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Research/Independent Study

Geology majors have the opportunity to engage in independent research work throughout their college careers; the department encourages all the majors to get involved in one or more research projects. Students may embark on projects that involve varying combinations of literature review and original work. Such projects introduce students to dynamic communities of Earth scientists who act as colleagues, collaborators, peer reviewers, and intellectual resources. Original research especially provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate their creativity and self-motivation, and thus generates an advantage when applying for jobs, internships, and graduate school.

The department provides significant support for geology majors interested in conducting geological research or interning with professional geology operations (including industry, government, museum, or university opportunities).

Talk with your advisor or the staff assistant about these resources and the deadlines for their respective applications (additionally covered during the Spring Majors Meeting):

Buster Funds Scholarships for Independent Research
Witter Funds Grants for Internships in Professional Geology Settings
McKenna Scholarships Support for Two Students with a Research Project in the Rocky Mountains
Hannigan and Creager Awards (Alumni Gifts) Funds for Field Work in Research Projects
Keck Geology Consortium Opportunities for Cross-Institutional Group Summer Research Projects


Colorado College Senior Research in Geology

Recent Student Research Projects

Peter Mow " Sedimentology, Depositional History and Chemostratigraphy of Mesoproterozoic Rocks, Ningxia, China"

Spencer Levy "Environmental change in the aftermath of the K-Pg extinction: a biomarker study of Coral Bluffs, CO"

Liza Bering "Launching 'CC Learn Geology': Sharing highlight of a new website for CC Cabin visitors"

Jess Hebert "Tracing fluid transfer to the mantle in modern arc systems"

Robin Hilderman "Evolution of the magmatic system beneath the San Juan Mountains; comparing the lava flows of the Conejos and Hinsdale formation"

Fai Chanchai "Magnetic Susceptibility and Mercury Analysis of Ordovician-Silurian Boundary Strata"

Laura Davidson "Paleo-climate Reconstruction of the Younger Dryas and Little Ice Age via Numerical Modeling of Engabreen and Fonndalen, Northern Norway"

Helen Carter "A study of tourmaline thermometry on a suit of metamorphic rocks from the Picuris Range, New Mexico"

Hannah Runyon "Depositional System of Miocene Carbonate Strata, The Majella Platform, Central Apennies, Italy"

Annabelle O'Neill "Relating fen hydrology and chemistry to source waters within a rock glacier and talus slope at Ophir Pass in the San Juan Mountains, CO"

Ben Lloyd "Paleoclimate in the Wake of the K-Pg Extinction: Changes in Leaf Morphology and Carbon Cycling in the Early Paleocene at Corral Bluffs, Colorado"

Michael Hasson "Physical Stratigraphy, Chemostratigraphy, Paleontology, and Detrital Zircon Geochronology of Lower Paleozoic Strata, Dinosaur National Monument"

Kevin Patterson "Quantifying strain across the Five Points Shear Zone"

Zoe Krauss "Modeling of the Crustal Geology beneath the Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica using Rosetta Magnetics and Gravity Data"

Ellie Meyer "Strike Three Geologists! - Faults That Slipped Past"

Drew Ceglinski: Virtual Field Trips: The Potential of VR Software in Making Geology Accessible"

David Sachs "Geodesign applied to an urban campus and its river reach: Colorado College and Monument Creek"

Will Rundquist: '19: Monument Creek Project Phase III: Enhancement of the Natural-Urban Interface Through Geodesign"

Rowan Kawalsky "Mapping Geothermal Production Potential"

George Fowlkes "New Bugs Found in the Lordore Formation, Jones Hole, DNM, Utah, USA"

Turner Brett "Numerical Modeling of LGM Glaciers & Implications for Late Pleistocene Climate San Juan Mountains, CO"

Sierra Melton "Response of Carbon Fluxes to Soil Moisture Variability across an Alaskan Tundra Landscape"

Matt Tankersley "Crustal Structure of the Ross Ice Shelf Region from Aeromagnetic Data"

Mason Culver "Multi-scaled Geometeric and Textural Analysis to Determine the Transport and Emplacement Mechanisms of the Tava Sandstone"

Ian Culver "Oxygen Isotope Analysis of Hematite and Quartz in the Neoproterozoic Tava Sandstone as a Proxy for Paleoenvironment"

Kuba Chandler "Soil conditions in the Piceance Basin, Colorado, during the early Paleogene period"

Bella Bussian "Looking for post-PETM hyperthermals in the Piceance Basin, CO"

Kayla Bronzo "Using oxygen and strontium isotope ratios of tooth enamel from dinosaurs to infer patterns of movement over the late Jurassic landscape of OC to UT"

Aaron Farquhar "Ballistic Analysis Inferring Subsurface Hydrothermal Alteration and Mineralogical Seal Control on Eruptions at Whakaari Volcano, New Zealand"

Skye Keeshin "Shallow Ice Radar Analysis of the North-Western Ross Ice Shelf: Quantifying Ocean-Cryosphere Interaction"

Charles Russell "CRN Dating and Numerical Modeling to Investigate Climate During the Last Glacial Maximum, and the Subsequent Deglaciation, Sawatch Range, Colorado"

Everett Smith "Experimental Investigations of Surface-Wave-Modified Turbidity Current Dynamics"

Cole Thompson "Mode of Emplacement of Tava Quartzite Injectites: Using Dike Geometries and Detrital Zircon Provenance Analysis"

Tristan White "Geochronology of Cambrian rocks of Thailand and Myanmar"

Matt Hess "Applied Seismology: An Investigation of the Water Table Beneath Jacks Valley, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado"

Tianran Zhang "Sedimentology, Stratigraphy and Geochronology of Mesoproterozoic Strata, Ningxia, China"

Grace Guryan "Ground Penetrating Radar Analysis of the East River Floodplain Near Crested Butte, Colorado"

Alec Lockett "Interpreting the Subsurface Geology beneath the Ross Ice Shelf, West Antarctica, using Airborne Gravity and Magnetic data"

Erica Evans "Last Glacial Maximum in the Culebra Peak Area of the Colorado Sangre De Cristo - Results of Paleoglacial Numerical Modeling"

Sam Elkind "Creation of a geological map dataset of Marie Byrd Land, Antarctica "

Erin Hightower "Clastogenesis as a Result of Reactivation of Agglutinated Spatter"

Alex Hager "Geochronology and stratigraphy of Comanche National Grasslands, CO"

Anne Hakim "Sedimentology, Chemostratigraphy, Biostratigraphy, and Sequence Stratigraphy of Middle Ordovician Strata, Inner Mongolia, China"

Lauren Williamson "Latitude and Growth Rate in Pliocene Glycimeris americana"

Colin Chupik "Paleoseismology Analysis of the Hope and Wairau Faults Using LIDAR, South Island of New Zealand"

Madison Andres "Fire Frequency in the Last Millennium in the Grinnell Glacier and Swiftcurrent Lake Drainage Basins, Glacier National Park, Montana"

Sally Shatford "Along-strike variations in detrital zircon provenance of Tava sandstone injectites, Colorado Front Range: insights into terrestrial paleoenvironments of Rodinia"

Jessica Badgeley "Geophysical evidence for englacial brine associated with Blood Falls, McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica"

Betsie Hopper "Climate Change during ETM2 and H2: exploring terrestrial carbonate nodules as a proxy"

Zach Keskinen "An Examination of Controls on Moulin Microclimatology, Kennicott and Root Glaciers, Alaska "

Last updated: 12/17/2020