Geology Department News

Updated whenever news breaks!

  • Clint Cowan

    Phil Camill

    May 24, 2005 - Clint Cowan is teaming up with Associate Professor of Biology Phil Camill to lead the Coastal Biogeoscience Program In Australia next winter term.

    Clint is a sedimentary geologist with interests in modern and ancient carbonate sediments and the biogeochemistry of environmental perturbations over geological time scales. He teaches courses in paleobiology, sedimentology-stratigraphy, and earth history.

    Phil is a global change ecologist with interests in how vegetation and nutrient cycles are altered by climate change and anthropogenic disturbances. He teaches courses in ecosystem ecology, plant physiological ecology, global change biology, and paleoecology.

    The program will have two primary field sites, the first in the temperate area on the southern coast of Australia and the second on the Great Barrier Reef. The courses taught will include Coastal Studies in Biogeoscience, Natural and Anthropogenic Disturbances of Australian Coastal Environments, and Directed Readings In Coastal Science. SCUBA certification is required.

    Thirty two students have been accepted into the program.

  • June 14, 2005 - We have a supply of geology T-shirts available that can be purchased by mail. The cost is $10 plus $3 postage payable to Carleton College.

    The 2005 shirt has a diagram on the back showing a mountain range being built in southern Minnesota thanks to Iowa being subducted under our southern border. The picture says, "Bring Orogeny Back To Minnesota." The front diagram is a range of mountains that says, "Carleton Geology 2005." It is sage green, and at this time all sizes are available.

    The 2004 shirt is an exciting "OSHA" orange with blue ink, the same as we have been painting our rock hammers. The front patch has a take-off on a hammer and sickle shaped from a hand lens and hammer, and the back design is "Oh I'm sorry... am I intruding?" It is 100% cotton, with S and XL available.

    The 2003 shirt is sold out.

    The 2002 shirt is light blue with black ink, with a picture of a hand pointing to a trilobite and saying in Latin, "This is my favorite animal." All sizes are available.

    Email Tim Vick at tvick (plus or give him a phone call to find out whether your size is in stock.

  • May 23, 2005 - Kip Solomon, associate professor of geology and geophysics at the University of Utah, will give the 2005 Darcy Lecture titled "Inert Gas Traces in Ground Water" at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 26 at Carleton College's Olin Hall, Room 141. Solomon's presentation will focus on the basic concepts and case studies of using inert gas tracers as they apply to real ground water flow problems. The event is free and open to the public.

    Solomon is the director of the Noble Gas Laboratory at the University of Utah. From 1997 to 2001, Solomon was on the editorial board for "Ground Water," a leading technical publication focused on crucial ground water subjects for ground water hydrogeologists. He was the joint technical program chair for the Geological Society of America's (GSA) annual meeting in 1997. He has been on the National Research Council's Committee on Improving Practices for Regulating and Managing Low-Activity Radioactive Waste and is currently the vice-president elect of the hydrology division of the GSA. He has published articles in the Journal of Hydrology and for Kluwer Academic Press.

    Solomon received his B.S. in geological engineering from the University of Utah, his M.S. in geology from the University of Utah and his Ph.D. in earth sciences from the University of Waterloo in Canada.

    The Henry Darcy Distinguished Lecture Series in Ground Water Science is a national lectureship established in 1986 to promote interest and excellence in ground water science and technology. The National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation (NGWREF) sponsors the series, annually inviting an outstanding ground water professional to present his or her work to professors and students at colleges across the nation.

    For more information and disability accommodations, please call Carleton's geology department at (507) 646-4407.