Field Trip to Cuyahoga Valley NPBeautiful weather and local geology conspired to bring out nearly 100 students to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park on Sunday April 15. Students from the Stark Campus in Dr. Carrie Schweitzer’s Earth History class and the Kent Campus in Dr. Rod Feldmann’s Earth History class and the Earth History Laboratory sections run by Adina and Ovidiu Franţescu and Cristina Robins enjoyed the trip.Students examined weathering of headstones, stream erosion, and rock types and formation of ledges in the park. For many, it was their first trip and a great introduction to our National Park! See other Field Trips offered in undergraduate classes in Geology.
Mississippian-Pennslyvania Strata of West VirginiaThe students in the Department of Geology's upper division Sedimentology and Stratigraphy class had the opportunity to put what they learned in the classroom to practical use this weekend. With spectacular weather - and about one third of our majors in tow - Dr. Ortiz headed down to wild and wonderful West Virginia with his students to travel back in time and study geologic formations laid down under shallow marine and coastal conditions about 350 to 300 million years ago during the transition from the Mississippian to the Pennsylvanian Periods. Photo by Sean Hunter. See other Field Trips offered in undergraduate classes in Geology.
Mississippian-Pennslyvania Strata of West Virginia
Students had the opportunity to integrate what they learned in Earth Materials, Invertebrate Paleontology and Structural Geology as they identified geologic formations, found fossil plants and animals and study erosive formation boundaries between sedimentary strata generated by the tectonic forces of continental collision. Photo by Sean Hunter. See other Field Trips offered in undergraduate classes in Geology.
Mississippian-Pennslyvania Strata of West Virginia
New River Gorge as seen from Grandview Overlook, West Virginia. Photo by Joseph Ortiz. See other Field Trips offered in undergraduate classes in Geology.
Paleontology Field Trip
With beautiful April weather, Professors Rod Feldmann and Carrie Schweitzer lead paleontology students to Caesar Creek (Ordovician), Oakes Quarry (Silurian), and East Quarry (Devonian) to collect fossil specimens and map quadrats. See other Field Trips offered in undergraduate classes in Geology.
Department of Geology
On March 19 Carrie Schweitzer received the
Outstanding Research and Scholar Award
at Kent State University.
Dr. Schweitzer is an internationally recognized expert in decapod crustaceans and a prolific scholar – having already published over 120 technical books and papers. Her research in Paleontology centers around systematics and biogeography. Carrie has worked diligently to develop new ways of using the morphology of the preservable remains of crabs and other decapods to ferret out phylogenetic relationships. Congratulations Carrie!
Postdoctoral Researcher in Organic Biogeochemistry
The Department of Geology at Kent State University seeks to hire a postdoctoral researcher in organic biogeochemistry for a two-year term to begin by May 1, 2013. Click here to download the PDF.
The Department of Geology at Kent State University offers four-year programs leading to the Bachelor of Science, B.S. Environmental Geology Concentration and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Geology as well as the Bachelor of Arts in Earth Science. Students can also pursue graduate study leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Geology. The atmosphere within the department is personalized and informal with major emphasis placed on teaching as well as on research. Most undergraduate major classes are small (10-30 students). Close faculty-student relationships are established by participation in various field trips and several annual student-faculty social events, including the fall picnic and the spring banquet.
Colloquium is held Fridays at 1:15 pm in room 234 McGilvrey Hall. Click here for our current schedule.
The Kent State University Scholarships for Broadening Participation in the Sciences will annually provide 21 undergraduate scholarships, averaging $5,000 each to promising science students.
Applications being accepted beginning in early Spring 2013 for STEM research experiences for undergraduates for the academic year 2013/14. For more scholarship opportunities, search Pathways to Science for opportunities to do research at the undergraduate level, here and abroad. The Institute for Broadening Participation in the STEM sciences offers free online search tools to encourage minority participation in STEM sciences.
WKSU Radio Interview with Dr. Joseph Ortiz - Exploradio: Arctic ice and global warming
New Student Bulletin Fall 2012
Congratulations to Dr. Joseph Ortiz for his recent publication in Nature Geoscience: "1,500-year cycle in the Arctic Oscillation identified in Holocene Arctic sea-ice drift", a discussion of the article , and the NSF news release
Congratulations to our faculty receiving new grant funding:
"Bridging the Conceptual Divide Between Theoretical and Applied Environmental Chemistry" Griffith, Jefferson, Ortiz and Dees.
"Diversity in Fossil Decapod Crustacea Based Upon a Unique Species-Level Database" Schweitzer and Feldmann.