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Highlights from NEGSA in Albany, NY, March 21-23, 2016

Another successful conference in the books – Geological Society of America’s Northeastern Section meeting in Albany, NY, March 21-23, 2016.

  • Will Ouimet (with co-chair Noah Snyder, Boston College) organized and led the successful session: “T26. PLEISTOCENE TO ANTHROPOCENE LANDSCAPE EVOLUTION IN THE NORTHEASTERN U.S.”, which contained the following presentations by group members:
    • “CHARACTERIZING LATE PLEISTOCENE AND HOLOCENE FLOOD DEPOSITS IN EASTERN CONNECTICUT”, by Thomas Schenck (co-authors Will Ouimet and Anjali Fernandes)…see Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 48, No. 2; doi: 10.1130/abs/2016NE-272715
    • “CHARCOAL REMAINS IN LITCHFIELD COUNTY CONNECTICUT RECORD WIDESPREAD HILLSLOPE DISTURBANCE IN THE IRON CORRIDOR FROM MID-18TH TO EARLY 20TH CENTURIES AND PRESENT DAY CARBON STORAGE”, by 2015-2016 Keck Connecticut undergrad student Mary Ignatiadis of Williams College (co-authors Will Ouimet, Kate Johnson and David Dethier)…see Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 48, No. 2; doi: 10.1130/abs/2016NE-272818
    • “STUDYING ANTHROPOCENE SEDIMENTATION BEHIND A 19TH-20TH CENTURY DAM IN WESTERN CONNECTICUT”, by 2015-2016 Keck Connecticut undergrad student Jia Kelleher of Mount Holyoke (co-authors Will Ouimet and Al Werner)…see Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 48, No. 2; doi: 10.1130/abs/2016NE-272164
    • “THE AFFECT OF LAND USE CHANGE ON STABLE ISOTOPE (δ13C AND δ15N) VALUES IN CONNECTICUT WETLANDS DURING THE HOLOCENE”, by 2015-2016 Keck Connecticut undergrad student Caitlin McManimon of Union College (co-authors David Gillikan, Will Ouimet, Michael Hren and Don Rodbell)…see  Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 48, No. 2; doi: 10.1130/abs/2016NE-272294
  • 2015-2016 Keck Connecticut and UConn Geosciences undergrad thesis student Chad Fagan (with co-authors Michael Hren and Will Ouimet) presented “AN ORGANIC MOLECULAR RECORD OF POST-GLACIAL CLIMATE AND FIRE OCCURRENCE IN A SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND WETLAND CORE” in session ‘T28. Records of Environmental Change from Lacustrine Archives’…see Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 48, No. 2; doi: 10.1130/abs/2016NE-272539
  • UConn Geosciences undergrad thesis student Nate Corcoran (with co-authors Will Ouimet and Matte Thomas) presented “ASSESSING COASTAL EROSION HAZARD VULNERABILITY IN CONNECTICUT” in session ‘T5. Marine and Terrestrial Coastal Mapping: Data, Discovery, and Science’…see Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 48, No. 2; doi: 10.1130/abs/2016NE-272078

 

Highlights from GSA in Baltimore, MD, Nov. 1-4, 2015

Our group had a successful showing recently at the Geological Society of America (GSA) National Meeting in Baltimore, MD.

  • Will Ouimet (with co-authors David Dethier, Kate Johnson, Maneh Kotikan and Will Wicherski) presented “QUANTIFYING 18TH TO EARLY 20TH CENTURY HUMAN IMPACTS ON HILLSLOPES AND SEDIMENT MOBILIZATION IN SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND AND COLORADO FRONT RANGE” in session ‘T9: Developing Proxies for Human Impact on Soil and Sediment Mass Transfer throughout the Holocene’
  • UConn PhD student Kate Johnson (with co-author Will Ouimet) presented “IMPACTS OF TERRAIN ROUGHNESS ON 18TH-20TH CENTURY LAND USE DISTRIBUTION AND SEDIMENT MASS TRANSFER IN SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND” in session ‘T9: Developing Proxies for Human Impact on Soil and Sediment Mass Transfer throughout the Holocene’
  • Williams College and Colorado Research colleague David Dethier (with co-authors Will Ouimet and Neil Shea) presented “FROM ROCK TO DUST: DENSITY CHANGES DURING THE TRANSFORMATION OF FRONT RANGE GRANITE TO SAPROLITE AND SOIL” in session ‘T57: Soil to Sediment—From Geologic to Modern Time Scales: A Session to Honor the Work of Milan Pavich’
  • 2014-2015 Colorado Keck student Will Wicherksi (with co-authors Will Ouimet, David Dethier and James Kaste) presented “FIRE AND FLOOD IN FOURMILE CANYON, COLORADO —ANALYZING THE GEOMORPHIC EFFECTS OF CATASTROPHIC EVENTS USING LIDAR AND FIELD STUDIES” in session ‘T54: Geomorphology and Hydrology of Wildland Fires’
  • 2014-2015 Colorado Keck student Greg Harris (with co-authors Mike Hren, Will Ouimet and David Dethier) presented “INVESTIGATING THE USE OF POLYCYCLIC AROMATIC HYDROCARBONS (PAHS) AS A PROXY FOR HOLOCENE FOREST FIRES ON THE COLORADO FRONT RANGE” in session ‘T54: Geomorphology and Hydrology of Wildland Fires (posters)’
  • Oberlin College and Eastern Tibet research colleague Amanda Schmidt (with co-authors Tom Neilson, Paul Bierman, Veronica Sosa-Gonzalez, Dylan Rood and Will Ouimet) presented “EFFECTS OF GRAIN SIZE AND MINERALOGY ON THE DISTRIBUTION OF FALLOUT RADIONUCLIDES 7BE, 10BE, 137CS, AND 210PB IN SEDIMENT” in session ‘T9: Developing Proxies for Human Impact on Soil and Sediment Mass Transfer throughout the Holocene’
  • UConn Geosciences colleague Robert Thorson (with co-authors Lisa Park-Boush, Patrick Getty and Will Ouimet) presented “FIVE PATHWAYS TO INTRODUCTORY GEOSCIENCE AT UCONN: A NEW MODEL” in session ‘T84: Practical Faculty-Related Issues & Trans-Disciplinary Pedagogical Strategies Associated with Classroom Transformation’

 

Megan McCusker Hill wins AAG Student Paper Award

Group member Megan McCusker Hill has received the AAG Geomorphology Specialty Group’s Doctoral Student Paper Award for her paper “Gullies as Markers of Holocene and Anthropocene Environmental Change in southern New England” at this years annual meeting in Chicago.  Congratulations Megan!

Check out some recent publications from the group!

*graduate student author; ^undergraduate student author

Hellmer^, M.C., Rios^, B.A., Ouimet, W.B., and Sibley^, T.R. (2015). Ice storms, tree throw, and hillslope sediment transport in northern hardwood forests. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. DOI: 10.1002/esp.3690 LINK

Foster*, M.A., Anderson, R.S., Wyshnytzky^, C.E., Ouimet, W.B., and Dethier, D.P. (2015). Hillslope lowering rates and mobile-regolith residence times from in situ and meteoric 10Be analysis, Boulder Creek Critical Zone Observatory, Colorado. Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 127; no. 5/6; p. 862–878; doi: 10.1130/B31115.1 LINK

Ouimet, W., Dethier, D., Bierman, P., Wyshnytzky^, C., Shea*, N., and Rood, D.H. (2015). Spatial and temporal variations in meteoric 10 Be inventories and long-term deposition rates, Colorado Front Range. Quaternary Science Reviews, 109, 1-12. LINK

Wyshnytzky^, C.E., Ouimet, W.B., McCarthy^, J., Dethier, D.P., Shroba, R.R., Bierman, P.R., and Rood, D.H. (2015). Meteoric 10 Be, clay, and extractable iron depth profiles in the Colorado Front Range: Implications for understanding soil mixing and erosion. CATENA, 127, 32-45. LINK

Rosenberg, R. ^, Kirby, E., Aslan, A., Karlstrom, K., Heizler, M. and Ouimet, W. (2015), Late Miocene erosion and evolution of topography along the western slope of the Colorado Rockies, GeoSphere Geosphere; August 2014; v. 10; no. 4, doi:10.1130/GES00989.1
 LINK

Enjoy!

Highlights from 2015 NEGSA in Bretton Woods, NH

Our group had a successful showing recently at the 2015 GSA Northeastern Section Meeting in Bretton Woods, NH!

Will Ouimet co-chaired a session “T12: Pleistocene to Anthropocene Landscape Evolution
in the Northeastern U.S.” with colleague Noah Snyder (Boston College), and students were involved in 4 talks:

  • Johnson, K., Ouimet, W. Raslan, Z., (2015), GEOSPATIAL AND LIDAR­BASED ANALYSIS OF 18TH TO EARLY 20TH CENTURY TIMBER HARVESTING AND CHARCOAL PRODUCTION IN SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND. Geological Society of America Northeastern Section Meeting. Breton Woods, NH
  • McCusker Hill, M. and Ouimet, W., (2015), SPATIAL ANALYSIS OF GULLY EROSION IN SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND. Geological Society of America Northeastern Section Meeting. Breton Woods, NH
  • Nicoulin, A. and Ouimet, W., (2015), BEDROCK KNICKPOINTS, RIVER TERRACES AND POST­GLACIAL INCISION IN SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND. Geological Society of America Northeastern Section Meeting. Breton Woods, NH
  • Wicherski, W., Dethier, D. and Ouimet, W. (2015). Geomorphic Effects of the September 2013 Flood in Fourmile Canyon, Colorado, Using Lidar and Field Studies. Geological Society of America Northeastern Section Meeting. Breton Woods, NH

…and one poster:

  • Belliveau, L. and Ouimet, W., (2015), SUSPENDED SEDIMENT LOADS IN THE TAIWAN STRAIT AND THE PHILIPPINE SEA IN RELATION TO TYPHOON ACTIVITY. Geological Society of America Northeastern Section Meeting. Breton Woods, NH

Great job everybody!

In the news…

Will Ouimet featured on Science for Average Joe Podcast.

Check it out here!

Highlights from GSA in Vancouver, BC Canada!

Our group had a successful showing last week at the Geological Society of America (GSA) National Meeting in Vancouver, BC Canada!

We were involved in 3 talks:

  • Ouimet, W., Dethier, D., Shea, N., Wyshnytzky, C. and Bierman, P., 2014, Meteoric 10Be, Hillslope Erosion and Landscape Evolution along the Colorado Front Range, Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 46, No. 6, p.241 LINK
  • Dethier, D., Ouimet, W., Kaste, J., Shea, N., Wyshnytzky, C. and Bierman, P., 2014, Application of meteoric 10Be, 137Cs and elemental profiles to studies of soil mixing and erosion—a Front Range perspective, Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 46, No. 6, p.241 LINK
  • Ouimet, W., Dethier, D., Kaste, J, Murphy, S., Purinton, B., Mondrach, H. and Abrahams, E., 2014, Characterizing Sediment Mobilization and Landscape Response to Wildfire and Extreme Flooding using Short-Lived Fallout Radionuclides 137Cs and 210Pb, Colorado Front Range, Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 46, No. 6, p.800 LINK

…and two posters:

  • Ouimet, W., Johnson, K. and Hill, M.M., 2014 Historical Archaeology, Historic Human-Environment Interactions, and Land-use Dynamics in southern New England using Aerial LiDAR, Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 46, No. 6, p.96 LINK
  • Samuels, R., Ouimet, W., Dethier, D., 2014, Geochemical Impacts of Legacy Mine Waste Contributions to Fourmile Canyon, Colorado, Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 46, No. 6, p.303 LINK

It was also great seeing research group alum Neil Shea (UConn GSCI MS, 2013) at the meeting.

Recent Graduates…

Congratulations to two group members who recently finished their theses and graduated from UConn!

Amberlee Nicoulin, who successfully finished and defended her Master Thesis, titled “Fluvial Terraces and Post-Glacial River Incision Along the Farmington and Housatonic Rivers in Southern New England“.  Amberlee now has a Masters of Science degree in Geological Sciences from UConn.

Sam Dow, who successfully completed and presented her B.A. Thesis: “Sedimentation Behind Conway Electric Dam, South River, Western Massachusetts“.  Sam now has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geological Sciences from UConn.

Nice job and thanks for all your hard work advancing the geomorphic study of southern New England.

Frank Magilligan (Dartmouth College), April 15-16th…

The group recently welcomed Frank Magilligan (Dartmouth College) to campus for the William Morris Davis Lecture.

WM_Davis_Lecture_Flyer

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Group Research showcased in UConn Today…

Check it out:

http://today.uconn.edu/blog/2014/02/hidden-new-england-landscape-comes-to-life/