The Geoscience Department was well represented at the fall 2014 American Geophysical Union (AGU) meeting in San Francisco this past December. Presentations by Sierra Davis, a current undergraduate, as well as many of the faculty were combined with time for networking with former IUP students.
Davis (’15) presented research she did during the past summer at a
Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) research site at the
University of Rhode Island. Her work focused on the paleoclimate in
Antarctica as recorded in offshore sediments that have been cored and
imaged using reflection seismology (abstract). Greg Mount was a coauthor on
three posters covering carbon cycling and hydrologeology in the Florida
Everglades (abstracts). Nick Deardorff presented a poster about lava flow
dynamics gleaned from mathematical analysis of high-resolution elevation
data (abstract). Jon Lewis presented a talk on the active tectonics of
southern Taiwan, work done with current undergraduate students Allie
Berry and Chaz Cavalotti and recent
graduate Dan O’Hara (’14) (abstract). O’Hara also presented new work
he is doing in Arizona and Utah with his graduate advisor. Another recent graduate presenting
research at the meeting was Kalin McDannel, who is in year four of his
PhD at Lehigh. IUP faculty member Katie Farnsworth also attended, as the meeting was just up the road from her sabbatical location, and recent graduate Sage Wagner (’14) was also in attendance through his graduate program.
AGU meeting is the largest Earth
and Space science meeting in the world with over 24,000 attendees. The IUP presence alone
covered carbon cycling and karst formation in Florida, lava flows in
Oregon, ancient climate records in Antarctic, igneous rock emplacement
in Utah and Arizona, ancient uplift of mountains in Mongolia, and active
uplift in Taiwan. The IUP Geoscience Department also held an alumni meetup while in San Francisco. It was great to catch up with some of our recent alumni who were in attendance.