Dec 19, 2014
On Friday December 19, 2014 LSU held its 285th Commencement Exercises. The Department of Geology & Geophysics would like to congratulate the following students for completing their degrees:
Bryan Killingsworth, PhD
Advisor: Huiming Bao
"Untangling Earth system responses recorded in sulfate's sulphur and oxygen isotopes at the dawn of multicellular life and today"
Isil Akyuz, MS
Advisor: Sophie Warny
"Palynology of the Cretaceous Ferron-NOTOM Sandstone, Utah"
Chase Billeaudeau, MS
Advisor: Alexander Webb
"Preliminary Investigation of the Geometry and Kinematics of the Bangong-Jujiang Suture at the Basu Metamorphic Massif, SE Tibet"
Laura Sorey, MS
Advisor: Sam Bentley
"Paleoclimatology and Paleotempestology Study of the Blue Hole, Lighthouse Reef, Belize through Geochemical proxies"
Bachelor of Science Degree Recipients
Hussain Alqattan, University Medal Award Recipient for earning a perfect 4.0 GPA
Charles McGaw III
Good luck to all of our graduates on your future endeavors!!
Dec 15, 2014
Faculty and students in the Department of Geology & Geophysics will be a major force at the 2014 American Geophysical Union Conference in San Francisco this week. The department has a booth in the Academic Showcase located in the exhibit hall along with a wide variety of presentations, posters, and convened sessions given throughout the conference.MONDAY December 15
Nov 25, 2014
Congratulations to our Department Chair, Carol Wicks, on being named a Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Wicks was one of three LSU Faculty who were named to the list of Fellows for 2014.
The department of Geology and Geophysics at Louisiana State University invites applicants for graduate studies in both the MS and PhD programs. In particular, students interested in Geophysics, Palynology, and Antartic Climate & Ecology are being sought by our faculty. Click View More below to learn more about the application process and these opportunities.
On October 8, 2014 the Department of Geology & Geophysics held a ceremony dedicating one of the LSU campus live oaks endowed in memory of Dr. Arnold Bouma. Family, friends, and former students celebrated the moment recollecting stories of Arnold and remembering the impact he made during his 17 years at LSU. The ceremony was followed by a luncheon at the Club at Union Square. Special thanks to Erik Scott and Alan Brown for their work in making this event happen and to all the contributors who helped endow the oak.
Sep 15, 2014
Edward Lo (B.S. 2013) has had his undergraduate thesis research published in the journal Geo-Marine Letters. Ed worked alongside Dr. Sam Bentley for the study titled, "Experimental study of cohesive sediment consolidation and resuspension identifies approaches for coastal restoration: Lake Lery, Louisiana." Ed was recently selected a recipient of a Fulbright Award and plans to continue his future research interests in Brazil.
Jun 11, 2014
Dr. Karen Luttrell's research contributions to Hurwitz et al. has been featured in the May 27th issue of Eos. The article "Yellowstone geysers influenced by internal processes" details the study of 10 years of geyser eruption data of two Yellowstone geysers: "Old Faithful" and "Daisy".
May 30, 2014
Congratulations to Dr. J.R. Skok on winning a $368,000 grant from the NASA-ROSES-Mars Data Analyses Program. He will be using the funding to investigate the pre-Noachian crust of Mars. His compelling proposal on a novel idea serves as a major accomplishment especially at the federal level.
J.R. received his PhD from Brown University in 2012 and is a member of Dr. Suniti Karunatillake's planetary science lab.
May 06, 2014
A new species of tourmaline has been discovered by geologists in the Czech Republic and named “darrellhenryite” in honor of LSU Campanile Charities Professor of Geology Darrell Henry for his scientific contributions to the mineralogy and petrology of the tourmaline supergroup minerals. This new mineral species was discovered by geologists from the Czech Republic in a quarry at Nová Ves near Český Krumlov, Czech Republic. The mineral was further characterized by crystallographers from the University of Vienna and California Institute of Technology. To name a new species, the mineral has to be fully chemically and structurally characterized, and a new mineral proposal submitted to and accepted by a committee of the International Mineralogical Association. Although darrellhenryite was originally found in the quarry in the Czech Republic, other examples are likely to be found. Already there appears to an example of a green gemmy tourmaline from Maine that is probably darrellhenryite. The type material has been deposited in the collections of the Department of Mineralogy and Petrography of the Moravian Museum, Brno, Czech Republic and in the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Washington D.C.
Darrellhenryite from the type locality at Nová Ves, Czech Republic. Photo by Professor George Rossman of the California Institute of Technology.
Over the last 150 years there have been about 4000 species of minerals named. In most cases the species are named after places in which the species is discovered (e.g. elbaite after the island of Elba, Tuscany, Italy) or after some chemical characteristic (e.g. zincite after the high zinc content in the mineral). However, some species are named after geoscientists who have made significant contributions to the science of mineralogy and petrology. This is the case for the new mineral species darrellhenryite. In the published article describing the new mineral species it was stated that “the name is for Darrell J. Henry, Professor of Geology at the Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, USA, an expert on the mineralogy, petrology, crystal chemistry and nomenclature of tourmaline-supergroup minerals”. This honor is the first instance that a mineral was named after anyone from LSU.
A full desciption is found in: Novák, M., Ertl, A., Povondra, P., Galiová, M.V., Rossman, G.R., Pristacz, H., Prem, M., Giester, G., Gadas, P., and Škoda, R. (2013) Darrellhenryite, Na(LiAl2)Al6(BO3)3Si6O18(OH)3O, a new mineral from the tourmaline supergroup. American Mineralogist, 98(10), 1886-1892.
Apr 29, 2014
Dr. Sophie Warny, AASP Professor in the Center for Excellence in Palynology, will the featured speaker for the May 3, 2014 installment of Saturday Science. She will giving her talk: "Climate change, oil exploration, crime scene, and allergy: What is the common thread?".
Date: May 3, 2014
Location: 130 Nicholson Hall
Time: 10:00 - 11:15am
Saturday Science is an event aimed to bring high school students, teachers, and the community together to advance knowledge of many scientific areas. It is organized by the LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy. Click here for more information.
Apr 28, 2014
Apr 23, 2014
Geology & Geophysics junior James Smith has won 2nd place in the Undergraduate category at the 2014 State of the Coast Convention for his poster titled "Patterns of sediment accumulation over decadal time scales in the Breton Sound basin." James conducts research under the guidance of Dr. Sam Bentley. The convention took place March 18-20 in New Orleans.
Mar 25, 2014
The annual Rockstar Poster Competition was held on Friday March 21. Student research posters filled the Clarence Cazalot Atrium on topics ranging from Delta Evolution to Palynology to Sediment Flux. Rockstar provides student's with a formal way to present their research in a familiar setting. Students gain valuable experience discussing their research and learning more about effective communication both during the creation of the visual aspects of the poster and the discussion of the research.
Congratulations to the 2014 winners:
1st Suraj Bajgain: "Water speciation and properties of hydrous model basalt melt at high pressure"
2nd Madison Kymes: "Palynological evalution of Oligocene and Miocene sections from King George Island, Antartica"
3rd Adam Turner: "Developing U as a paleoredox proxy, modern analogs"
1st James Smith: "Patterns of sediment accumulation over decadal time scales in the Brenton Sound basin"
2nd Matthew Smith: "On the amount of sediment deposited in floodplains from the Mississippi River: A case study in Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge, Louisiana"
Tie 3rd Ingrid Eckhoff: "Kinematics of active surface salt structures in western China: field observations and topographic analysis"
Tie 3rd Shelby Johnston: "Low-temperature history of the Tethyan Himalayan Sequence, NW Himalaya"
Thank you to judges Bill Wischusen from the Department of Biological Sciences, Barb Dutrow of the Department of Geology & Geophysics, and James Geaghan of the Department of Experimental Statistics.
Mar 17, 2014
Dr. Brooks Ellwood, Robey H. Clark Professor in Geology, has been featured in the March issue of Earth. The article titled "Brooks Ellwood and the unusual applications of magnetism" captures the hunt for the grave of William "Wild Bill" Longley and how Dr. Ellwood creatively used magnetic susceptibility during the search.
Jan 02, 2014
Congratulations to our fall graduates!
Doctor of Philosophy in Geology
James Michael Crane
"Effects of Stress and Water Saturation on Seismic Velocity and Attenuation in Near Surface Sediments"
Advisor: Juan Lorenzo
Bachelor of Science:
Logan Michael Adams
George Sterling Caravella
Elizabeth Winn Ingram
Zachary Bose Kelly
Caven M. Kymes
Edward Limin Lo
Cameron Andrew McCulla
Andrew Raymond Morse
Oliver Joseph Navo
Eric Janssen Orphys
Stephen R. Osborne
Evan Joseph Roundtree
Andrew K. Webb
Craig Nicholas Zimmerman
Congratulations and good luck with your future discoveries!
Dec 09, 2013