Professional Meeting Abstracts

Complete lists of faculty publications can be found at:  Cam Davidson, Bereket Haileab, Sarah Titus


Geological Society of America national meeting, Denver, CO

Bereket Haileab (faculty): Rethinking an Introduction to Geology Course: Lessons Learned from Incorporating a GIS Module

Bereket Haileab (faculty): Sulfur, Fluorine and Chlorine Degassing of Plio-Pleistocene Volcanoes in East Africa

Lydia English '13, James Bethune '10, Mary Van Dyke '13, Bereket Haileab (faculty):  Using Chlorofluorocarbons and Tritium to Date Groundwater From the Jordan Aquifer in Rice County, Minnesota

Cameron Davidson (faculty), Hannah Hilbert-Wolf '12: Maximum Depositional Age of the Paleocene to Eocene Orca Flysch, Prince William Sound, Alaska

Lydia English '13, James Bethune '10, Mary Van Dyke '13, Bereket Haileab (faculty): Geochemical Analysis of Surface Water Quality in Rice County, Minnesota

Caroline Scheevel '13, Bereket Haileab (faculty): Study of Clay Minerals From the Morton Gneiss Saprolite

Adam Denny '12: Geochemistry of the Eocene Crescent Formation Basalt, Washington State: Implications for Mantle Plume Activity

Cam Davidson (faculty): Thermal Evolution of Flyschof the Chugach-Prince William Terranes, Eastern Prince William Sound, Alaska

Bereket Haileab (faculty): Sulfur, Fluorine and Chlorine Degassing of Plio-Pleistocene Volcanoes in East Africa

Sarah Titus (faculty), Alice Newman '11, Amanda Yourd '11: Using Deformation Bands to Characterize Deformation at Kettleman Hills, California: Implications For Off-Fault Deformation in the San Andreas Fault Borderlands


Geological Society of America national meeting, Denver, CO

Hannah Hilbert-Wolf '12:  The Identification of a Tectonically Controlled Sequence Boundary at the Contact Between the Upper Cretaceous Wahweap and Kaiparowits Formations

David Brink-Roby '10:  Small-Scale Fractures Accommodate Incremental Pluton Emplacement? Case Study in the Tuolumne Intrusive Suite, California

Julia Schwarz '10: Hydrogeochemical Controls on Felsic Volcanic Rock Weathering Across a Climatic Gradient: Central Cascades and High Desert, Oregon

Geological Society of America, Cordilleran Section, Anaheim, CA

Sarah Titus (faculty), Sarah Crump '10, Zack McGuire '08: Paleomagnetic Data from the Rinconada Fault in Central California: Evidence for Off-Fault Deformation and Long-Term Creep Along the San Andreas Fault

Nathan Evenson '10, Cameron Davidson (faculty): U-PB Detrital Zircon Geochronology and Provenance of the Paleogene-Neogene Kootznahoo Formation, Southeast Alaska: A Sedimentary Record of Coast Mountains Exhumation

Jordan David Epstein '10, Cameron Davidson (faculty): Paleomagnetism and Geochemistry of Tertiary Intrusions and Flows Associated with the Kootznahoo Formation Near Kake, Southeast Alaska, and Implications for the Alexander Terrane

Cameron Davidson (faculty): Paleomagnetism of Lower Cretaceous KSM Turbidites near Hamilton Point, Kupreanof Island, Alaska

American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting

Nicholas Holschuh '11: Improving Tsunami Warning with Rapid Linear Model

Noah Randolph-Flagg '11, Elizabeth Lundstrom '12, Steve Ingebritsen '78: Variations in Advected Heat from Devils Kitchen Hydrothermal Area, Lassen Volcanic National Park, California 1922-2010

Amanda Yourd '11, Alice Newman '11, Sarah Titus (faculty): Characterizing Deformation at Kettleman Hills North Dome, Central California Using Paleomagnetism and Structural Analysis

Chelsea Scott '10, Sarah Titus (faculty): Kinematic Modeling of Deformation Near a Ridge-Transform Intersection in the Troodos Ophiolite, Cyprus

Sarah Tius (faculty): Modeling the Evolution of a Transform Fault in the Mantle Section of the New Caledonia Ophiolite






Geological Society of America national meeting, Portland, OR

Mark Hagemann '10: Assesing Potential Seasonal Paleoclimate Signals in a Late Pleistocene Stalagmite from Central Texas

Hannah Hilbert-Wolf '12: Seismite Intensity Studies in the Wahweap Formation, Southern Utah: Unraveling the Syndepostional Fault Movements and the Differential Effects in the Hanging Wall and Footwall Blocks

Hannah Hilbert-Wolf '12: Syndeformational Origin for Internal Laminations of Spectacular Seismogenic Load Structures in the Late Cretaceous Wahweap Formation, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah

Hannah Hilbert-Wolf '12: The Recognition and Implicatioons of the Wood-Boring Trace Fossil Asthenopodichnium Xylobiotum In Upper Cretaceous Strata of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, UT

Nathaniel Ryan '12: Deformed Kyanite: Origin and Significance in the Raft River Core Complex of Utah

Kristin Sweeney '09: Late Pleistocene Sli Rate of the HöH Serh-Tsagaan Salaa Fault Zone, Mongolian Altai and Intracontinental Transpressional Deformation in Central Asia

Nick Holschuh '11, Bereket Haileab (faculty): A preliminary Geochemical Analysis of Spatial and Temporal Variations in the Surface Water Chemistry of Rice County Minnesota Using ArcGIS

Sarah Titus (faculty): Synthesis of Research on Thinking and Learning in the Geosciences: The Importance of Spatial Thinking for Geoscience Education

Geological Society of America, Rocky Mountain Section, Orem, UT

Sarah Bergman '07: Pleistocene Glaciations on the Fish Lake Plateau, Utah

Geological Society of America, North-Central Section,  Rockford, IL

Allison Vitkus '10: An Arthropod-Zoophycoid Assemblage in the Upper Devonian (Famennian) Chagrin Shale Member of the Ohio Shale

American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting

Sarah Titus (faculty): Steady-State Deformation Using Matrix Exponentials

Sarah Crump '10, Sarah Titus (faculty), Zack McGuire '08, : Paleomagnetic Data From the Rinconada Fault in Central California: Evidence for Off-fault Deformation

Neil Foley '10:  Fractionation of Sulfur Isotopes in the Formation of Mars

Will Jacobson '11:  Subtle evidence for paleoseismicity in the cratonic interior, U.S.A.

Travis Drake '10: Assessing biogeochemical cycling and transient storage of surface water in Eastern Siberian streams using short-term solute additions

Laura Bazzetta '10: Linking River Morphology to Larval Drift of an Endangered Sturgeon


Geological Society of America joint annual meeting, Houston, TX

Calvin Lieu '08: Astronomically Controlled Cycles of Mid-Cretaceous Anoxic Events

Mark Dyson '07: Comparing Geologic and Geodetic Patterns of Deformation across the San Andreas Fault System in Central California

Sarah Titus (faculty): Quantifying Strain across a Paleotransform Fault Using Incremental Deformation, Bogota Peninsula, New Caledonia

Cameron Davidson (faculty): Origin of Lake Superior Region Early Paleozoic Super-Mature Quartz Arenites: Evidence from U-Pb Detrital Zircon Ages

Geological Society of America, North-Central Section, Evansville, IN

Mary Savina (faculty): Developing Learning Goals and Building a Responsive Curriculum from Values, Skills, and Experiences

American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 

Mary Savina (faculty): Carleton College: Geoscience Education for the Liberal Arts and the Geoscience Profession

Tiffany Cox '09:  June 2006 seismic swarm and dike injection event beneath the Michoacan-Guanajuato volcanic field

Sarah Titus (faculty): Quantifying Strain Across a Paleotransform Fault in the Mantle Section of an Ophiolite, New Caledonia

Lauren Colwell '09: Evidence for differential Hawaiian and Louisville Plume Motions Based on 40Ar/39Ar Geochronology

Tyler Mackey '08, Clint Cowan (faculty): Ice at the Late Cambrian Equator: Climate Extremes During a Greenhouse Earth and the Last Gasp of Proterozoic-like Conditions

Sam Kanner '10: Quantifying Transport Associated With Non-Linear Internal Waves in Massachusetts Bay

Chelsea Scott '10: Unusally Large Amplitude Core Phases Recoded In Oahu, Hawaii at Distances near 360°

Zach Montes '10: Acquisition of thermal remanent magnetization by exsolved silicate-hosted titanomagnetite inclusions: Implications for determining paleodirection and paleointensity

Kristin Sweeney '09: Structure and Geomorphic Expression of the Delüün Fault and Late Cenozoic Transpressional Mountain Building in the Mongolian Altai


Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Denver, CO

Cameron Davidson (faculty): Integrating Authentic Research Activities into the Introductory Geology Course at Carleton College 

Lauren Andrews '07, Sarah Bergman '07, Gloria Jimenez '07, Carl Ulberg '07, Bereket Haileab (faculty): Carbon and Oxygen Isotope Analysis of Modern Freshwater Mollusk Shells: Applications for Climate Reconstruction

Jack Gibbons '07, Zack Mcguire '08, Michael Barret '08, William Mitchell '08, Bereket Haileab (faculty):  Geochemistry of Sericite from a Saprolite of the Precambrian Morton Gneiss in the Minnesota River Valley of Southwestern Minnesota

Cameron Davidson (faculty): Web-Based Resources for Teaching Phase Equilibria

Sarah Titus (faculty): Geodetic and Geologic Deformation Rates from the San Andreas Fault System, Central California

Matthew Dettinger '08, Lauren Colwell '09, Sonya Krishnan '10, Tyler Mackey '08, Cameron Davidson (faculty): Kyanite after Andalusite in the Contact Aureole of an Epidote-Bearing Pluton near Petersburg, Alaska: Confirmation of Rapid Tectonic Burial in Southeast Alaska?

Sarah Titus (faculty): Lithospheric Mantle Deformation in the Central San Andreas Fault System

Geological Society of America, Rocky Mountain Section, St. George, UT

Sarah Bergman '07: Pleistocene Glacial Reconstruction of the Fish Lake Hightop Plateau: Implications for Climate at the Last Glacial Maximum

Geological Society of America, Southeastern Section, Savannah, GA

Selena Pang '07: Spatial Variation of Dissolved Nitrogen in the Headwaters of the Highly Urbanized Brushy Creek Watershed, South Carolina

Nathaniel Dixon '07: Constraining the Severity of Plicene Storms: Experimental and Theoretical Hydrodynamic Analysis of Mercenaria in Florida's Pinecrest Beds

Nathaniel Dixon '07: Taphonomic, Taxonomic, and Sedimentologic Analysis of Florida's Plio-Pleistocene Shell Beds: A Comparison of Two Depositional End Members

 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting

Sarah Titus (faculty): Quantifying Strain in the Mantle Across a Paleotransform Fault, Bogota Peninsula, New Caledonia

Mark Dyson '07, Sarah Titus (faculty): Distributed Plate Boundary Deformation Across the San Andreas Fault System, Central California

Sarina Yospin '07: Ship Rock Diatreme: is it a Classical Volcano? New Evidence on Magma Ascent and Emplacement Within the Navajo Volcanic Field


Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA

Mary Savina (faculty): Studying Scientific Controversies Through the Lens of Katrina

Katherine Meyer '09, Megan Ward '08, Bereket Haileab (faculty): Tracing Nitrate-N From a Drainage Tile Through Surface Waters of the Cannon River Watershed

Mary Savina (faculty), Sara Lopez '09, Kendra Murray '07: Exploring Science/Public Policy Intersections in a Course on Geology and Human Health

Bereket Haileab (faculty): Introductory Course Projects as an Opportunity for Water Quality Monitoring and Education

Mary Savina (faculty) Sara Lopez '09: Using Radon Problems for Quantitative and Science Literacy and Civic Engagement

Clinton Cowen (faculty), Mark Dyson '07: Was Some Proterozoic and Cambrian Seawater Anomalously Viscous?

Ross Mitchell '07: Integrated Stratigraphy of the Western Interior Seaway (Santonian-Campanian)

Lee Finley-Blasi '08, Cameron Davidson (faculty): U-PB Dating of Detrital Zircon from the Neoproterozoic (?) Fond Du Lac and Hinckley Sandstone Formations Near Duluth, Minnesota

Sarah Titus (faculty): A Kinematic Model for the Rinconada Fault System in Central California Based on Structural Analysis of En Echelon Folds

Cameron Davidson (faculty): Source Rock Ages and Patterns of Sedimentation in the Lake Superior Region: Results of Preliminary U-PB Detrital Zircon Studies

Sarah Titus (faculty): Strain Across a Mantle Shear Zone, Bogota Peninsula, New Caledonia

Andy Lorenz '05: Water Resources on Vinalhaven Island, Maine

Kelsey Dyck '06: High Resolution Dating and Taphonomy of an Acropora Cervicornis Reef Reveal Mid-Holocene Reef Architecture

Kelsey Dyck '06: How Vulnerable is Acropora Cervicornis Coral to Climate Change?  Lessons from the Mid-Holocene

Geological Society of America, Rocky Mountain Section, St. George, UT

Sarah Bergman '07: Pleistocene Glacial Reconstruction of the Fish Lake Hightop Plateau: Implications for Climate at te Last Glacial Maximum

American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting

David Bice (faculty), Ross Mitchell '07, Keith Christianson '07: Prelude to the Livello Bonarelli (OAE 2): Cyclostratigraphy and Astrochronology in the Cenomanian

Carl Ulberg '07: Investigation of Low-Level Cascadia Tremor Between Major Episodes

Ross Mitchell '07, Don Penman '07: Synchronostratigraphic evidence from terrane and craton for the offset of Baja BC (early Campanian)

Sarah Titus (faculty):  Thirty-Five-Year Slip Rates for the Creeping Segment of the San Andreas Fault and the Effects of the 2004 Parkfield Earthquake

Cameron Davidson (faculty): Using Low-tech Stream Discharge Calculations to Enhance Quantitative Reasoning Skills in an Introductory Geology Course 

Frances Reid '08: The effect of minor elements on H incorporation in MgSiO3 perovskite

Frances Reid '08:  Synthesis and high-pressure synchrotron-infrared studies of OH-bearing silicate perovskite in the laser-heated diamond cell


Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT

Bereket Haileab (faculty): Tephrostraptigraphy of the Okote Complex, Omo-Turkana Basin, Kenya and Ethiopia

Ellen Schaal '05: Innovative Applications of Geochemistry to Provenance, Southern Ebro Basin, Spain

Geological Society of America, North Central Section, Minneapolis, MN

David Auerbach '04, Clint Cowan (faculty): Geochemistry of Chitinophosphatic Brachipod Shells from Cambrian Nearshore Deposits of the Cratonic Interior of Laurentia

Ellen Root '07, Jack Gibbons '07, Whit Jones '07, Bessie Schwarz '08, Scott Hynek '01, Bereket Haileab (faculty): National Trends in Rainwater Chemistry

Mary Savina (faculty): "Only Connect": Helping Students Transfer Knowledge Into and out of the Geoscience Classroom

Kathryn Stalker '05, Karla Knudson '05, Kristen James '04, Brandon Murphy '04, Bereket Haileab (faculty): Characterization of Groundwater from Rice Count, Minnesota, using CFC Dating, Hydrogen and Oxygen Isotope Analysis, and Ion Concentrations

 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting

Bereket Haileab (faculty): Seismo-tectonics of the Red Sea region in Eritrea: the case of the "transform faults"

David Jones '98:Microbial Diversity and Population Structure of Extremely Acidic Sulfur-Oxidizing Biofilms From Sulfidic Caves


Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Denver, CO

Cameron Davidson (faculty): Integrating Geophysical Information into Structural Geology Courses

Mary Savina (faculty): Multiple Intelligences in Geoscience Classrooms: Beyond Lectures, Labs and Information Technology 

Cameron Davidson (faculty): Using the Autocorrelation Function Function in NIH-Image to Determine Shape-Preferred Orientations

Bereket Haileab (faculty): Plio-Pleistocene Volcanic Centers in the Ethiopian Highlands, Distinguished Using Major and Trace Element Abundances from Tephra Layers in the Turkana Basin 

Clint Cowan (faculty): Cambrian Chitinophosphatic Brachiopod Shells Yield a Primary Marine d13CCARB Signature and Reveal Terrestial-Marine Paleoceanographic Interaction 

Ben Harrison '07: Geochemical Constraints on Pre-Miocene, Central Washington Cascades Topography

Geological Society of America, North-Central Section, St. Louis, MO

Sean Bryan '04: Basin Morphology, Sedimentology, and History of a Small Proglacial Lake, Matanuska Glacier, Alaska

American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting

Mary Savina (faculty): Starting Point: Linking Methods and Materials for Introductory Geoscience Courses

Kristin O'Connell '04, Cameron Davidson (faculty): Ar Dating Reveals Multiple Generations of Mafic Dikes in Southeastern Alaska

Bess Koffman '04: The Microbial Karst Sulfuric Acid Dynamo

Kristen James '04: Determining the Source for the Magmas of Monte Amiata (Central Italy) using Strontium, Neodymium, and Lead Isotope Analysis

American Geophysical Union Joint Assembly

Leah Morgan '04: Microbial evidence for sulfur cycling in the deep subsurface of the Witwatersrand Basin, South Africa


Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA

Mary Savina (faculty), Cameron Davidson (faculty): Information Literacy in the Geosciences at Carleton College: Strategies and Assesment

Mary Savina (faculty), Bereket Haileab (faculty): Building Community through Group Projects

Cameron Davidson (faculty): A Proposal to Build Data-Rich Rock Suites for Learning Petrology

Ben Harrison '03, Bereket Haileab (faculty): Geochemical Tracing of Basalt Provinces in the Early History of the Yellowstone Hot Spot 

Lisa Kanner '04: Prospecting for Martian Ice From Orbit

Adrienne Hacker Pahl '03: Landscape Evolution in Castle Rocks State Park, Albion Range, Southern Idaho

Mary Savina (faculty): Using Nineteenth Century Literature in Geoscience Classrooms

Annaliese Eipert '04: Recurrence of Giant Earthquakes Inferred from Tsunami Sand Sheets and Subsided Soils in South-Central Chile

Clint Cowan (faculty): The Effect on Paleo-Productivity of the First Major Delivery of Mid-Laurentian Saprolite-Derived Material to Phanerozoic Oceans: Continent-Wide Marine Ravinement During Submergence-Emergence of Late Cambrain North America, and the Global Carbon Isotope Spice Event 

Elizabeth Clark '02, Mary Savina (faculty): Analyzing Historical Climatology Records in Introductory Geoscience

Elizabeth Cassel '03, Cameron Davidson (faculty): Crystallization Depths of Cretaceous Plutons Along the Wrangell Transect, Southeast Alaska

Devin Mcphillips '03, Cameron Davidson (faculty): Geochronology from a Contact Metamorphic ASsemblage Near the Edge of the Wrangellia Composite Terrane, Talkeetna Mountains, Alaska 

George Tangalose '03, Bereket Haileab (faculty): Genesis and Contamination of the Kodiak Batholith, Kodiak Island, Alaska: Using d18O to Quantify the Assimilated Component of the Batholith

Hilary Gittings '02: Hydrogeoogic Controls on Springs in the Mukwonago River Watershed, SE Wisconsin

Elizabeth Cassel '03: Late Pleistocene, Calcareous and Siliceous Aeolian and Alluvian Fan Deposits, Cape Liptrap, Southeastern Victoria, Australia

Theresa Engel '04: Comparative Stratigraphy and Paleohydrology of Channel-Fill Deposits of the Lower Cretaceous Cedar Mountain Formation of Utah

Geological Society of America, Cordilleran Section, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico  

Cameron Davidson (faculty): Mesozoic Basin Development and Deformation Along the Inboard Margin of the Wrangellia Composite Terrane

American Geophysical Fall Meeting

Ben Harrison '03, Bereket Haileab (faculty): Chemical Stratigraphy of the Weiser Embayment Columbia River Basalt

Mary Savina (faculty), Cameron Davidson (faculty): Carleton College Geology Department: Seventy Years of Planning for Change

Katja Meyer '02, Laura Cleaveland '01, Jennifer Macalady (faculty): Microbiology and Geochemistry of Acidic Cave Biofilms in the Frasassi Caves, Italy

Bereket Haileab (faculty), Cameron Davidson (faculty): The Alta Stock, Utah: An Exemplar Rock Suite for Learning Metamorphic Concepts

Jennifer Macalady (faculty): Methane Production Pathways in a California Rice Paddy: Isotopic Evidence for Substantial CO$_{2}$ Reduction as Cause for Isotopically Light Emitted CH$_{4}$ Carbon

Cameron Davidson (faculty): Teaching Petrology in the 21st Century: A Workshop Report and Call to Action

Cameron Davidson (faculty): Refining a Proposal to Build Data-Rich Rock Suites for Learning Petrology

Mary Savina (faculty): A Coordinated Approach to Curricular Review and Development in Undergraduate Geoscience Programs: Using a Matrix to Identify and Track Skills and Skill Development

Cameron Davidson (faculty): Paleomagnetic Evidence for Neogene Tilting of Crustal Panels in Southeastern Alaska

Annaliese Eipert '04: Incubation of Chile's 1960 Earthquake


Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Denver, CO

David Bice (faculty): Stella Modeling as a Tool for Understanding Earth Systems

Geological Society of America, North Central and Southeastern Sections, Lexington, KY

Aleshia Mueller '01: Natural Disaster Preparedness: Earthquake Forecasting Methods and Community Involvement; Uniting Scientists, Administrators, and the Public

Geological Society of America, North Eastern Section,  Springfield, MA

Nancy Harris '03: Geomorphic Assesment of Swarr Run in the Little Conestoga Watershed, Lancaster, PA

American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting

Benjamin Harrison '03, Bereket Haileab (faculty): Trace Element Analysis of Basalt Provinces in the Early History of the Yellowstone Hot Spot

Mary Savina (faculty): Teaching Quantitative Skills in a Geoscience Context

Mary Savina (faculty), Elizabeth Clark '02: From the Local to the Global: Integrating Fluvial Data Across Spatial and Temporal Scales

Andrew Gendaszek '02: The Global Climatic Effect of Opening the Equatorial Atlantic Gateway in the mid-Cretaceous

Jennifer Macalady (faculty): Archaeal Lipid Genes: Clues to Life in Acid and the Evolution of Membranes


American Geophysical Union Spring Meeting

Mary Savina (faculty): Soil Magnetism and Magnetic Anomalies at the Marshall's Pen Archaeological Site, Mandeville, Jamaica


Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Boston, MA

Mary Savina (faculty), David Bice (faculty): A Skill Matrix as a Geology Department Curriculum Planning Tool

Edward Buchwald (faculty), David Bice (faculty), Mary Savina (faculty), Shelby Boardman (faculty), Bereket Haileab (faculty), Clint Cowan (faculty), Timothy Vick (Technical Director):  Values Statement and "Robustly Useful Ideas" as Geology Department Planning Tools

Clint Cowan (faculty), James Bishop '01: Experimental and Field Examples of Subaqueous Synsedimentary Cracks in Sediments

Leah Morgan '04: Grain by Grain: Holcene Storms and Hillslope Erosion in New England

American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting

Hillary Gittings '02: The Western Hesperia Planum Region of Mars: MGS-based Revelations