Many of our students conduct research either with one of the professors in the geology dept., the Keck Geology Consortium, or at other national labs and NSF REU programs. Students conduct research during the summer, through independent studies during the year and through their theses. Students receiving funding assistance from the R. Preston Hawkins IV Geology Award; the Samuel J. Kozak-Odell S. McGuire-Edgar W. Spencer-Frederick L. Schwab Award; and the Frank G Young Award.
Note there is a thesis requirement of the BS degree in geology. The abstracts of the W&L Geology Theses over the years are quite varied.
Hal Hundley is studying experimental rock deformation of Cambrian-Ordovician carbonates from the valley and ridge of the Appalachians.
Liz Olson is studying beachrock along the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica in order to gain a better understanding of the history of beach morphology in the region as well as to assess the accuracy of current radiometric dating techniques of beachrock.
Karen Roth is using portable X-ray florescence to characterize the chemical composition of obsidian nodules collected in southwestern and western New Mexico, with the aim of establishing their inter-region, inter-site, and intra-site variability to facilitate the sourcing of obsidian archaeological artifacts.
Kendall Wnuk is studying how dynamic erosion affects intermontaine depositional basins in Northwest Argentina