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VIDEO: Geology Students Win Top Awards at Annual Conference

Students come from around the world to travel the globe and study the earth at the University of Cincinnati Department of Geology.

Date: 12/16/2009 12:00:00 AM
By: Wendy Beckman
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UC ingot   Every fall the University of Cincinnati's Department of Geology empties out its labs and classrooms and sets off for the Geological Society of America (GSA) annual meeting. The 2009 meeting was no different.
Geologists in the field.
Esteban Sagredo and Scott Reynhout check out a possible lahar.

And as in many other years, UC geologists returned with a little more baggage — some rock samples, but more important, some awards. This year, the University of Cincinnati was well represented. Scott Reynhout received the Arthur D. Howard Award for graduate research from GSA's Quaternary Geology & Geomorphology Division. Esteban Sagredo received honorable mention recognition for the J. Hoover Mackin Student Research Award.

The Quaternary is the most recent geological period, which spans roughly the last two million years. Quaternary geology therefore focuses on the forces that caused the current landscape, including glaciation and other effects of the ice age.

Scott Reynhout is pursuing a master's of science in geology with an emphasis on examining how landscapes change over time. He works with Geology Department Head Lewis Owen and Associate Professor Craig Dietsch. Reynhout's research has taken him to Death Valley National Park and the Indian Himalaya.

"The tectonic forces that shape southern California — the same forces that created the San Andreas Fault — leave their mark in Death Valley, where I intend to better understand motion on the Northern Death Valley Fault," says Reynhout. He spent the summers of 2008 and 2009 in Jammu and Kashmir, India, using radiometric measurements to quantify climatic effects on the shape of high mountain ranges.

In Portland, Ore., for GSA 2009, Reynhout delivered an oral presentation covering his work in Death Valley, called "New Rates of Pleistocene Slip on the Death Valley Fault."

Esteban Sagredo is a second-year PhD student in the McMicken College of Arts & Sciences studying glacial geology under Professor Tom Lowell. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in Chile. At GSA he presented a poster entitled "Glacial Fluctuations During the Last Glacial Maximum and Termination in Southwestern Patagonia, Chile."

After the GSA annual meeting, most of the group continued on for a field trip to the Cascades area of Oregon and Washington, including views of Mount St. Helens, Mount Hood and Mount Rainier.

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