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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2017

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Improving p-XRF Capabilities for In Situ Geochemical Analysis: A Case Study of Arkansas's Magnet Cove and Stanley Shale, Elizabeth Backman
Department: Chemistry; Geology

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Brachiopods of the Decorah Formation exposed in northeastern Iowa and southeastern Minnesota (Sandbian, Upper Ordovician), Dominique B. Bell
Department: Geology

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Exploring the Significance of Water in Crystallographic Formation Through the Analysis of Olivine, George C. Buehler
Department: Geology

Magnetic Susceptibility as an Indicator of Anthropogenic Alteration to Three Wisconsin Temperate Lakes, Andrew L. Conaway
Department: Geology

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Iron ooids in the Decorah Formation (Upper Ordovician, Sandbian), in southeastern Minnesota, Etienne V. Fang
Department: Geology

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Animating the Dynamic of Columbia Glacier, Prince William Sound, Alaska, Conner Gelwicks
Department: Geology

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Modeling Glacier Mass Balance and Glacial Dating in Alaska, Jeffrey Gunderson
Department: Geology

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High Resolution Remote Sensing: Detection and Monitoring of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) in the San Francisco Bay, Annette E. Hilton
Department: Geology

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Origin and paleoecology of ferruginous oncoids ("snuff-boxes") of the Middle Jurassic (Bajocian) in the Inferior Oolite Group of southern England and northern France, Cassidy D. Jester
Department: Geology

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Lithologic and Well Log Analysis of a Four Well Case Study, in Morrow County, Ohio, Kevin M. Komara
Department: Geology

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Western tropical Atlantic hydrology changes during abrupt climate events in the last glacial interval, Sarah M. McGrath
Department: Geology

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An Analysis of the Erosion at Wooster Memorial Park near Wooster, Ohio, Sharron Osterman
Department: Geology

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Projection of Groundwater Pumping Sustainability in Volta Wildlife Refuge, Merced County, CA, Helen Siegel
Department: Geology

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Assessing the Life Modes of Conodonts within the Decorah Shale (Late Ordovician of Southeastern Minnesota and Northeastern Iowa), Dean E. Thomas
Department: Geology

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Paleo-Ice Thickness of a Glaciovolcanic Tindar Ridge, Reykjanes Peninsula, Southwest Iceland, Chloe Wallace
Department: Geology

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“Reading” Glacier Bay: a landscape of cultural and physical glaciation from the Little Ice Age to the 21st century, Andrew D. Wayrynen
Department: English; Geology

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The Paleoecology of Prasopora falesi in the Decorah Formation (Upper Ordovician) of northeastern Iowa and southeastern Minnesota, Rachel M. Wetzel
Department: Geology

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2016

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Ice Springs Volcanic Field: New Insights and History for a Series of Complex Eruptions, Kelli W. Baxstrom
Department: Geology

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Investigating Blue Light Intensity in Tree Rings to Generate High-Sensitivity Summer Temperature Records for Southern Alaska., Madeline Happ
Department: Geology

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An Isotopic analysis of belemnites from the Speeton Clay Formation (Lower Cretaceous) of Filey Bay, North Yorkshire, England., Mae L. Kemsley
Department: Geology

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Paleoecology and Depositional Environments of the Passage Beds Member (Upper Jurassic, North Yorkshire, England), Meredith E. Mann
Department: Geology

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Late Holocene Glacial History of Muir Inlet, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska., Daniel R. Misinay II
Department: Geology

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Mentoring Structures in Undergraduate Research, Brittany A. Nicholson
Department: Geology

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Analysis of Water Quality Parameters and Preliminary Investigation into the Impacts of Human Access on the Water Quality of the Nisqually River, Mount Rainier National Park, Eric Parker
Department: Geology

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Volatile Analysis of Glaciovolcanic Glass Rinds Collected From Pillow Ridge in the Mount Edziza Volcanic Complex, Ncvp, British Columbia, Canada, Mary C. Reinthal
Department: Geology

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The Use of Multiple Dating Methods to Determine the Age of Basalt in the Ice Springs Volcanic Field, Millard County, Utah, Krysden A. Schantz
Department: Geology

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A Magmastatic Model: The Computational Exploration of Correlative Sheeted Dike Components and Implications for Dike Eruptibility, Trevor Shoemaker
Department: Geology

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Regional Volcanic Extinction as a Mechanism for Subsidence in the Vatnsdalur Structural Basin, Skagi Peninsula, Northwest Iceland, Adam M. Silverstein
Department: Geology

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Reconstructing Glacial History from Forests Preserved in the Wake of the Catastrophic Retreating Columbia and Wooster Glaciers, Prince William Sound, Alaska, Kaitlin N. Starr
Department: Geology

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Emplacement Processes and Monogenetic Classification of Ice Springs Volcanic Field, Central Utah, Michael Williams
Department: Geology

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2015

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Grazer Dynamics on a Relict Acroporid Patch Reef System and Their Implications for the Carbonate Budget at Coral Gardens, Belize, Sarah K. Bender
Department: Geology

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Zeolite Identification and Distribution in the Vatnsdalur Structural Basin, Northwest Iceland, Olivia L. Brown
Department: Geology

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Dating the Glacial History Near Wolf Point, Muir Inlet, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Southeast Alaska, Zachery Downes
Department: Geology

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Macroborings and their Relationship to Encrusting Bryozoans on Brachiopods and Bivalves from the Upper Ordovician of the Cincinnatian Group, Coleman D. Fitch
Department: Geology

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Dendroclimatology in the Far East: Two-century tree-ring reconstructions of Amur River flow, Sarah E. Frederick
Department: Geology

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The Symbiosis Between Bioclaustrated Organisms and their Host Bryozoans in the Late Ordovician, G. William M. Harrison IV
Department: Geology

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Growth Patterns of Acropora cervicornis Affected By Current Flows at Coral Gardens, Belize, Thomas R. Herold
Department: Geology

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Analysis of gabbroic xenoliths in pillow basalts, Pillow Ridge, MEVC, British Columbia: implications for crustal contamination, metasomatic crystallization and petrogenesis., Leo Jones
Department: Geology

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Extending the Reconstruction of Surface Air Temperature from the Gulf of Alaska Using Tree Rings, Wilson Nelson
Department: Geology

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Origins of Oregon: A Cultural Geography of Two Oregonian Cities, Claire McNaught Ramey
Department: Geology; History

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Effects of a growing substrate on secondarily tiered cornulitids of the Waldron Shale: Middle Silurian (Wenlockian) of Indiana, Christian P. Tulungen
Department: Geology

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2014

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First Bryozoan Fauna Described from the Jurassic Tropics: Specimens from the Matmor Formation (Middle Jurassic, Upper Callovian) in Southern Israel, Stephanie Bosch
Department: Geology

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Reconstruction of Eruptive Conditions Based on Crater Rim Stratigraphy at Miter Crater, Ice Springs Volcanic Field, Black Rock Desert, Utah, Kyle R. Burden
Department: Geology

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Kinematic and Dynamic Analysis of Deformation Bands in the Late Cretaceous Sixmile Canyon Formation, Central Utah, Tricia L. Hall
Department: Geology

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Estimated Hydrostatic/Cryostatic Pressures During Emplacement of Pillow Lavas at Undirhliðar Quarry, Reykjanes Peninsula, Southwest Iceland, Alexander R. Hiatt
Department: Geology

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Discerning Extreme Weather Events in the Connecticut River System through the Study of Sediments in Upland Dams and Flood Control Reservoirs of Western Massachusetts and Southwestern Vermont, Scott A. Kugel
Department: Geology

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Geochemical Analysis of Basalt Flows from Miter Crater in Ice Springs Volcanic Field, Black Rock Desert, Utah, Cameron A. Matesich
Department: Geology

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The Effect Of Local Tectonics And Marine Erosion On The Cretaceous Phosphorite In The Mishash Formation (Upper Cretaceous, Campanian) At Wadi Hawarim, Southern Israel: Peak Phosphate And Mining In Israel, Oscar J. Mmari
Department: Geology

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Tree-Ring Dating and Climate Analysis of Neoglacial Ice Advance of Wachusett Inlet, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Southeast Alaska, USA, Thomas A. Nash Jr.
Department: Geology

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Taphonomy and Pathology of a Middle Jurassic Shallow Marine Crinoid Community (Matmor Formation, Southern Israel), Elizabeth A. Reinthal
Department: Geology

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Determination of Inflation within the Miter Flow Depression in Ice Springs Volcanic Field, Candice Thornton
Department: Geology

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A Dendroclimatology Study of Shore Pine as a Case Study to Look at Climate Change and Forest Health in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Abby VanLeuven
Department: Geology

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2013

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Ballistics Analysis of Volcanic Ejecta: Miter Crater, Ice Springs Volcanic Field, Black Rock Desert, Utah, William Cary
Department: Geology

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Dating the First Millennium Ad Glacial History of Adams Inlet, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Southeast Alaska, Jennifer Horton
Department: Geology

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Clay Mineral Analysis and Paleoclimate Interpretation of a Middle Miocene Paleosol in the Powder River Volcanic Field, Northeast Oregon, Anna C. Mudd
Department: Geology

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Analysis of a Rhuddanian (Llandovery, Lower Silurian) Sclerobiont Community in the Hilliste Formation on Hiiumaa Island, Estonia: a Hard Substrate-Dwelling Relict Fauna, Jonah Novek
Department: Geology

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Analysis of Ice Springs Volcanic Field Structures, Black Rock Desert, Utah, Matthew H. Peppers
Department: Geology

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A Description of Cryptoskeletozoan Communities and Growth Analyses of Cryptic Cuffeyella Arachnoidea and Cornulites From the Upper Ordovician (Richmondian) of Ohio and Indiana, Katherine Price
Department: Geology

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The Shallow Depth of Origin of Lacustrine Sedimentary Xenoliths in the Ice Springs Volcanic Field, the Black Rock Desert, Millard County, Utah, Kevin W. Silver
Department: Geology

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Geochemical and Geospatial Analysis: Mapping of Miter's Lava Flows in Ice Springs Volcanic Field, Black Rock Desert, Utah, Whitney Sims
Department: Geology

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The Paleoecology of a Brachiopod-Bearing Marly Subunit of the Matmor Formation, Israel: a Middle Jurassic Shallow Marine Environment Near the Equator, Melissa Torma
Department: Geology

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Tree-Ring Evidence of North Pacific Volcanically Forced Cooling and Forcing of the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO), Lauren Vargo
Department: Geology

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Insights Into the Tectonic Evolution of the Northern Snake Range Metamorphic Core Complex From 40Ar/39Ar Thermochronologic Results, Northern Snake Range, Nevada, Joseph Thomson Wilch
Department: Geology; Mathematics

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2012

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Dating of the Mid-Holocene History and Glacial Stratigraphy of Wachusett Inlet, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Southeast, Alaska, Sarah Nicole Appleton
Department: Geology

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Geochemical and Field Relationships of Pillow and Dike Units in a Subglacial Pillow Unit Undirhliđar Quarry, Southwest Iceland, Lindsey J. Bowman
Department: Geology

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Comparison and Analog-Based Analysis of Sinuous Channels on the Rift Aprons of Ascraeus Mons and Pavonis Mons Volcanoes, Mars, Andrew Collins
Department: Geology

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Stratigraphy and Paleoenvironments of the Soeginina Beds (Paadla Formation, Lower Ludlow, Upper Silurian) on Saaremaa Island, Estonia, Richa N. Ekka
Department: Geology

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Stratigraphy and Paleoecology of the Wenlock/Ludlow Boundary at Saaremaa Island, Estonia, Nicholas Fedorchuk
Department: Geology

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Zeolite Formation Within a Monocline Sequence Along Vatnsdalsfjall, Skagi Peninsula, Northwest Iceland, Travis Louvain
Department: Geology

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Paleoecology of the Hilliste Formation (Lower Silurian, Llandovery, Rhuddanian) Hiiumaa Island, Estonia: An Example of a Shallow Marine Recovery Fauna, Rachel Matt
Department: Geology

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Geochemical and Petrologic Analysis of the Hrafnfjordur Central Volcano, Westfjords, Iceland, Katharine Schleich
Department: Geology

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2011

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Construction of a Subglacial Pillow Ridge: Insights From Field Relationships and Compositional Variations, Undirhlíðar Quarry, Southwest Iceland, Rebecca Alcorn
Department: Geology

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Protolith Determination of Mylonitic Rock Adjacent to the Madison Mylonite Zone, Henry's Lake Mountains, Southwest Montana and Idaho, Jesse Davenport
Department: Geology

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Bioerosion on Oysters Across the Cretaceous-Paleogene Boundary in Alabama and Mississippi (USA), Megan Innis
Department: Geology

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Paleoecological Reconstruction of the Menuha Formation (Upper Cretaceous, Santonian), Makhtesh Ramon Region, Southern Isreal, Andrew J. Retzler
Department: Geology

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Paleoenvironmental Analysis of the Zichor Formation in the Cretaceous of Southern Israel, Micah Risacher
Department: Geology

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Evidence in Hiatus Concretions of Regressions Recorded Within the Black Hand Sandstone (Osagean) of Ohio, Michael Snader
Department: Geology

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2010

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Reconstructing Late Holocene Glacial Movement in Muir Inlet Glacier Bay, Alaska, Kelly Aughenbaugh
Department: Geology

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Directly-Controlled Lichen Growth Curves For Western Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Travis Brown
Department: Geology

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Paleoenvironmental Analysis of the Silurian Jaani Formation on the Island of Saaremaa, Estonia, Robert H. McConnell
Department: Geology

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Decline in Alaskan Yellow-Cedar: Tree-Ring Investigations Into Climatic Responses and Possible Causes, Glacier Bay, Alaska, Colin R. Mennett
Department: Geology

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Paleoecological Reconstruction of the Late Silurian (Pridoli) Äigu Beds of Saaremaa Island, Estonia, Palmer J. Shonk
Department: Geology

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2009

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Jurassic Paleocommunities and Paleoecology in the Matmor Formation (Callovian) of Hamakhtesh Hagadol, Israel, Elyssa Belding
Department: Geology

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Formation of the Hjallin Lens: Quantitative Study of Igneous Rock Textures Through Crystal Size Distribution (CSD) and Conductive Cooling Models, Vatnsdalur, Iceland, Jayne Alexandra Drushal
Department: Geology

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Paleocommunities and Paleoenvironments of the Logan Formation (Mississippian, Osagean) of Northeastern Ohio, Heather Hunt
Department: Geology

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Developing the Late Holocene Glacial History of Lower Glacier Bay, Alaska Using Tree-Ring Dating of Subfossil Wood, Michael Krivicich
Department: Geology

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Protolith Determination of the Hyde School Marginal Gneisses, Adirondack Lowlands, NY, Robert M. Nowak
Department: Geology

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Calculating the Rate of Dextral Strike-Slip Faulting Along the Höh Serh Fault, the Southwestern Boundary of the Höh Serhiyn Nuruu in the Mongolian Altai, Western Mongolia, Jodi Sprajcar
Department: Geology

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2008

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Dendroclimatology and Divergence: a Case Study From Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska, Alexander A. Trutko
Department: Geology

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2007

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Legacy Sediment on Incising Streams: Changes in Stream Form and Process and Implications For Stream Restoration, Case Study of Two Steams in Wayne County, Ohio, Emily Lucille Cunningham
Department: Geology

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Paleocology of a Late Pleistocene (Eemian) Reef Sequence on Great Inagua Island, the Bahamas, Emiliann Griffin
Department: Geology

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Study of the Formation of Ship Rock By Analysis of Magma Flow Direction, Denise Marie Hardman
Department: Geology

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Origins of Garnet in Peraluminous Granitoids Found in the South Mountain Batholith, Nova Scotia, Jessica S. Hark
Department: Geology

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Paleomagnetic Remanence and Anisotropy of Magnetic Susceptibility of Dikes From Super-Fast Spread Crust Exposed at Pito Deep Rift, Andrew J. Horst
Department: Geology

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Developing Subfossil Conifer Tree-Ring-Width Chronologies to Investigate the Glacial and Climate History of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska, Eva Lyon
Department: Geology

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Contamination History of Boot Lake Granodiorite, Nova Scotia, Canada, Brian Mumaw
Department: Geology

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Geochronology of Late Pleistocene Corals Associated With a Rapid Sea Level Change (Great Inagua and San Salvador, the Bahamas), Ann Steward
Department: Geology

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2006

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Microsolenid Corals as Paleobathymetric Indicators: A Test Using a Newly Discovered Middle Jurassic Community in Makhtesh Gadol, Israel, Jeffrey C. Bowen II
Department: Geology

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Paleoenvironmental Analysis of Thrombolites in the Basal Purbeck Formation (Upper Jurassic of Southern England), Erica C. Clites
Department: Geology

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267 Year Long Reconstruction of Spring Lake Erie Levels Based on North Pacific Tree Ring Series, Anne Krawiec
Department: Geology