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Geology’s Don Barber Quoted in Baltimore Sun Article on Rip Tides

Posted August 28, 2014

Associate Professor of Geology Don Barber was quoted by The Baltimore Sun for an article on the dangerous rip tides that have been occurring at Maryland beaches this summer. According to the article, 850,000 cubic yards of sand from offshore were pumped across the beaches this spring but no storms came through soon after to redistribute […]

State-of-the-Art Geochemistry Lab Serves Students, Faculty and Visiting Scientists

Posted July 10, 2014
Clair Johnson

When Carie M. Frantz wanted to study the chemical makeup of stromatolites from Wyoming to better understand the environment of the area during the warmest period of the Cenozoic Era, she knew she’d have to conduct her research in a lab with state-of-the art equipment, specifically an Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (ICP-MS). Frantz, who […]

NSF Funding Allows Geology Chair Arlo Weil and Students to Study Andes Mountains

Posted April 30, 2014

Professor Arlo Weil, chair of the Geology department, and long-time colleague Adolph Yonkee of Weber State University have received approximately $325,000 in funding from the National Science Foundation that will allow them to study the tectonic and deformation history of the portion of the Andes mountains found in Argentina. Much of the funding from the […]

Bryn Mawr Students and Alumnae Present Research at National Geology Conference

Posted November 14, 2013

Bryn Mawr students Danyelle Phillips ’14, Emily Garcia ’14, and Nancy Toure ’15 and Haverford student Abby Fullen joined Assistant Professor Pedro Marenco at the Geological Society of America’s national meeting in Denver, Colo., last month. Alumnae Julie Griffin ’11 and Anna Woodson ’12 also presented research at the conference. The students gave poster presentations […]

Bryn Mawr Geologists and Students Study the Causes of Key Biodiversity Event

Posted May 2, 2013
Marenco article

After looking to better understand Earth’s most devastating mass extinction, Assistant Professor of Geology Pedro Marenco and his students have now turned to a period in which life flourished dramatically. “Contrasting long-term global and short-term local redox proxies during the Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event: A case study from Fossil Mountain, Utah, USA” is the second […]

Geology Students and Professor Explore Arctic Sea Floor

Posted October 18, 2012

Last fall Evan Rivers was a sophomore who had planned on being a chemistry major but was thinking about switching to Geology. At the same time, Kelsey Meisenhelder, a Haverford student majoring in Geology at Bryn Mawr, was spending a semester in Hawaii, led by her interest in volcanoes. An article on Bryn Mawr’s website […]

Bryn Mawr Geology Team’s Experiment in NASA’s Reduced Gravity Flight Program Chronicled in New Video

Posted September 13, 2012

As we reported in July, a team of six geology majors and their faculty adviser, Assistant Professor Selby Cull, were in Houston this summer taking part in NASA’s Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program, in which student researchers are able to do experiments in near-zero gravity aboard a specially modified Boeing 727 that’s been dubbed “The […]

Geology Majors Test “Martian Soil” With NASA Microgravity Program

Posted July 26, 2012
Left to right: Christina, Alice, Mary, Hannah, Simona, Danyelle

A team of six geology majors and their faculty advisor, Assistant Professor Selby Cull, were in Houston this month taking part in NASA’s Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program, in which student researchers are able to do experiments in near-zero gravity aboard a specially modified Boeing 727 that’s been dubbed “The Vomit Comet.”

Making up the team was Alice Clark ’12, Simona Clausnitzer ’14, Hannah Gatz-Miller ’12, Christina Lee ’12, Danyelle Phillips ’14, Mary Schultz ’12, and Anna Woodson ’12. Woodson was unable to travel to Houston.

Geology Chair’s Research on Curved Mountain Ranges Featured in Geological Society’s Monthly Magazine

Posted July 26, 2012

Bryn Mawr Geology Chair Arlo Weil is featured on the cover of the July edition of GSA Today, the Geological Society of America’s monthly science and news magazine. Weil’s ongoing research to try to unravel the mystery of bended mountain ranges is the subject of the magazine’s lead article, “Buckling an Orogen: The Catabrian Orocline.”

Geology Professor and Students Look for Clues to Understanding Environment Following Mass Extinction

Posted July 24, 2012

New research findings by Assistant Professor of Geology Pedro Marenco–aimed at understanding the environment following Earth’s most dramatic mass extinction–will appear in the August print edition of Geology and are now available online.

New Geochemistry Lab Allows Faculty and Students to Complete Cutting-Edge Research in a Liberal-Arts Setting

Posted March 8, 2012

Bryn Mawr’s new Geochemsitry Lab Suite brings the latest technology to students and faculty as they work to unlock answers to everything from climate change to the Earth’s most severe known extinction event.

Geologist’s Grant Offers Bryn Mawr Students Several Research Opportunities, Including a Trip to the Arctic

Posted November 17, 2011

Two Bryn Mawr students will have the chance to join Geology Lecturer Lynne Elkins on a trip to the waters north of Iceland next summer as Elkins and her fellow researchers try to better understand volcanic activity in the area. The researchers plan to explore the mechanisms driving the production of new ocean crust occurring […]

Bryn Mawr Research Associate Katherine Marenco Attends White House Event Announcing New Family-Friendly NSF Initiative

Posted October 6, 2011

Bryn Mawr College Research Associate Katherine N. Marenco joined First Lady Michelle Obama, fellow researchers and scientists, university presidents and administrators, heads of various scientific organizations, and others at the White House last week for an event marking the announcement of the National Science Foundation Career-Life Balance Initiative. The initiative implements across all NSF programs […]

New Bryn Mawr Geologist Part of Team That Finds Evidence of Water on Mars

Posted August 5, 2011

New Assistant Professor of Geology Selby Cull is among the researchers making headlines for a just-released article in the journal Science on the possibility of water on Mars. The news has been reported by most major media outlets world-wide. Below is the ABC News coverage of the research. For more on Bryn Mawr’s Geology Department, […]

Former Roommates Meet Again as Goldwater Scholar, Honorable Mention

Posted April 23, 2010
photo of Samantha Wood

When Bryn Mawr’s Office of Residential Life made room assignments to first-year students in the fall of 2007, it had no way of knowing how much scientific talent it was concentrating in room 411 of Brecon Hall. Now the two former occupants of that room, Samantha Wood and Sarah Christian, are the winner and an […]

Geology Chair Receives Grant to Study the Evolution of the Rocky Mountains

Posted February 12, 2010
photo of Wyoming landscape

Geology Chair Arlo Weil recently received a $230,000, three-year grant from the National Science Foundation to study the evolution of the Rocky Mountains in Wyoming. The research will take place in central Wyoming. It builds upon work done by Weil and co-principal investigator Adolph Yonkee, of Weber State University, over the past six years in […]

Geologist Arlo Weil wins grant to study curved mountain ranges

Posted June 3, 2009

Associate Professor Arlo Weil, chair of the geology department, and colleagues from the University of Victoria and Spain’s Salamanca University recently received an International Geoscience Programme (IGCP) award to study curved mountain ranges around the world. Read more»

Bryn Mawr in the Media: Nature Geoscience

Posted April 3, 2009

January 2009 marked the first anniversary of the launch of Nature Geoscience. To celebrate, the journal has put together its favorite articles from the first 12 issues. Among the articles chosen is Self-subduction of the Pangaean global plate, which was co-authored by Geology Chair Arlo Weil. Weil’s research was also featured in a September Bryn […]

Q&A: Geology Department’s Lynne Elkins on Volcanoes

Posted March 25, 2009

Alaska’s Mt. Redoubt has started to send plumes of ash and steam thousands of feet into the air. And if the volcano stays true to its past history, it could cause havoc for area residents for some time, affect the local oil industry, and disrupt flight paths. We asked geologist Lynne Elkins, whose research focuses […]

Bryn Mawr in the Media: All Things Considered

Posted January 22, 2009
Assistant Professor of Geology Chris Oze

NPR’s All Things Considered interviews Assistant Professor of Geology Chris Oze for a piece about the recent discovery of methane gas plumes on Mars and speculation that this may be a sign of life.

Geologists, students travel to Spain, return with photos

Posted October 28, 2008

Students and faculty of the Bryn Mawr Geology Department spent Fall Break visiting the mountains of the Iberian Peninsula, where Department Chair Arlo Weil has been involved with groundbreaking research on the breakup of the Pangea supercontinent. Sixteen students and faculty members atop the ancient lower crust of North America, which was transferred to Europe (here, […]

Bryn Mawr geologist’s new theory looks to explain the breakup of the Pangaea supercontinent

Posted September 25, 2008
A map of Pangaea, illustrating the Paleo-Tethys sea (Image: Wikimedia Commons/Kieff)

This summer Associate Professor of Geology Arlo Weil and his colleagues published a groundbreaking report offering a new explanation of the process by which the supercontinent Pangaea broke apart and ultimately gave shape to many of today’s mountain ranges and other major geographic features. “Pangaea was this nice stable supercontinent. The question is, ‘Why did […]

Soil science in wine country: probing the mystery of terroir

Posted August 14, 2008

For centuries wine makers have understood the importance of terroir—or the combination of soil, climate, and geography that gives the grapes of particular regions their distinct qualities—in making great wine. But there remains to this day a great deal of controversy as to just what terroir really means and what environmental factors make the difference […]

Bryn Mawr in the Media: Nature Geoscience

Posted July 6, 2008

Associate Professor of Geology Arlo Weil co-authored “Self-subduction of the Pangaen Global Plate,” which appears on the Nature Geoscience Web site in advance of its publication in the next issue of the journal.