Geoscience Students and Faculty Present Research at American Geophysical Union International Meeting

Posted on 1/15/2015 5:34:13 PM

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.

The 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.