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Wentao CaoWe welcome Dr. Wentao Cao to the department this fall as a Lecturer in Mineralogy and Petrology. He hails from the University of Iowa, where he earned his Ph.D.

His research interests are in tectonics, metamorphic petrology, and structural geology. He has done fieldwork in the eastern Tibetan Plateau, South China and Greenland, among other places.

Dr. Cao has done work in  the partial melting of high-grade metabasites, the development of retrograde textures, metallogenesis, and is interested in the field-based study on regional geology.

This semester, he is teaching Mineralogy (GEO 411) and Minerals and Rocks (GEO 215).

He has already survived his first faculty meeting and is in the throes of organizing the Mineralogy field trip!

Jamila Smith Poster Figure 6.Sophomore Jamila Smith spent her summer conducting research with Dr. Colleen Dalton and Dr. Timothy Herbert of Brown University's Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences. Jamila was selected for the Summer Research - Early Identification Program through The Leadership Alliance.

She presented her work with Drs. Dalton and Herbert, "A Gassy Earth Makes for Carbon Rebirth: Investigating the Effects of Plate Tectonics on Climate Change by Measuring Seafloor Spreading Rates," at the Leadership Alliance National Symposium. Congratulations, Jamila!

News from the 2016 - 2017 Academic Year

Wow! We have 20 new students in the Department of Geology and Environmental Sciences. Welcome aboard! Eleven have declared majors in Geology, Earth Science, and Earth Science Education. Nine have declared majors in Environmental Sciences. They are, not surpisingly, an interesting group.

They hail from as far away as Barbados to as close as Brocton and Forestville. Many are freshmen, but some are upperclassmen who have transferred to Fredonia. Some have traveled the world and some are Fredonia athletes. Others are musicians and avid hikers. Some value napping when they can, some are actually morning people and one makes an awesome Tiramisu. Photography, frisbee, biking, boarding, and sports, in general, keep them grounded during their down time. One is mistaken as the relative of a celebrity!

Freshman Seminar GEO | ESCIOur incoming students all have a common interest in enjoying the outdoors. We should be able to keep them busy with field trips to meet that interest - from the black shales at Point Gratiot to the vineyards of Portland to green architecture in Buffalo - we all agree... Earth Rocks!

During the 2015 - 2016 academic year, the Department was host to 3 Geophysics students from Brazil. They have now moved on to research positions, but we continue to stay in touch. From left to right: Everaldo Barros Xavier and Caique Pinheiro de Carvalho are digitizing well logs and processing seismic lines in the Applied Geophysics Lab in the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences at Wright State University. Victor Salles is a research intern with Harvard University's Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences. (Originally posted August 2016)

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GGL & Yiwen JuDr. Gary Lash hosted Dr. Yiwen Ju of the University of Chinese Academy of Science (UCAS) and his colleagues in May to collect samples from the black shale units in western New York for analysis in Beijing. Dr. Ju and his team are interested in similarities between the Middle and Upper Devonian black shale deposits of the Appalachian Basin and basin deposits in China. Dr. Lash has been invited to Beijing as a visiting professor at the UCAS. (Originally posted May 2016)

Sierra Kaufman & Brittany O'BrienSierra Kaufman (left) has been accepted into the Ph.D. program in Planetary Geology at Brown University. Brittany O'Brien (right) has received a GSA/ExxonMobil Field Camp Scholar Award and begins work on her graduate degree in Geographic Information Science at the University at Buffalo this Fall. (Originally posted May 2016)


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