Featured Students and Alumni
Student Photo Contest
Cathedral Beach, Spain, Amy Cox, 2018 Geology Student Photo Contest Winner
Perito Moreno Glacier, Southern Patagonia, Evin Maguire, 2017 Geology Student Photo Contest Winner
Mt. Fuji, Japan, Kyle Tobias, 2016 Geology Student Photo Contest Winner
Nick Manning awarded 2019 John F. Hall Senior Award from the Northern Ohio Geological Society (NOGS)
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 Graduate 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 CO2 from 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.