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The Students

ANTARCTICA 2005

Ashley Hatfield '05

DEPARTMENT OF GEOLOGY, HAMILTON COLLEGE

Ashley Hatfield '05

Ashley Hatfield

Ashley is currently a senior majoring in geology and minoring in English. She is particularly interested in petrology and has been working on two research projects at Hamilton with her advisor Dave Bailey. Her senior thesis concentrates on the eruptive history of a region just west of Bend, Oregon. She is also researching Jun Jaegyu Volcano, a volcanic construct discovered in Antarctic Sound on the Antarctic Peninsula during the 2004 Antarctic Expedition. She presented the volcano's discovery, as well as the preliminary geochemical research, at the 2004 Fall AGU conference in San Francisco. Ashley is extremely excited to travel to Antarctica and see such a beautiful and breathtaking place.

At Hamilton, Ashley holds several jobs. She is the student driving service's co-coordinator, a student driver, a resident advisor and a TA for geology. Next year, Ashley hopes to attend graduate school for petrology in Colorado. Contact Ashley at ahatfiel@hamilton.edu.

Gemma Kirkwood

Gemma Kirkwood '05

DEPARTMENT OF GEOLOGY & DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS, HAMILTON COLLEGE

Gemma is a senior majoring in geology and mathematics. Her interests include mathematical modeling and paleoclimatology. She is particularly interested in applied mathematics in geology and plans to attend graduate school in this area.

During the summer of 2003, Gemma remained on campus working on geomicrobiology research under the direction of Dr. Mike McCormick. This research focused on the role of an outer membrane protein on the adsorption of Geobacter Sulfurreducens to Goethite. Last summer, Gemma worked with Dr. Eugene Domack to complete background work for her senior project. This project, entitled "Solar vs. Tidal Forcing of Centennial to Decadal Scale Variability in Marine Sedimentary Records from the Western Antarctic Peninsula", examines the natural variability recorded in the sediment of the Schollaert Drift. Regional variability in forcing factors on the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula is also explored. An interesting result of this research is a clear deviation in magnetic susceptibility data from the natural variability of this profile during the last 25 years. In addition to natural forces, other factors such as global warming may be acting on the Schollaert Drift record. Gemma presented this research at the American Geophysical Meeting in San Francisco in December 2004. She has also worked in Hamilton as a math grader and geology tutor.

This is Gemma's second trip to Antarctica and she is eager to revisit the Peninsula. She looks forward to the exciting challenges of the upcoming cruise such as the infamous Drake Passage, which lived up to its reputation on the 2004 Antarctic cruise. Gemma graduated high school from Cairo American College, Egypt. She currently lives in Skene, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Contact Gemma at gkirkwoo@hamilton.edu.

Heather Schrum

Heather Schrum '05

DEPARTMENT OF GEOLOGY, HAMILTON COLLEGE

Heather Schrum, a geology major and mathematics minor, is presently in her senior year. Last summer, Heather did research on campus under the guidance of Professor Eugene Domack. She currently works two jobs on campus: one at the Writing Center and the other as a teacher's assistant for Paleontology. Heather's senior thesis project focuses on carbon to nitrogen ratios in Antarctic marine sediments. This upcoming expedition will be Heather's second time participating in Antarctic research. Heather would like to thank Professor Eugene Domack along with all of Hamilton College's faculty members who have supported her throughout these two extraordinary opportunities. She also appreciates all of the encouragement that she has received from her family. After Hamilton, Heather plans to obtain a Ph.D. in marine geology. Contact Heather at hschrum@hamilton.edu.

Aron Buffen

Aron Buffen

DEPARTMENT OF GEOLOGY, COLGATE UNIVERSITY

Aron is a senior geology major from Chicago, Illinois. He is presently studying diatom assemblages in surface sediments from the northwestern Weddell Sea and downcore assemblages from the Vega Drift. This will be his first trip to Antarctica. Aron plans on continuing his education in paleoclimatology in graduate school but presently is undecided as to where he will attend. Contact Aron at abuffen@mail.colgate.edu.

Michael Cacciapuoti

Michael Cacciapuoti

Department of Earth and Environmental Studies, Montclair State University

Michael is a senior at Montclair State University in New Jersey.  He is majoring in Geoscience with an Environmental Science concentration and minoring in Chemistry. He has a particular interest in Geology as it relates to volcanology, and is also an avid bird watcher. Michael hopes to graduate and obtain his B.S. in December 2005. He will also be pursuing graduate school soon afterwards but it is still uncertain as to where he will attend. This will be Michael?s first trip to Antarctica, and he is extremely excited and thankful for having the opportunity to work in such a pristine and remote region of our Earth.

Paul Dixon

Paul Dixon

DEPARTMENT OF GEOLOGY, SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY

Paul Dixon is a junior majoring in geology at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. This is his first trip to Antarctica working under the direction of Dr. Scott Ishman. Last year, he worked in the paleontology lab with Dr. Ishman, studying the paleobiology of gastropods and bivalves of Chile. He would like to thank Dr. Ishman for giving his this great opportunity. Contact Paul at champ103@siu.edu.

 

 

Stephanie Dulgar

Stephanie Dulgar

DEPARTMENT OF GEOLOGY, SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY

Stephanie Dulgar is majoring in geology at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. This is her first trip to Antarctica. She is working under the direction of Dr. Scott Ishman. Stephanie has a strong interest in mineralogy and will be focused on the mineralogy of the sediments collected on the cruise. She would like to thank Dr. Ishman for giving her this great opportunity.

 

Rachel Perez '05, Montclair State University

Rachel Perez

Rachel Perez '05

EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES DEPARTMENT, MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY

Rachel is a senior majoring in Geoscience with a concentration in Environmental Science. Her interests include geochemistry and geochronology. She has worked in the Earth and Environmental Department at MSU for the past two-and-a-half years doing odd jobs, such as working on a flow tank with Dr. Lincoln. She is working with Dr. Stefanie Brachfeld in the very early stages of analyzing one of the cores recovered from a previous expedition from Antarctica. Rachel plans on attending graduate school, although she is still undecided as to where. This is her first time going to Antarctica and she is thankful to Dr. Brachfeld for giving her the opportunity to go and for the support given by her family and professors on attending this expedition.

James Smith

James Smith

UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM/BRITISH ANTARCTIC SURVEY

 

James Smith undertook an M.Sc. in Quaternary Science at the University of London and has recently submitted his Ph.D. entitled "The Holocene history of George VI Ice Shelf, Antarctica Peninsula" at the University of Durham (UK) and the British Antarctic Survey. He has participated in two field seasons to the Antarctic Peninsula, although this will be his first cruise. James's research interests include past ice shelf/sheet history and Antarctic palaeoclimatology. Contact James at j.a.smith@durham.ac.uk.

Heather Tompkins

Heather Tompkins

DEPARTMENT OF GEOGRAPHY, QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY

Heather is a second year master's student researching the historical climatology of the Yukon Territory. Her work involves the creation of climatic reconstructions from historical documents. Physical proxy records from tree-rings will be used to supplement the climatic information she gathers from historical sources.

Heather holds a B.Sc. in Environmental Studies/Geography from the University of Winnipeg, as well as an Advanced Diploma in GIS technology from Red River College. Prior to beginning her graduate studies at Queen's, Heather worked for the Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research-Oslo (CICERO) in Oslo, Norway. Her work mainly involved the mapping of district-level climatic and globalization vulnerability in India. Heather was also involved in similar projects centered on Norway and the Barents Sea. This previous work on northern environmental change will serve as the basis for continued study on Gould 05-02. This will be Heather's first trip to Antarctica. She looks forward to the opportunity to be involved in the program. Heather can be contacted at 2hlt1@qlink.queensu.ca.


Veronica Willmott

Veronica Willmott

Veronica Willmott

DEPARTMENT OF STRATIGRAPHY, PALEONTOLOGY AND MARINE GEOSCIENCES, UNIVERSITY OF BARCELONA

Veronica is a Ph.D student at the University of Barcelona's Department of Stratigraphy, Paleontology and Marine Geosciences. Miquel Canals (University of Barcelona) and Eugene Domack (Hamilton College) are her supervisors. She is working with sediment cores from the Gerlache Strait and Western Bransfield Basin, and is involved in exciting subjects such as paleomagnetic intensity, geochemistry, and paleoclimatology. This will be her second cruise in Antarctica, but her first in the Eastern Antarctic Peninsula.

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