Student/Faculty Research Collaboration
Several opportunities exist in the department for student to collaborate along with faculty in major research projects. These include:
- Dr. Wally Borowski, Geology
Dr. Borowski's research interests lie primarily with problems associated with fresh water streams, rivers and lakes, depositional enviroments and stratigraphy of Ordovician carbonates, and geochemical signals of methane and gas hydrates in marine sediments. For more information about Dr. Borowski's research, visit this YouTube video.
- Dr. Alice Jones, Environmental Geography
Dr. Jones is interested in research collaboratives dealing with such topics as watershed, distribution of high metals in streams, identification of apiculture sites on reclained mine lands, and many other projects that deal with how our enviroment is affected by human beings.
- Dr. John White, Igneous Petrology and Volcanology
Dr. White's research interests lie in alkaline magmatism, trace-element geochemistry, the geology of Pantelleria, Italy, and the geology of the East African Rift. He is currently conducting research on the subject of magma evolution in Pantelleria, Italy and similar volcanic centers. A local research interest for Dr. White is the origin of Kimberlite in Elliott County, Kentucky. To work with Dr. White on research projects, you will need to take GLY 309: Mineralology, show a keen interest in the subject area, and a strong work ethic.
- Dr. Kelly Watson, Geospatial Techniques and Landscape Ecology
Dr. Watson is involved in research on natural resource conservation and management. She is currently working on projects examining habitat parameters for the Eastern spotted skunk in Kentucky; wetland characterization in the Daniel Boone National Forest; and beekeeping as a livelihood strategy in East Africa. To work with Dr. Watson on research, students are encouraged to take courses in both GIS and remote sensing.
- Dr. Topher Hughes, Remote Sensing and Planetary Geology
Dr. Hughes is involved in research on the geologic evolution of Mars. He has worked on modelling the flow of paricles in volcanic plumes, characterizing the error in measurements of land surface temperatures from space, analyzing deforestation rates in the Amazon, and land use/cover change in Pennsylvania. To work with Dr. Hughes, students are encouraged to have some background in GIS or remote sensing, or an interest in planetary geology. If the phrase "computational geoscience" makes your heart go a-pitter-patter, you should definitely go see him.
- Dr. Don Yow, Weather and Climate
Dr. Yow's research applies statistical methods to analyze atmospheric data. Individual projects may focus on singular events, like a severe thunderstorm, or long-term events, such as drought or climate change. To work on research projects with Dr. Yow, students will need to take GEO 315: Meteorology.