Featured Students and Alumni

Student Photo Contest

Bryce Canyon, Utah

Bryce Canyon, Utah, Zack Loffer, 2019 Student Photo Contest Winner

Cathedral Beach, Spain, Amy Cox, 2018 Geology Student Photo Contest Winner

Perito Moreno Glacier, Southern Patagonia, Argentina

Perito Moreno Glacier, Southern Patagonia, Evin Maguire, 2017 Geology Student Photo Contest Winner

Mt. Fuji, Japan, Kyle Tobias, 2016 Photo Contest Winner 

Mt. Fuji, Japan, Kyle Tobias, 2016 Geology Student Photo Contest Winner


Alum Dr. Dulcinea Avouris awarded the Elsevier Early Career Scientist Award for 2019

Dr. Avouris's paper "Validation of 2015 Lake Erie MODIS image spectral decomposition using visible derivative spectroscopy and field campaign data" has been identified as outstanding by the editors of Journal of Great Lakes Research, so you have been awarded the Elsevier Early Career Scientist Award for 2019 which includes a cash prize of US$750. You can read the paper here

PhD Candidate Md Abu Raihan Chowdhury Wins National Award

Geology PhD candidate Md Abu Raihan Chowdhury is the 2020 recipient of the Mineralogical Society of America's Grant from the Edward H. Kraus Crystallographic Research Fund. The award is $5000 for research expenditures. Raihan's proposal is entitled "The role of mineral surface coatings on colloids in controlling metal transport in acid mine drainage-impacted areas."

The Mineralogical Society of America's Grant for Research in Crystallography is funded by the Edward H. Kraus Crystallographic Research Fund with contributions from MSA members and friends. The grant awards up to $5,000 for research in the field of mineralogical crystallography. This grant targets projects within the areas of mineralogy, crystal chemistry, petrology, mineral physics, biomineralization, and geochemistry that can employ a variety of crystallographic, spectroscopic, analytical, and computational techniques.


Nick Manning awarded 2019 John F. Hall Senior Award from the Northern Ohio Geological Society (NOGS)

Nick Manning Nick Manning is an Honors Geology and Environmental Studies double major with an interest in Environmental Policy. Beyond course work, Nick has participated in two separate research projects, one with Dr. Singer which combined laboratory and field-based methods to help constrain the mechanism by which contaminants are released into soils and waterways. Nick developed a method to extract colloids from contaminated soils, which he analyzed using a suite of solid phase characterization techniques. His other project with Dr. Ortiz involved using VPCA analysis to determine the impact of primary contaminants in Euclid Creek, which flows into Lake Erie, just northeast of Cleveland. In recognition of his high standards and excellence, Nick was elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa in spring 2018 as a junior. 

Alumna Hannah Schlaerth receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Recent Geology Alumna Hannah Schlaerth (BS 2018), now a PhD student at the University of Southern California, was awarded a prestigious NSF Hannah Schlaerth researchGraduate Research Fellowship to tackle two of society's biggest challenges: urban air pollution and climate change. With less vegetation and more built surfaces that absorb solar radiation, urban regions are hotter than surrounding rural areas (a phenomenon known as the Urban Heat Island [UHI] effect). Urbanization thus imposes heat stress that threatens the health and well-being of urban residents. Simultaneously, urban areas have high concentrations of aerosols due to emissions from vehicles, power production, and manufacturing facilities. These aerosols can either offset the UHI by reflecting solar radiation and increasing cloud reflectance or can increase warming by absorbing solar radiation. In turn, the UHI can impact aerosol distributions through changes in atmospheric ventilation and phase-partitioning of semi-volatile species. Hannah's research aims to quantify these interactions by pairing a variety of aerosol measurement techniques with climate-chemistry models. Current research in these two disciplines is siloed, yet understanding how atmospheric aerosols interact with the UHI is pertinent to improving quality of life for vulnerable urban populations. Hannah's current research measures black carbon, a carcinogenic aerosol that causes climate warming, and COfrom ship exhaust in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Her research will go to the California Air Resource Board for a cancer risk assessment and will help inform future emissions regulations.