Science Honors Scholar Abigail Health

Abigail is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in geology with a minor in philosophy at LSU. She graduated from Franklin High School in Franklin, NH with a 3.59/4.0 GPA, Honors and NH Scholars recognition. In 2013, she earned first place in biology for her research at the NHSEE State Science Fair. Her extra-curricular activities include Geology Club, treasurer for the LSU International Relations Club, parliamentarian and photography and non-fiction editor for the Fusion Review. Her research and personal interests include glacieology, environmental policy, oceanic geology, hydrology, Arabic language, travel, writing, painting, karate and archaeology.

Currently, Abigail is developing her Honors thesis project in which she will examine the effects of bioturbation on age-dating of cores taken from the Ross Sea region of Antarctica. She is also an undergraduate assistant researcher in Dr. Brooks Ellwood’s Geoarchaeology lab, where she uses a magnetic spectrometer to measure the magnetism of rocks from all over the world – data, which increases the accuracy of age-dating in rocks. Abigail also works under the guidance of Dr. Wei-Hsung Wang measuring radiation of test samples from various locations all over the world in a gamma spectrometer to better understand the past environmental make-up of these regions.

Last semester, she worked on an independent research project with Dr. Sam Bentley where she created a stratigraphic map of a region of the Mississippi delta with the hope of better understanding how this region would react geologically to a diversion of the Mississippi River to this area.  She presented her research at the LSU Undergraduate Research Conference and earned second place in the physical sciences category for her work. Her project also led to a second author credit on the master’s thesis of Jeff Bomer, LSU. She spent this past summer working with a former MEGS geologist to map evidence of the most recent glacial movements through the Squam Range in NH using GPS and topographic maps.

Since 2012, Abigail has worked with the NH state archaeologist, Dr. Dick Boisvert, on summer and autumn archaeological digs and winter lab cataloging in the White Mountains, recovering 12,000 year old Paleo Indian hunting sites and migration paths in this region to better understand New England’s landscape and human presence in the Younger Dryas period; she is certified as a survey technician and excavation technician I and II.  After she obtains her master’s degree, Abigail hopes to either work for the government writing environmental policy to help make the country more environmentally-conscious, research solutions to the issue of clean, fresh water or Oceanic environmental issues related to glaciation with the United States Geological Survey or National Geographic, or work for NASA to find resources on other planets, or to explore other planets.