Our geology students represented Clemson well at the 2018 Geological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, on November 4-7. Alexandra Staub, Hailey Mundell, and Stephanie Hibberts presented posters of their undergraduate research projects in front of an international audience of geoscience professionals at GSA. GSA is a professional society with the mission to advance geoscience research and discovery, service to society, stewardship of Earth, and the geosciences profession. It unites members from academia, government, business, and industry.
The students provide a brief description of their research below. Clicking the poster title will take you to their abstracts.
I used sediment cores from an incised inlet in Curacao, Lesser Antilles, to characterize the environmental changes that have occurred in the area.
My research was a quantum-mechanical study on Fe3+ spin ordering in the phase hollandite. Hollandite is a promising candidate for long-term storage of Cs-137, a common part of nuclear waste streams, and it is necessary to analyze all components of its structure to understand its properties in this application.
My GSA poster was about work I did this last summer in the Marshall Islands. I took underwater 360 imagery to create interactive content (websites, annotated images, videos, and 360 time lapse videos) as well as an activity for students in the Marshall Islands to learn about their coral reefs. The content created gives people the opportunity to virtually visit the Marshall Islands and connect to a location that is extremely vulnerable to climate change. Here is a link to one of the 360 videos I made: https://youtu.be/bpipbEkHH-A