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Geoscience Majors Present at GSA Meeting


Several senior geosciences majors presented their senior thesis research results at the Geological Society of America (GSA) Northeastern Section meeting held in Albany, N.Y., last month.

Alexander Doig received an Outstanding Undergraduate Poster Award for his presentation of “Orientation, Spatial Distribution, and Chemical Composition of Paleozoic Diabase Dikes on Swans Island and Neighboring Islands, Penobscot Bay, Maine.” Of the 195 posters presented at the meeting, Doig’s was one of only nine to receive this recognition. Professor of Geosciences Dave Bailey and Caroline Gregory ’14 were co-authors.

Also representing Hamilton:

  • Olivia Koster, “The Effects of Spatial Anthropogenic Land Use Variations on the Sediments and Morphology of Oriskany Creek”
  • Alec Melone with Ousseynou Tall ’17, “Age and Emplacement Depths of Granitic Plutons, Swans Island, Maine: Zircon Geochronology, Hornblende Geobarometry, and Magmatic Epidote”
  • Lindsay Pattison, “Mineralogical and Chemical Composition of Oolitic Ironstones from the Type Locality, Clinton, New York”
  • Nicole Saitta, “Determining the Sources of Bacterial Contamination in a Limestone Aquifer, Oneida County, New York”
  • Charlie Wilson, “Reconstructing Paleoenvironment Using Soil Carbonate Isotopic Data from the Holocene Galana Boi Formation, Turkana, Kenya”

Sarah Hall ’01 was also recognized for supervising another award-winning poster.  Hall is now a professor of earth science at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Me.

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