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Geosciences

Research Opportunities

Field work is a vital part of study in the geosciences. At Hamilton it has been integrated into nearly all courses at every level. In recent years, students and professors have conducted expeditions not only to Antarctica but to Hawaii, Iceland, the Florida Keys, Colorado, the Pacific Northwest and the European Alps. They also regularly do field work in the Central New York region surrounding the College.

The department encourages student-faculty collaboration on a range of projects, and it provides substantial financial support for students who are interested in pursuing summer research. Many students present the results of their work at regional, national and international conferences; some co-author scholarly papers and journal articles in collaboration with faculty partners and mentors.

Claire Sayler '12 and Professor Barbara Tewksbury are shown conducting fieldwork in Egypt on the NSF OISE Web banner.
Desert Eyes Project Featured on NSF Website

A photo from the Desert Eyes Project appears on the National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of International Science and Engineering Website banner. The photo, part of a rotating series, shows Barbara Tewksbury, the Upson Chair for Public Discourse and professor of geosciences, and Claire Sayler ’12 doing fieldwork in Egypt.  More ...

Mary Langworthy '17
Mary Langworthy ’17 Examines "Where Geology Meets Literature"

While thousands of scientific articles are published annually, relatively few attract the attention of the general public. The gap between what is understood by scientists and what is common knowledge to the public is the focus of a research project being undertaken by Mary Langworthy ’17 in a project titled “Where Geology Meets Literature: A Spatiotemporal Analysis of Science Writing,” funded through the Emerson Foundation.  More ...

Hannah Wagner '15
Hannah Wagner ’15 Presents at GSA - Northeastern Section Annual Meeting

Hannah Wagner ’15 presented a poster titled “Rusophycus in the Herkimer Formation Building Materials on the Hamilton College Campus” at the 50th Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America - Northeastern Section. The conference was held in Bretton Woods, N.H., on March 23-25 and the technical program consisted of symposia, theme and general sessions, arranged in oral and poster format.  More ...

Hannah Haskell '15
Haskell ’15 Presents at GSA Meeting

Hannah G. Haskell ’15 presented a poster titled “Beach Erosion and Restoration at Cape May Point, New Jersey” at the 50th Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America - Northeastern Section.  More ...

Eugene Domack, Tim Elgren. Ernest Williams
Three Longtime Science Faculty Members Retire

Three longtime members of Hamilton’s science faculty retired during the last academic year. Eugene Domack, Timothy Elgren and Ernest Williams had a combined 79 years of service at Hamilton.  More ...

Unearthing the Secret of the Desert Eyes

The untrod sands of the Egyptian Deserts hold a mystery much older than the construction of the pyramids: hundreds of naturally formed “desert eyes” unblinkingly turned toward the sky for tens of millions of years. Yet, despite their age, these structures have almost no topography; in fact, until the advent of Google Earth, these formations, which lie in the desert west of the Nile, were never studied. Josh Wolpert ’16, is working with Professor of Geosciences Barbara Tewksbury on the Desert Eyes Project, funded through the National Science Foundation (NSF).  More ...

 Michael Weinzierl ’15
A School of Fish

Although he’s studying barracuda and schoolmaster snappers with the Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) in the Bahamas, Michael Weinzierl’s ’15 summer research often feels more like a vacation. Weinzierl is a geoscience major who has “always been interested in marine biology and conservation.” After learning about earth processes from a geological perspective through courses at Hamilton, he decided to apply for hands-on research over the summer. Weinzierl’s internship is supported through the generosity of the Joseph F. Anderson Fund, managed by the Career Center.  More ...

Nicole LaBarge '15
From Farm to Fork: Food Sustainability at Hamilton College

The corn from Ohio, the blueberries from Maine, and the strawberries from California that all ended up at your summer barbeque traveled quite a distance before arriving on your plate. “Farm to Fork,” a term used by the college’s food service provider, Bon Appétit, entails buying locally grown products when possible in order to reduce carbon emissions caused by transporting food long distances, as well as to stimulate the local economy. Nicole LaBarge ’15 is working on a Levitt Project, “Analyzing the Sustainability of Bon Appétit at Hamilton College Using Life Cycle Assessment.”  More ...

Jorge Mendieta '14
Mendieta ’14 Presents Research at GSA Meeting

Jorge L. Mendieta, a senior geosciences major, presented a poster titled “Plymouth Long Beach, MA and Winthrop Beach, MA: An Analysis of Coastal Protection Projects” at the 49th Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America (GSA) - Northeastern Section. The conference was held March 23-25 in Lancaster, Pa.  More ...

Emma Hedley '14
Emma Hedley ’14 Presents at Geological Society Meeting

Emma L. Hedley, a senior in the Geosciences Department, presented a poster titled “Beach Nourishment at Virginia Beach, Virginia” at the 49th Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America - Northeastern Section.  Hedley’s work in coastal geology was presented as a poster in the Coastal/Marine Science session and her abstract was published in GSA Abstracts with Programs Vol. 46, No. 2.  More ...

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