Senior Thesis

Senior thesis study is undertaken voluntarily by students who wish to conduct original research in a close working relationship with one or more geology faculty members. (See also Honors in the Curriculum section of the Catalog). A 3.5 average upon completion of all courses in the major and the completed senior thesis chaired by a member of the geology faculty are both needed for the distinction of honors. The senior thesis course (Geology 489,490) may be taken regardless of a student’s average in the major if permission of a faculty member is obtained. Thesis work is expected to lead to a finished research project (thesis) for appropriate credit. The department wishes to encourage its students to consider a senior thesis as part of a capstone experience to their undergraduate program in geology. Senior thesis work should be undertaken only after careful discussion with faculty advisors in the department.

Guidelines for the thesis.

 

2014

Michele E. Goldberg - Modern Mixed Carbonate-Siliciclastic Depositional Environment of the Salem Bay, Jamaica.
Advisor: Dr. Husinec

Bryn W. Keenhold - Post-Glacial Signature of Fox Fen, Northwestern Adirondacks:  Correlation to Brandreth Bog and Ballston Lake, Adirondacks.
Advisor: Dr. Stewart

Roselyne C. Laboso - Weekly Monitoring of River Chemistry in St. Lawrence County, New York.
Advisor: Dr. Chiarenzelli

Thomas D. Lockwood - Facies Change Along the Margin of a Deep-Marine Terminal Splay, Neoproterozoic Windermere Supergroup, British Columbia, Canada.
Advisor: Dr. Husinec

Saddie R. Serviss - Chronology Development and Climate Response of Pinus Strobus L., Crooked Lake, Adirondacks, New York:  April Showers Bring Narrow Rings?
Advisor: Dr. Stewart

2013

Aaron Chesler - Juneau Icefield Model of Glacier Flow: Evidence for Adirondack Valley.
Advisor: Dr. Stewart

Peter A. Christoffersen - Deformation Structures of the Carthage-Colton Shear Zone (CCSZ) at Stone Valley, Colton, New York.
Advisor: Dr. Krantzman

Ashley K. Durham - Archean Volcanic and Sedimentary Sequence in the Tyrell Township in the Southern Superior Provice.
Advisor: Dr. Chiarenzelli

Samuel W. Lagor - The Transition from Coronitic Metagabbro to Garnetiferous Jamphibolite in Newcomb, Adirondack Mountains, New York - Implications for the Grenville Orogen
Advisor: Dr. Chiarenzelli

2012

Jake Colony - Dolomitization of the Upper Ordovician B and C uintervals of the Red River Formation, Williston Basin, North Dakota.
Advisor: Dr. Husinec

Emma A. Coronado - XRD analysis of sediment-core material as a provenance indicator of neogloacial activity in a high tropical setting of the Western Peruvian Andes.
Advisor: Dr. Stewart

Hannah L. Cowan - The paleobiology of Rafinesquina alternata.
Advisor: Dr. J. Mark Erickson

Krystyna M. Kornecki - Caenogastropoda from the Cannonball Formation (Paleocene), North Dakota, and their implications for paleobiogeography.
Advisor: Dr. J. Mark Erickson

2011

Benjamin Rendall - Records of New and Rare Echinoids from the Pierre Shale -- Fox Hills Transition (Late Cretaceous: Campanian-Maastrichtian) of the WIlliston Basin.
Advisor: Dr. J. Mark Erickson

2010

David Mosher - Geochemical, Textural, and Isotope Study of the Devonian Marcellus Shale.
Advisor: Dr. Chiarenzelli

Sean Regan - Magmatic evolution beneath Laurentia during Shawinigan Orogenesis: Southern Grenville Province, Adirondacks.
Advisor: Dr. Chiarenzelli

2009

Charles A. Harman - Aptian Platform—Interior Facies Stacking Patterns: Adriatic Platform, Croatia.
Advisor: Dr. Husinec

Michael E. O’Connor - An Investigation of the Geochemistry and Groundwater Quality in St. Lawrence County.
Advisor: Dr. Chiarenzelli

Rafferty J. Sweeney - Facies Cyclicity of Barremian Peritidal Deposits, Southern Adriatic Platform, Croatia
Advisor: Dr. Husinec

Michael Trumbower - Adirondack Lake Chemistry Revisited: What Changes Can We Observe Over the Last 20 Years?
Advisor: Dr. Chiarenzelli

2008

David M. Baker - Morphological Analyses of Mesas and Knobs in the Northwest Fretted Terrain: Deuteronilus Mensae Region, Mars
Advisor: Dr. Stewart

Evan J. Blumberg - Geochemical Characterization of Shale Samples from the Argillaceous Rock Atlas
Advisor: Dr. Chiarenzelli

Brian A. Congiu - An Investigation of the Water Quality of Lakes and Ponds in St. Lawrence and Franklin Counties in Northern New York State: Influence of Shoreline Development and Bedrock Geology
Advisor: Dr. Chiarenzelli

Anna S. Harrod - Geomorphic evidence of catastrophic flooding in northern New York
Advisor: Dr. Erickson

Wade Tyler Jones - Generation of skeletal sand and silt by bioerosion of bryozoan zoaria in the type Cincinnatian Series of Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana
Advisor: Dr. Erickson

Maggie Jane Simmons - Fossil chironomids (Diptera) as proxies for Early Holocene paleotemperatures at Glovers Pond, New Jersey
Advisor: Dr. Erickson 

Mathew J. Zabik - Inorganic Geochemistry and Drinking Water Quality of Groundwater in St. Lawrence County, New York
Advisor: Dr. Chiarenzelli

Katharine Zubin-Stathopoulos - Fossil chironomids (Diptera:Chironomidae) as paleo- environmental proxies describing the Allerød and Younger Dryas at Glovers Pond, New Jersey
Advisor: Dr. Erickson

2007

William Hackett - An examination of the changing geologic conditions in a valley of former solution brine mining fields - Tully Valley, New York.
Advisor: Dr. Robinson

Kyle Littlefield - Darcy’s Law - an investigation into operating principals and modern derivation.
Advisor: Dr. Robinson

Robert Menard - Postglacial drainage evolution of the Oswegatchie, Grass, Raquette, and St. Regis Rivers, St. Lawrence County, New York.
Advisor: Dr. Erickson

2006

Bradley Bardon - Investigating Quaternary sedimentation in Adirondack lakes using ground penetrating radar.
Advisor: Dr. Robinson

Kevin Emblidge - An investigation of Adirondack debris flows using GIS.
Advisor: Dr. Burns

Benjamin Meade -
Interpreting lacustrine sediments using ground penetrating radar in Black Lake, St. Lawrence County, New York.
Advisor: Dr. Robinson

Noah Noyes - Analysis of microhabitats and their associated oribatid mite assemblages at Glover’s Pond, New Jersey.
Advisor: Dr. Erickson

Camille Partin - Reconstruction of peatland succession from macrofossils in permafrost-affected peatlands in the Mackenzie River Valley, Canada.
Advisor: Dr. Robinson

Stephanie Peek - Evaluating the effectiveness of Flinn’s K-value and Lode’s ratio using the synthetic data and field data collected from the Weverton Quartzite, Harper’s Ferry, WV.
Advisor: Dr. Strine

Trisha Smrecak - A paleobotanical and biostratigraphic assessment of the eastern Hell Creek Formation, North Dakota.
Advisor: Dr. Erickson

2005

Travis Aubry - Multivariate analysis of unionoid mussel distributions in St. Lawrence lowland drainages with emphasis on local geology.
Advisor: Dr. Erickson

Matthew Burton-Kelly - An analysis of multiple trackways of Protichnites Owen, 1852, from the Potsdam sandstone (Late Cambrian) St. Lawrence Valley, New York.
Advisor: Dr. Erickson

Joanne Cavallerano - Extension of the Dead Creek distributary of the Missisquoi River, Lake Champlain, Vermont.
Advisor: Dr. Erickson

Jordan Davis - Subsurface investigation of the internal architecture of the Massawepie esker and possible geomorphic influences of the surrounding terrain.
Advisor: Dr. Robinson

John Rupp - Subsurface investigation of the peat-mineral soil contact of the esker-mire complex at Massewepie, Gale, New York.
Advisor: Dr. Robinson

Nathan Vogan - Palynological investigation of Massawepie mire, Gale, New York, as a climate proxy for the Holocene St. Lawrence Lowlands and Adirondack Highlands.
Advisor: Dr. Robinson

2004

Lucas Buckingham - Relationship Between Climae and Tree-ring Width for Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea) on Whiteface Mountain, New York.
Advisor: Dr. Robinson

Christopher W. Stevens - The Internal Structure of Relic Lacustrine Strandline Deposits, Northern New York.
Advisor: Dr. Robinson

2003

Edward J. Cavallerano - Implications of eye position for the evolution of flight.
Advisor: Dr. Erickson

Diana Odorczuk - Preliminary Hydrogeological Assessment of the Little River Drainage Basin on the Kip Tract, Canton, NY with a Comparison of Two Methods of Estimating Hydraulic Conductivity from Grain Size Analysis.
Advisor: Dr. Robinson

Daniel J. Peppe - Fox Hills I, A New Upper Maastrichtian Megafloral Zone Within the Williston Basin of North Dakota
Advisor: Dr. Erickson

Joshua P. Taylor - Origin and Subsequent Modification of K-Feldspar Megacrysts within the Gray’s School Body of the Hermon Gneiss, Adirondack Lowlands, New York.
Advisor: Dr. Bursnall

2001

Andrew Mare Solod - Fossil Moss Mites (Arthropoda: Oribatida) As Indicators Of The Younger Dry As Coooling Episode, Glovers Pond, Northwester, New Jersey.

2000

Carie V. Denesha - Petrological Analysis of a Conglomerate at Richvill, New York.
Advisor: Dr. Owen

Richard (Booth) Platt - Fossil Oribatid Mites (Arthropoda: Acari) as Proxies for Paleo-Habitat Interpretation, Hiscock Site (Late Pleistocene), Byron, New York
Advisor: Dr. Erickson

1999

Timothy Woodcock - A Taxonomic Study of the Genus Glyptocinus (Echoniodermatia: Glyptocrinidae) and Associated Genera.
Advisor: Dr. Erickson

David Waugh - Description and Functional Morphology of a Uniquely Complete Colony of Heterotrypa frondosa (Byozoa ) (Upper Ordovician: Maysvillian) from Ohio.
Advisor: Dr. Erickson

Bonnie (Swoger) Muller - Morphometric analysis of the Glacial Border in Western, NY in Relation to Study of a Proglacial Lake.
Advisor: Dr. Willemin

David Hisz - Preferential Migration Patter in the Black and Oswegatchie Rivers, New York.
Advisor: Dr. Willemin

Eric Deratzian - Experimental Development of Drainage Basins.
Advisor: Dr. Willemin

Timothy Creamer - The Quaternary History of the Snow Bowl, New York.
Advisor: Dr. Willemin

1998

Heather Scott Cunningham - A Paleotectonic Reconstruction of the Taconic Orogeny.
Advisor: Dr. Erickson

Sarah B. McElfresh (Zimmerman) - An Investigation of Venusian Coronae.
Advisor: Dr. Willemin

Graham B. Baird - New Stream Basin Analysis Technique Applied to the Smith River Basins, Oregon Coast, USA.
Advisor: Dr. Bursnall

Ryan Ackley - Reconstructing Pleistocene and Holocene Paleoclimate at Glovers Pond, New Jersey: A Stable Carbon and Oxygen Isotopes Analysis.
Advisor: Dr. Erickson