Student Research

Recent Geoscience Honors Theses

Alejandra C. Ortiz ’10:  Investigating the effect of wave energy on coastal morphology and beach sedimentology using real and modeled wave data  (supervisor Britt Argow)

Emily R. Estes ’10:  Chemical and physical characterization of naturally precipitated hydrous ferric oxides, Tar Creek Superfund Site, Oklahoma (supervisor Dan Brabander)

Sarah J. Hurley ’10: Long-term paleoclimate reconstruction of the Indian Monsoon using molecular proxies (supervisor Dan Brabander)

Student Authors and Coauthors of Recent GSA Presentations

Links are to full abstracts; only student coauthors are listed here

Maia Fitzstevens '13, Emily Estes '10
LEAD IN URBAN GARDEN SOIL: SOIL CHARACTERIZATION AND BIOAVAILABILITY DETERMINATION IN BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS

Isabella Gambill '12, Casey Sedlack'11, Ellen Willis-Norton '12, Alexandra Hatem '12   
INVENTORY ANALYSIS AND TRANSPORT OF LEGACY METALS IN RIVER AND MILLPOND SEDIMENTS: AN EXAMPLE FROM THE NEPONSET RIVER WATERSHED, MASSACHUSETTS

Nooreen Meghani'11, Emily Estes '10 
HEAVY METAL ASSOCIATIONS WITH MINERALOGY AND GRAIN SIZE AT THE TAR CREEK SUPERFUND SITE, PICHER, OK

Cyndhia Ramatchandirane '11 
FLUVIAL AND METEOROLOGICAL CONTROLS on WETLAND DEVELOPMENT IN THE CHENIER PLAIN

Laura Ann Stevens '11, Alejandra Ortiz '10 , Cyndhia Ramatchandirane '11, Asha Stenquist '10 
TRANSPORT VS. SOURCE: QUANTIFYING SEASONAL CONTROLS on BEACH SEDIMENT CHARACTERISTICS IN VIEQUES, P.R., USA

Mary Kate Schneeweis '12 
ANALYSIS OF SPATIAL AND TEMPORAL TRENDS IN INORGANIC SEDIMENT CHARACTERISTICS AND DISTRIBUTION ACROSS A NEW ENGLAND SALT MARSH

Kathleen McCarthy '09 
METAL FATE AND TRANSPORT STUDIES AT THE TAR CREEK SUPERFUND SITE

Devaja Shafer '10, Emily Estes '10 
A GEOCHEMICAL, GEOSPATIAL, AND GEOSTATISTICAL FRAMEWORK FOR TRACE ELEMENT FATE AND TRANSPORT IN URBAN WATERSHEDS

Emily Estes '10, Megan Carter-Thomas '10 
DEPOSITION OF PARTICULATE MATTER AS A MECHANISM FOR TRACE METAL CONTAMINATION OF URBAN GARDENS

Fanny Tang '11 
TRADITIONAL INDIAN EYE COSMETICS AS A POTENTIAL SOURCE OF BIOACCESSIBLE LEAD EXPOSURE

Noranda Brown '12 
DOCUMENTING THE TIMESCALE OF PLUTON CONSTRUCTION: U-PB GEOCHRONOLOGY OF THE SUBVOLCANIC VINALHAVEN INTRUSION AND ASSOCIATED VOLCANIC ROCKS

Recent Summer Research Projects

2010

Isabella Gambill ’12, Alexandra Hatem ’12:   An Interdisciplinary Approach to Watershed Analysis, Risk Assessment, and Management 

(Supervisors Dan Brabander And James Turner, Environmental Studies)

Fanny Tang ’11: Traditional Indian Eye Cosmetics as a Potential Source of Lead Exposure

(supervisor Dan Brabander)

Laura Ann Stevens ’11: Quantifying The Relationship Between Sand Mineralogy, Grain Size, Transport, and Provenance in the Pocket Beach System of Vieques, Puerto Rico, USA

(supervisor Britt Argow)

2009

Noranda E. Brown, Davis Scholar ’12:   Extending The Magmatic History of a Subvolcanic Igneous Intrusion

(supervisor Dave Hawkins)

Megan Carter-Thomas '10: Trace Metal Concentrations in Urban Parks of New England: Land Uses, Geochemical Fingerprints, and Regulatory Limits

(supervisor Dan Brabander)

Kimberley Corwin, '11:   Quantifying Sediment Erosion, Transport, and Deposition in a Cape Cod Salt Marsh Exhibiting Vegetation Dieback

(supervisor Britt Argow)

Emily Estes '10:   Chemical and Physical Characterization of Naturally Precipitated Hydrous Ferric Oxides at the Tar Creek Superfund Site, Oklahoma

(supervisor Dan Brabander)

Taylor Y. Harvey, '10:   A Baseline Study of Sedimentological Parameters in the Herring River Estuary, Cape Cod National Seashore, Wellfleet, Massachusetts

(Supervisor Britt Argow)

Melanie Kazenel '10:   Characterizing a Meadow Ecosystem: Soil Composition and Plant Communities

(supervisors Daniel Brabander and Kristina Jones and Alden Griffith, Biological Sciences)

Alejandra Ortiz, '10:   Computer Generated Wave Model of Vieques, Puerto Rico

(supervisor Britt Argow)

 

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dhawkins@wellesley.edu
Rita Purcell
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rpurcell@wellesley.edu

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