Student Theses

Student Research Advised, 1998 to Present

Senior research:

  • Perez, Sergio, 2016, Using detrital zircons to determine the aerial extent of Neoproterozoic Tava Sandstone in Colorado
  • Elkind, Sam, 2016, Digital cartography and GIS of Marie Byrd Land, Antarctica, via international collaboration with GNS Science
  • Duckworth, W. Cody, 2016, Consequences of fault initiation on sandstone injection mechanisms: A comparison of faults and injectites of Cheyenne Mountain (CO) with well characterized injectite systems elsewhere
  • Chupik, Colin, 2016, Paleoseismology for recurrence interval and slip rate, Wairau Fault, Marlborough, New Zealand; co advised with Rob Langridge, GNS Science, New Zealand.
  • Shatford, Sally, 2015, Along-strike variations in detrital zircon provenance of Tava sandstone injectites, Colorado Front Range: insights into terrestrial paleoenvironments of Rodinia
  • Lee, Alec, 2015, Evidence for migration of reducing fluids through basement-hosted Tava sandstone, Front Range, Colorado
  • Cole, Anderson, 2014, Kinematic analysis of brittle faults and detrital zircon geochronology of Tava Sandstone, Manitou Springs, CO [ Carleton College student, co-advised]
  • Karlsson, Hannah M., 2013, Illite Ar-Ar Geochronology for determining time of formation of the Front Range monocline, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Freedman, David J., 2013, Geomagnetic Investigation of sandstone dikes of the Colorado Front Range, for determination of age and mode of emplacement
  • Collis, John, 2012, GIS and remote sensing for mapping of Archean crystalline rocks in the core of the Bighorn arch, Cloud Peak Wilderness Area, Wyoming. Supported by NSF-EAR- 0843889.
  • Robertson, Alex, 2012, Computation of high resolution DEMs from stereo satellite imagery for West Antarctica, and applications to mapping of bedrock structures. Supported by NSF-OPP-0944777.
  • Seymour, Abigail, 2012, Mineral equilibria modeling of amphibole assemblages from the Franciscan mélange, Catalina Island, California. Keck Geology Consortium project.
  • Emery, Eleanor, 2012, Use of stereoscopic satellite imagery for 3D mapping of subglacial extent of Neogene volcanoes of Marie Byrd Land. Supported by NSF-OPP-0944777.
  • Contreras, Ashley, 2012, U-Pb and (U-Th)/He zircon analysis  to determine the timing and extent of Cretaceous exhumation in the West Antarctic rift system, within context of GIS.
  • Cowling, Maggie, 2011, Geospatial analysis and database development of the Ford Ranges, West Antarctica, senior project in collaboration with Paul Morin, U. Minnesota.
  • Thayer, Drew, 2011, Structural and seismological investigation of the Bighorns Arch, Wyoming, distinctions thesis, co-advised with M. Anderson.
  • Gould, Alex, 2011, Landforms analysis for assessment of paleoseismology of southwest Wairarapa region, New Zealand, senior project coadvised with R. Langridge and N. Litchfield.
  • Brummit, Martha, 2011, Compilation of bedrock displacement along the Hope Fault, Marlborough fault system, New Zealand, senior project coadvised with R. Langridge.
  • Doane, T., 2010, Integrated Structural and Gravity Modeling Study: Lineaments and their role in Laramide basement deformation and implications for a crustal-scale response, distinctions thesis, co-advised with M. Anderson.
  • Ryan, Amy, 2010, Lava Flow Morphology and Rheology at Volcán de Colima, México, distinctions thesis, co-advised with S. Quane.
  • Goverman, D., 2010, Investigating the Role of Melt in Deformation, distinctions thesis.
  • Thomas Neilson, 2010, Study of focal mechanisms and high resolution bathymetry of the Lau Basin, west Pacific Ocean, senior project co-advised with Doug Weins, Washington University.
  • Smith, Fiona, 2010, Structure and Detrital Zircon Analysis of the Obstruction Formation of the San Juan Islands, Washington, distinctions thesis, in collaboration with E. Schermer, WWU.
  • P. Zion Klos, 2009, Paleoseismology of active faults in New Zealand: The Ruataniwha Fault and Tuki Tuki thrust structures
  • Merril Stypula, 2009, An integrated geospatial database for West Antarctica (jointly advised with Paul Morin, Antarctic Geospatial Information Center).
  • Eric Daniels, 2009, Tectonic correlations between West Antarctica and New Zealand, and study of structures recording Cretaceous breakup between the two landmasses.
  • Rose Vail, 2008, Quest for Anatexis: A petrographic study of melt microstructures and the role of melt in deformation at the grain scale.
  • Matthew Rosales, 2008, Enigmatic and intriguing sandstone dikes of the Colorado Front Range – development and testing of hypotheses for their origins
  • Helen Lynn, 2007, Analog experiments of rhyolitic tuff from the northern Cascade chain: investigation of rheological changes during welding [co-advised with visitor Steve Quane]
  • David Mendel, 2006, Gravity survey of Garden of the Gods, Colorado, as a test of hypotheses for Rampart Range fault geometry
  • Thomas Collins III, 2005, Mapping and metamorphic petrology along the eastern boundary of the Five Points Gulch shear zone, Arkansas River Canyon, CO
  • Elizabeth Fay, 2005, Brittle kinematic analysis of structures within the Ute Pass fault zone, Colorado Springs
  • Peter G. Anderson, 2004, Impact breccias from Tavan Khar Ovoo crater, Mongolia [Keck Geology Consortium project]
  • Betsy Friedlander, 2007, Microscopic and atomic scale investigation of deformation mechanisms responsible for welding in silicic pyroclastic materials deformed in the lab [co-advised with visitor Steve Quane]
  • Sylvia Fadrhonc, 2007, Study of zircon growth during migmatitization using the Super High Resolution Ion Microprobe (SHRIMP)
  • Jennifer Haywood, 2006, Assessment of gneiss dome emplacement mechanisms: structural and metamorphic evidence from the Fosdick Mountains, Antarctica
  • Julia LaBadie, 2006, Metamorphic facies and dynamic fabrics in shear zones of the Highland Mountains, Montana: Evidence for the 1.75 Ga “Big Sky Orogeny?
  • Rebecca Henderson, 2005, Brittle kinematic analysis of Neogene mesoscopic faults, Howard, CO
  • Emily Baldwin, 2004, Metamorphic history of the Red Wine Complex, Labrador (junior project).
  • Sonya Hernandez, 2001, Petrology of ultra-blueschist gneisses, Syros, Greece.  Deborah Roth, 2001, Fabric shape analysis of tonalitic gneisses of the Quottoon pluton, British Columbia.
  • Joseph Gartner, 2001, Geological field mapping of the Precambrian gneiss terrane, Arkansas River Canyon, Colorado.
  • Seth Cowdery, 2001, Holocene deglaciation of the Ford Ranges, eastern Ross Sea region, Antarctica
  • Valerie Esser, 2000, Oxygen isotope analysis of mineralized fault planes, Five Springs region, Bighorn Mountains, Wyoming.
  • Clifton Koontz, 2000, Structural and petrologic analysis of the Vari Gneiss, a fault-bounded panel of quartzofeldspathic rock, Syros, Greece
  • Katie Vaughn, 2000, Analysis of small scale faults in Glen Eyrie, Colorado
  • Louis C. Sass III, 2000, Brittle kinematic analysis of minor faults in the Sarnoff and Denfield Mountains, West Antarctica: implications for late Cretaceous and Cenozoic structural evolution of the Ford Ranges
  • Grant D. Kaye, 2000, Using apatite (U-Th)/He Thermochronometry to study the low-temperature thermal history of the Bighorn Mountains, Wyoming, with implications for Laramide uplift and exhumation
  • Meadow Koslen, 2000, Quaternary Deformation of miocene and pleistocene strata near Point Arena, the Gualala Block, Northern California
  • Anne Whitehead, 1999, Kinematic analysis of small-scale brittle structures in the Ford Ranges, Marie Byrd Land, Antarctica
  • Reyna Abeyta, 1998, A Geochemical and Petrographic Analysis of Archean quartzofeldspathic gneisses in the Indian Creek Metamorphic Suite and Pony Middle Mountain Metamorphic Suite, Tobacco Root Mountains, Southwestern Montana
  • Christian Baxter, 1998, Fluid Inclusion Analysis and P-T Determinations for High Grade Gneisses from Antarctica
  • Rima Givot, 1998, Proterozoic Deformation and Metamorphism of Five Points Gulch, Colorado
  • Lindsey Quackenbush, 1998, Petrology, geochemistry and structure of mid-Proterozoic gneisses and granitoids in the Wet Mountains, Colorado (advised jointly with Jeff Noblett)

Junior research:

  • David Freedman, 2012, Geomagnetic investigation of sandstone dikes of the Colorado Front Range, for determination of age and mode of emplacement
  • Alexandra Freeman, 2012, Bedrock mapping of southern Ford Ranges, West Antarctica, using geospatial analysis and remote sensing. Supported by NSF-OPP-0944777.
  • Nicholas Pinto  (sophomore), 2012, Development of an IMS (internet map service) resource for web access to archival geological data from 1989 to 2012 field expeditions in the Fosdick Mountains and Ford Ranges, Antarctica. Supported by NSF-OPP-0944777.
  • Brennan O’Connell, 2011, Field investigation of gold prospects of the Little Drum Mts., Utah
  • Ashley Contreras, 2010, Detrital zircon geochronology of enigmatic sandstone dikes of the Colorado Front Range.
  • P. Zion Klos, 2007, Quantifying Radiative Inputs to Headwater Streams in Recently Harvested Forests
  • Rose Vail, 2007, Marine survey and seafloor mapping of Amundsen Sea, Antarctica, with assessment of glacier scour conduits for warm ocean water to base of Ice Shelf: an independent study arising from Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory cruise starting/ending in McMurdo Station
  • Jon Rotzien and Meredith Bush, 2006, Marine Geophysics at Sea: an independent study arising from a Caltech research cruise of Pacific Plate fracture zones starting/ending in New Zealand
  • P. Zion Klos, 2005, GIS database development and satellite image processing for West Antarctica