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Four Graduate Students Receive Geological Society Research Grants

May 2, 2014 — Four graduate students from the Department of Geology and Geophysics recently received research grants from the Geological Society of America:
Matthew Dunlop (PhD candidate), “Magma recharge and igneous layering processes in the Dufek layered mafic igneous intrusion, Pensacola Mountains, Antarctica”. Mat is working on a spectacular suite of 900 oriented samples collected from the bottom 600m of the 1.7km high Dufek Massif during the 2007 UW expedition to Antarctica. (Advisor Mike Cheadle).
Robert Mahon (PhD candidate), "Linking fluvial flow conditions, bed morphodynamics and bed set geometries: Flume experiments and field application to the Jurassic Kayenta Formation, Utah, Colorado and Arizona." Robert’s fieldwork will involve basin-scale paleohydraulic reconstructions and be conducted across the Colorado Plateau region over the next two summers. (Advisor, Brandon McElroy).
Connor Marr (MS candidate), “Detachment Fault Dynamics at the World’s Deepest Mid-Ocean Ridge”. Connor is working on spectacular fault rocks recovered from the Mid Cayman Rise, and has already participated in a submersible expedition last August. (Advisors Barbara John & Mike Cheadle).
Rose Pettiette (MS candidate), “Formation of Fast-Spreading Lower Oceanic Crust at the East Pacific Rise”. Rose will soon be off to Stanford University to use the Ion Probe to date and characterize zircons in order the place age constraints on the growth of oceanic crust. (Advisor Barbara John).
The primary role of the GSA research grants program is to provide partial support of master's and doctoral thesis research in the geological sciences for graduate students enrolled in universities in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Central America.

Matthew Dunlop Robert Mahon Connor Marr Rose Pettitte
Matthew Dunlop Robert Mahon Connor Marr Rose Pettiette

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