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Geology Department’s Presence at National Exposition is Rock Solid

Presentations given by students and faculty members touch on climate change, echinoderms, ice sheets and more at the Geological Society of America’s Annual Meeting & Exposition.

Date: 11/20/2012 12:00:00 AM
By: Tom Robinette
Phone: (513) 556-8577

UC ingot   Several students and faculty members from the University of Cincinnati’s Department of Geology recently gave presentations at the Geological Society of America’s Annual Meeting & Exposition.

The society encourages the professional growth of earth scientists in the academic, governmental and commercial sectors; and promotes the geosciences in the service to humankind and stewardship of Earth. The annual meeting, which typically attracts around 6,000 attendees, was held Nov. 4-7 in Charlotte, N.C.

The presentations given, with names of McMicken College of Arts & Sciences students and faculty members in bold, were:

- “Optically Stimulated Luminescence Chronology of Terraces of the Lower Ohio River valley: Implications for Quaternary Climate Change and Neotectonic Deformation,” Ron Counts, Madhav Murari and Lewis Owen

- “Quantifying Decadal-scale Compositional Changes in Seagrass-associated Molluscan Assemblages Using Multi-year Census Data from Two Sites around St. Croix, USVI,” Kelsey Feser and Arnold Miller

- “Geomorphic Response to Tectonic Activity within the Mecca Hills, California,” Harrison Gray, Lewis Owen, Craig Dietsch, Richard Beck and S. Mahan

- “Origins, Fransport, and Fate of Plant-derived Biomarkers in a Small River Catchment in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan,” Sharmila Giri, Aaron Diefendorf and Thomas Lowell

- “Temporal Megabias: Latitudinal Controls on Time-averaging of Terrestrial Large Mammal Death Assemblages,” Joshua Miller

- “Morphologic Variation as a Driver of Taxonomic Richness: Venerid Bivalves of the Indo-Pacific,” Gary Motz

- “Development of a Silurian (Wenlock) Blastozoan-dominated Echinoderm Fauna in the Cincinnati Arch Region: Paleoenvironmental Control Over Faunal Anachronisms,” James Thomka, Carlton Brett, W.I. Ausich, C.D. Sumrall and David Meyer

- “A New Eurypterid Lagerstätte from the Upper Silurian of Pennsylvania,” Matthew Vrazo, Carlton Brett and J.M. Trop

- “Laurentide Ice Sheet Behavior During the Younger Dryas: A Working Hypothesis and Implications,” Kent Walters, Thomas Lowell and A.E. Putnam

Doctoral student Julia Wise also organized Session 188, “Recent Advances in Geology & Health,” with Motomu Ibaraki.

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