Students Present Research at Local Conferences

The dogwoods are blooming and 2014 commencement is only a few weeks away. Here in the Earth Science Department, springtime is an opportunity to celebrate student research.

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Dogwood blossoms outside Kittrell Hall. Photo by P. Medlin.

This year, seven senior students participated in Student Research Day on April 10th, an opportunity organized by the TTU Office of Research. Congratulations to David Bailey, senior GIS major, who won Best Poster in the Earth Sciences division.

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Presenters at Student Research Day. Front row (l to r): Marcus Vincent, Nathan Burmeister, David Hunter, Connor Salley. Back row (l to r): Cody Sutherland, Brandon Page, David Bailey.

In addition, eight students attended the Southeastern Geological Society of America (GSA) Meeting in Blacksburg, Virginia on April 10-11. Students participated in two days of overlapping oral and poster presentations.

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Students and faculty at the 2014 SE GSA Meeting in Blacksburg, VA. Front row (l to r): Dr. Jeannette Wolak, Claire Brown, Audrey Pattat, Lori Shelton. Back row (l to r): Randal (Philip) Roberson, Bryan Blackburn, Cole Conger, Tyler Riggle.

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Students listen to Dr. Frank Ettensohn, an expert on Appalachian geology, at the 2014 SE GSA Conference.

TTU students and faculty presented their own work on Friday, April 11th:

Poster 42-10: FAUNA FROM A WAULSORTIAN-LIKE MOUND IN THE FORT PAYNE FORMATION (LOWER MISSISSIPPIAN) OF TENNESSEE, Bryan Blackburn and Randal Roberson. (Senior thesis advisor: Dr. Larry Knox)

Talk 26-4: NEW INSIGHTS INTO MISSISSIPPIAN PALEOGEOGRAPHY IN CENTRAL TENNESSEE: SHALE-FILLED CHANNELS ON A CARBONATE SLOPE, Jeannette M. Wolak and Audrey N. Pattat.

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Undergraduates Randal Roberson (left) and Bryan Blackburn (right) present their research on Waulsortian-like mound structures in the Fort Payne Formation.

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Jeannette Wolak presents research results in a morning session on sedimentary geology.

Special thanks to the TTU URECA program (Undergraduate REsearch and Creative Activity) for supporting student research and attendance at the meeting. The 2015 Southeastern GSA Conference is scheduled to be held in Chattanooga, TN – – hope to see you there!

 

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