, 2017

    Presentation Schedule

    8:10 a.m. — Opening Remarks

    Dr. Karen Rose Cercone

    Session I: Sedimentology and Environmental Geology

    • 8:15 a.m. — Kyle Potts:
      A Characterization of the Foreknobs Formation
    • 8:30 a.m. Travis Anderson:
      Testing and Comparing Methane Flow Measuring Instruments

    • 8:45 a.m. — Molly Rudolchick:
      Quantifying Methane Emissions from Abandoned Legacy Natural Gas Wells

    • 9:00 a.m. Rachel Krueger:
      The Effectiveness of Scrubbers on the Homer City Generating Station

    • 9:15 a.m. Phil Meli:
      Characterizing Macroporous Dissolution Features in the Upper Portion of the Biscayne Aquifer in Everglades National Park Using Ground-Penetrating Radar

    9:30 a.m. — Coffee Break and Poster Session

    Session II: Astronomy, Tectonics, and Volcanology

    • 9:45 a.m. Cara Mehalek:
      Water on Mars and the Potential for Briny Aquifers
    • 10:00 a.m. — Danielle Guttman:
      Water on Mars and the Potential for Briny Aquifers
    • 10:15 a.m. Allie Berry:
      The Longitudinal and Vertical distribution of Brittle Deformation in the South Central Range of Taiwan: Constraints from Earthquakes and Mesoscale Faults

    • 10:30 a.m. Cate Bressers:
      Deformation Patterns from Strain Inversions along the Eastern Margin of the Orogenic Suture in Eastern Taiwan

    • 10:45 a.m. Dan Golus:
      Recrystallization of Basaltic Tephra through Re-heating Experiments

    • 11:00 a.m. Cyrielle Humbert:
      Experimental Crystallization of Basaltic Tephra under the Influence of NaCl

    11:15–12:45 Lunch Break

    Session III: Hydrology

    • 12:45 p.m. Matt Spegal:
      Removing Atmospheric Pressure Influences on Stream Water Level Data; Indiana County, PA

    • 1:00 p.m. Mason Luster:
      The Impact of Environmental Factors on Stream and Pond Temperatures

    • 1:15 p.m. Ian Dickie and Tyler Lloyd:
      Investigating State-Discharge Relationships during Flood Events in Marsh Run, Indiana PA

    Session IV: Featured Alumni Presentation

    • 1:45 p.m. Dave Curry '91:
      PAESTA and My Favorite Earth/Space STEM Activities

    2:45 p.m. — Closing Remarks

    Dr. Steve Hovan