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Emeritus Research

Professor Emeritus of Geology Dr. Clarence Menninga has completed research on the Allende meteorite that fell in Mexico during the winter of 1969. He has prepared and submitted a paper on the concentration of 17 elements within 36 chondrules (meteorite fragments) from Allende. Check out his work here.


Conference Success

At the East Lakes Division of the Association of American Geographers conference in Kalamazoo, Senior Ian Noyes won a cash prize for his summer research poster, "Geographies of Deindustrialization and Environmental Contamination in Michigan." Ian's research was supervised by Professor Mark Bjelland.

At the Michigan Space Grant Consortium, Senior Audrey Hughey and Junior Natasha Strydhorst gave an oral presentation detailing the successes of the GEO Department's FYRES project.


Graduate News

2012 Geology alum Vashan Wright (above), currently working towards an M.S. in Geophysics at Southern Methodist University, was one of 4 graduate students nationally to be awarded a presigious COCONet fellowship this year. Of the 4 recipients, Wright was the only student at the M.S. level. The COCONet fellowships are directed towards graduate students who are examining Caribbean regional tectonics, volcanism, and geomorphology.

Read the announcement here.


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Lighting the FYRES of Research

Professor van Dijk and her students from the new geography FYRES class describe their work surrounding dune research.

(Prospective students: Interested in physical geography research? Apply before May 9 for the FYRES 2014-2015 program!)

Other featured articles

Bascom GIS: A New Kind of Mapping

Emma DeVries (2012 alumnus) and Professor Jason VanHorn discuss the importance of GIS and their own work within the field of GIS.

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