Recent Student Research Projects*

with Geosciences faculty (2010-

*300-level independent study, summer research, and grant funded

2016-2017

Disha Okhai  (year-long honors thesis)                              Advisor: David Hawkins

U-Pb age and trace element composition of zircon grains of rocks exposed during the Late Paleozoic in the Ancestral Florida Mountains of Equatorial Pangea.

Isabelle Herde  (year-long independent research project)                      Advisor: David Hawkins

Does the trace element composition of igneous zircon grains reflect the tectonic environment of magma production?

JoNan Bilodeau  (year-long independent research project)                      Advisor: David Hawkins

Constraining the provenance of 1.1. billion year old detrital zircon grains in the Late Paleozoic Delaware Basin of west Texas.

Tempestt Morgan  (summer research project and independent research)            Advisor: Katrin Monecke

  Coastal Dynamics and the Influence of Earthquakes and Tsunamis - A geological study in Aceh, Indonesia.

2015-2016

Rosalie Sharp (year-long honors thesis)                          Advisor: Dan Brabander

Confronting Environmental and Social Drivers of Lead Exposure in Urban Gardens Through Community Centered Remediation

Emma Howey  (Independent research)                            Advisor: Katrin Monecke

  Earthquake-Induced Deformation of Sediment in Sluice Pond, Lynn, MA

2014-2015

Michaela Fendrock (year-long independent research project)                    Advisor: Meg Thompson

Mapping and Geochronology of the Contact Zone of Paleozoic Cape Ann Pluton, Salem Neck, MA.

Iglika Atanassova  (year-long independent research project)                     Advisor: David Hawkins

High Resolution Provenance Study of the Permian Brushy Canyon Formation: Implications for Provenance Studies

Based on Detrital Zircon Grains.

Diana Lee  (one semester independent research project)                  Advisor: Dan Brabander

Characteristics of Shanghai’s Urban Residential PM: Monitoring Personal Exposure through Air Filtration Devices.

Greta Janigian (one semester independent research project)                  Advisor: Dan Brabander

    Examining Lead and Chromium Leaching from Weathering of Artificial Turf: A Seven Year Study at Wellesley College.

Iglika Atanassova  (summer research project)                        Advisor: Katrin Monecke

Investigating the Earthquake History of New England in Fluvial and Lacustrine Environments.

2013-2014

Sarah George (year-long honors thesis)                              Advisor: David Hawkins

Distinguishing proximal and distal sources of sandstone by combining U-Pb age, and geochemical signatures of

detrital zircons populations: An example from the Permian Brushy Canyon Formation, West Texas.

Caroline K. Templeton (year-long honors thesis)                        Advisor: Katrin Monecke

Controlling Factors of Coastal Morphology in Aceh, Indonesia, since the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami.

Rosalie Sharp  (year-long research assistant)                         Advisor: Dan Brabander

The Lead Content in Urban Compost and Implications for Urban Gardens.

Kennedy Stomps  (summer research project)                        Advisor: Katrin Monecke

Grain size analysis as a powerful tool to determine sediment dynamics.

2012-2013

Marjorie Cantine  (year-long independent research project)                      Advisor: David Hawkins

The Provenance of the Brushy Canyon Formation and its Implications for Regional Sediment Transport

During the Permian of Pangea.

Caroline Duncan  (year-long independent research project)                      Advisor: David Hawkins

Was the Pikes Peak Batholith a Point Source of Sediments during the Late Paleozoic?

Alex Hoisington  (year-long independent research project)                      Advisor: David Hawkins

Characterization of Zircons in Clasts and Sediment Eroding from the Ancestral Rocky Mountains during

the late Pennsylvanian to early Permian.

Florence Wangui Kamonji  (one semester independent research project)          Advisor: Dan Brabander

Poisoning from Used Lead Acid Battery Recycling: A Case Study from Owino Uhuru, Mombasa, Kenya.

Lauren Goldfarb (one semester independent research project)              Advisor: Katrin Monecke

Investigating the Earthquake History of New England in Lacustrine Environments.

Caroline K. Templeton (one semester independent research project)              Advisor: Katrin Monecke

Development of a Bathymetric Surveying Set-up for Lacustrine Environments.

Sarah George (one semester independent research project)                      Advisor: David Hawkins

Potential Sources for Zircons in the Permian Brushy Canyon Formation, West Texas

2011-2012

Phoebe Handler (year-long honors thesis)                             Advisor: Dan Brabander

Diet as a Prevention Tool for Chronic, Low-Level Lead Exposure: A Population-Specific Intervention.

Model for Massachusetts.

Taylor Sanchez  (year-long independent research project)                      Advisor: David Hawkins

Sequence Stratigraphy and Provenance of the Permian Brushy Canyon Formation, Delaware Basin, West Texas.

Noranda Brown (one semester independent research project)                                          Advisor: David Hawkins

Influence of subducted serpentinite on arc lavas.

Josie Leung (one semester independent research project)                   Advisor: Katrin Monecke

Exploring New England’s Earthquake History – Sediment deformation features related to the 1755AD Cape Ann

Earthquake.

Maia Fitzstevens (one semester independent research project)                 Advisor: Dan Brabander

Diet as a Prevention Tool for Chronic, Low-Level Lead Exposure: A Population-Specific Intervention

Model for Massachusetts.

Maia Fitzstevens (summer research project)                         Advisor: Dan Brabander

Diet as a Prevention Tool for Chronic, Low-Level Lead Exposure: A Population-Specific Intervention

Model for Massachusetts.

2010-2011

Kate Philbrick  (year-long independent research project)                      Advisor: David Hawkins

Geology of the Basement Rocks in the Northern Part of Yellowstone National Park (REU)

Kimberly Reed (one semester independent research project)                                                 Advisor: David Hawkins The Evolution of the Caribbean Plate and the Lesser Antilles Island Arc

Wellesley College Geoscience Department abstracts for conference proceedings ( * = undergraduate author) 2010-

2016

Abo-Sido, N.S.*, Gallagher, C.L.*, Brabander, D.J. (2016) Evaluating the potential of alkaline battery oxide powders to reduce lead mobility in urban agricultural settings. Geological Society of America. Abstracts with Programs. Vol 48, No.2.

Morgan, T.*, Monecke, K., Meilianda, E., Pilarczyk, J., Rusydy, I., Moena, A., Muzhaffat, H.,  Rais, A., Yolanda, I. P. (2016) Sedimentary Characteristics of Buried Sand Layers Deposited in a Coastal Swamp in West Aceh, Indonesia, in the Early 15th Century. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting Abstracts 2016.

Monecke, K., Meilianda, E., Walstra, D.-J., Hill, E., McAdoo, B.,  Qiang, Q., Storms, J.,Setiawan, A., Masputri, A.S., Mayasari, C.D., Nasir, M., Riandi, I., Templeton, C.* (2016) Shoreline response to seismically induced land-level changes – A case study from West Aceh, Indonesia. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting Abstracts 2016.

2015

Lee D.*, Brabander D. J (2015) Characteristics of Shanghai’s urban residential PM: Monitoring personal exposure through air filtration devices. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 47, No. 3, p.59.

Gallagher, C.L.*, Oettgen, H.L.*, Okhai, D.C.*, Brabander, D.J. (2015) Assessing Risks And Potential Benefits Of Harvesting Urban Fruit. Geological Society of America. Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 47, No. 7, p. 244.

Sharp, R. S.*, Fitzstevens, M. G., Brabander, D.J. (2015) Urban carbon cycle risks and resources: Assessing the potential of municipal compost in urban soil lead remediation. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 47, No. 7, p.244.

Monecke, K., Janigian, G. A. *, Ebel, J. E., Hubeny, J. B. (2015): Earthquake-Induced Deformation Of Organic-Rich Lake Sediments In The Northeastern United States – Preliminary Results From Walden And Sluice Ponds. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 47, No. 7, p.753.

2014

Kielb, S., Atanassova, I. *, Hubeny, J. B., Monecke, K., McCarthy, F. M.G. (2014): Cultural Eutrophication of Sluice Pond, Lynn Massachusetts, Reconstructed from Stable Isotopes Preserved in Dated Sediment Cores. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 46, No. 6, p.747.

Monecke, K., Ebel, J., Atanassova, I.*, Janigian, G.* with contributions from Benishek, C.*, Fendrock, M.*, Howey, E.*, Lee, D.*, Sharp, R.* (2014) The seismic, historic and geologic record of earthquakes in New England. New England Intercollegiate Geological Conference (NEIGC) field trip guide. Wellesley, MA.

2013

Brabander D. J., Fitzstevens M. G.* (2013) Redesigning urban carbon cycles: From waste stream to commodity. B33N-07 presented at 2013 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 9-13 Dec 2013.

Brabander D. J., Handler P. N.*, Tang F.* (2013) Secondary lead ingestion via ocular exposure to traditional south Asian, Middle Eastern and North African eye cosmetics and implications for IQ in children. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 45, No. 7, p.468.

Cantine, M.D.*, Sanchez, T.B.*, George, S.W.*, and Hawkins, D.P., 2013, Age Distribution Composition of Detrital Zircons in the Permian Brushy Canyon Formation, Delaware Basin, West Texas: Geological Society of America - Abstracts with Programs, v. 45, no. 5, p. 39.

Duncan, C.R.*, Hoisington, A.E.*, and Hawkins, D.P., 2013, Insights into the Late Paleozoic Geology of an Ancestral Rocky Mountain Range from Detrital Zircon in the Fountain Formation, Manitou Springs, Colorado: Geological Society of America - Abstracts with Programs, v. 45, no. 5, p. 38.

Fitzstevens M.G.*, Schmidt G. A., Koschinsky A., Brabander D. J. (2013) How do regulations affect municipal compost geochemical fingerprints and metal loading? A comparison study between Northern Germany and Boston, MA, USA. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 45, No. 1, p.68.

Goldfarb, L. *, Monecke, K., Ebel, J., Hubeny, B. (2013) Investigating the Earthquake History of New England in Lacustrine Environments. Geological Society of America (GSA) Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 45, No. 1, p.114.

Monecke, K.,  Finger, W., McAdoo, B., Meilianda, E., Amna, R., Hood, N., Houston, B., Karmanocky, F., Nurjanah, Rusydi, I., Sudrajat, U., Templeton, C. *: Beach Ridge Patterns in Aceh, Indonesia  - Response to Large Earthquakes along the Northern Sunda Trench. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting Abstracts 2013.

Templeton, C. *, Monecke, K., Finger, W., McAdoo, B., Meilianda, E., Storms, J.E.A., Walstra, D.-J. R.: Morphological changes to the Acehnese coastline in Sumatra, Indonesia, since the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting Abstracts 2013.

 

2012    

Di Cicco J. H. V. *, Brabander D. J. (2012) The colonial New England kitchen garden: Historical urban agriculture. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 44, No. 2, p. 94.

Fitzstevens M. G.*, Brabander D. J. (2012) Evaluating compost source and management practices in the context of reducing lead exposure to urban gardeners. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 44, No. 2, p. 110.

Fitzstevens M.G.*, Tabony J. A., Heiger-Bernays W., Brabander D. J. (2012) Urban carbon cycling: source stream attribution modeling and minimizing lead exposure pathways. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 44, No. 7, p. 609.

George Sarah W.*, Cantine, M. D.*, Brabander D. J (2012) Geochemical leaching of alkaline batteries: Implications for landfill disposal and remediation of lead contaminated compost. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 44, No. 7, p.608

Kamonji F. C. N. *, Brabander D. J (2012) Lead poisoning from used lead acid battery recycling: A case study of the Owino-Uhuru, Mombasa, Kenya. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 44, No. 2, p. 111.

2011

Brabander D. J., Estes E. R., Fitzstevens M. *, Chien J., Hieger-Bernays W. (2011) Geochemically fingerprinting sources in the urban compost stream:  Towards designing best practices for managing facilities and application. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 43, No. 5, p. 672.

Fitzstevens M. G.*, Estes E. , Brabander D. J. (2011) Lead in urban garden soil: soil characterization and bioavailability determination in Boston, Massachusetts. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 43, No. 1, p. 90.

Gambill, I.*, Sedlack C.*, Willis-Norton E.*, Hatem A.*, Brabander D. J. (2011) Inventory analysis and transport of legacy metals in river and mill pond sediments: An example from the Neponset River Watershed, Massachusetts. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 43, No. 1, p. 91.

Meghani N. A.*, Estes E., Brabander D. J. (2011) Heavy metal associations with mineralogy and grain size at the Tar Creek Superfund Site, Picher, OK. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 43, No. 1, p. 70.

2010    

Estes E. *, Carter-Thomas M. *, Brabander D. J. (2010) Deposition of particulate matter as a mechanism for trace metals contamination of urban gardens. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 42, No. 5, p. 354.

Estes E. R. *, Flynn N. T., Schaider L., Shine J. Brabander D. J. (2010) Role of naturally precipitated hydrous ferric oxides in heavy metal fate and transport, Tar Creek Superfund Site, Oklahoma. Abstracts of Papers, 239th ACS National Meeting; American Chemical Society: San Francisco, 2010, GEOC-164.

Estes E. R. *, Schaider L. A., Shine J. P., Brabander D. J. (2010) Effect of transport and aging processes on metal speciation in iron oxyhydroxide aggregates, Tar Creek Superfund Site, Oklahoma. B51D-0384 presented at 2010 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 13-17 Dec 2010.

Shafer T. D.*, Brabander D. J., Estes E.*, Griffith A. (2010) A geochemical, geospatial, and geostatistical framework for trace element fate and transport in urban watersheds. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 42, No. 5, p. 615.

Tang F. *, Brabander D. J. (2010) Traditional Indian eye cosmetics as a potential source of bioaccessible lead exposure. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 42, No. 5, p. 88.