Comps, honors papers, and prize-winning works of the Geology Department are featured here. All works have been self-submitted by the student authors. Descriptive information about each work is available to search or browse. Access to the full text of the works is limited to current Carleton affiliates with faculty permission. Learn more about how to submit your work and how to request access to the full text of works.

In addition to this digital archive, physical copies of the Geology Department comps from 1972 to the present are available at Gould Library, though the most recent year may not be available yet. Comps from the years 2003 to 2006 are available on CD-ROM in the College Archives.


Submissions from 2019

Nicholas Almonte, Age and provenance of the Upper Cretaceous Valdez Group turbidites, Northern Prince William Sound, Alaska, 2019, Geology (GEOL)

Matthew Carter, Promising Methods, Questionable Results: Developing an Inverse Model of the Fossil Ridge-Transform Intersection in the Troodos Ophiolite in Cyprus, 2019, Geology (GEOL)

Aaron Frankl, The Intersection of River Channelization, Soil Properties, and Agriculture: A Case Study of Mud Creek in Northfield, Minnesota, 2019, Geology (GEOL)

Benton Franklin, Lateral Variability and Biodiversity of the Permian Park City Group, Utah and Eastern Nevada, 2019, Geology (GEOL)

Quentin Hirsch, Tropical Cambrian Ice: Petrographic Study and Oxygen Isotope Composition of Carbonates from Clumped Isotope Thermometry, 2019, Geology (GEOL)

Sophie Homans, Using astrochronolgy to constrain the age of the Late Cretaceous Inoceramid Extinction Event in Gubbio, Italy, 2019, Geology (GEOL)

Alysala Malik, U-Pb dating of detrital zircon from turbidites of the Chugach and Prince William terranes, Alaska: Implications for the significance of the Contact fault system as a terrane boundary, 2019, Geology (GEOL)

Kevin Murphy, Timber harvesting intensity and channel head distance-to-ridge in Elk River, California, 2019, Geology (GEOL)

Sarah Ogle, Atmospheric River Families and their Relationship to Landslides in Washington State, 2019, Geology (GEOL)

Sylvie Polonsky, Ceramic Applications of two Rice County Clays, 2019, Geology (GEOL)

Rum Ravi, Biotic and Abiotic Sulfide Oxidation: The Use of Elemental Sulfur Particles as Biomarkers, 2019, Geology (GEOL)

Kaitlin Schaible, Mapping the floor of Lake Powell: Preliminary discussion of CHIRP data along the San Juan Sediment Delta, 2019, Geology (GEOL)

Austin Sorscher, Precariously Balanced Rocks in Northern Utah: Applications for finding ground acceleration constraints along the Wasatch fault zone, 2019, Geology (GEOL)

Sara Wall, Characterization of a Runoff-initiated Post-fire Debris Flow in the Western Cascades, Oregon: Implications for high severity fire in the Pacific Northwest, 2019, Geology (GEOL)

Sarah Ward, Textural Characteristics of Pumice from a Postglacial Plinian Eruption at Laguna del Maule, Southern Chile: Implications for Magma Ascent Dynamics, 2019, Geology (GEOL)

Submissions from 2018

Aidan Warner Burdick, aleoecological phytolith investigation of anthropogenic vegetation change in Umstead State Park, North Carolina, 2018, Geology (GEOL)

Jonas Tyler Donnenfield, Recent paleoceanographic history of the San Diego margin, California: A benthic foraminiferal perspective, 2018, Geology (GEOL)

Megan Amanda Harder, Petrography and Geothermobarometry of Calc-Silicate Rocks from the Ruby Range, SW Montana, 2018, Geology (GEOL)

Konrad Jens Krogstad, Characterization of corrosion of simulated ancient glasses following variable temperature product consistency tests, 2018, Geology (GEOL)

Peter Carl Lindquist, Deformation bands in the Etchegoin Formation sandstone: Triaxial deformation experiments and implications for principal stress directions in central California, 2018, Geology (GEOL)

Emma Grace Link, Geomorphologic controls on active layer characteristics in the Alaskan Arctic and their implications for studies utilizing latitudinal temperature gradients, 2018, Geology (GEOL)

Lauren Esther Michael, Using ground penetrating radar (GPR) to image the Bald Spot: A test of concept for the use of GPR in Carleton geology classes, 2018, Geology (GEOL)

Mallory Laura Mintz, Tracing Sediment Source Response to Water Infrastructure Development and Management in Medicine Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Montana, 2018, Geology (GEOL)

Chris Wesley Parsons, Reconstructing the History of the Proliferation of Genes involved in the Biological Nitrogen Cycle, 2018, Geology (GEOL)

Kaya Seneca Stitzhal, Groundwater Contribution to Cowling Arboretum Wetlands, 2018, Geology (GEOL)

Eliza May Thomas, Bank stability of Spring Creek, Northfield, Minnesota, between 1999 and 2017: A comprehensive analysis of natural bank recovery after substantial flooding, 2018, Geology (GEOL)

Preston Rivers Wallin, Analysis of spring hydrology using temperature and isotope data at the Caribou River in Lake County, Minnesota, 2018, Geology (GEOL)

Submissions from 2017

Josephine Li Arcuri, Why are lakes expanding in the Mississippi River Deltaic Plain?, 2017, Geology (GEOL)

Peter Alexander Barron, Monitoring the Fate of Artificial Reefs: Using Hydrographic Methods to Examine Degradation and Movement, 2017, Geology (GEOL)

Sam Blackburn, Controls on Microbial Respiration in the Sandy Beach Face at Cape Henlopen, DE, 2017, Geology (GEOL)

Pete C. Boerma, The Formation of Basaltic Amygdules in the North Shore Volcanics Group, 2017, Geology (GEOL)

Kyra Bornong, Development of Boulder Beach Facies Models and Characterization of the Depositional Environment of the Mill Street Conglomerate at Taylors Falls, Minnesota, U.S.A., 2017, Geology (GEOL)

William James Freimuth, Using Invertebrate Traces to Assess Sedimentation at a Rich Terrestrial Vertebrate Locality from the Cretaceous of Montana, 2017, Geology (GEOL)

Andrew Parker Keene, Paleomagnetic analysis of the Løkken Ophiolite sequence, central Norway, 2017, Geology (GEOL)

Evan John Lahr, Longitudinal Profiles Along the North Shore of Lake Superior: Understanding Controls on Local Slope, 2017, Geology (GEOL)

Charles Craven Linneman, Impact of Constructions on River Morphology: River Engineering Survey, Cannon River, SE Minnesota (Faribault to Lake Byllesby), 2017, Geology (GEOL)

Mara Catherine MacDonell, Formation of amygdules in the North Shore Volcanics Group basalts North Shore of Lake Superior, Minnesota, 2017, Geology (GEOL)

Rebecca McGehee, Deuterium Excess in a Deep Greenland Ice Core: A proxy for Arctic Sea Ice Concentration, 2017, Geology (GEOL)

Spencer Roman O'Bryan, Beaver occupation and sediment budget: Panther Brook, Huntington Wildlife Forest, Newcomb, NY, 2017, Geology (GEOL)

Haley Caldwell Olson, Detrital zircons from the Yakutat terrane, Alaska: Differentiating the Schist of Nunatak Fiord from the Yakutat Group flysch and mélange., 2017, Geology (GEOL)

Erin L. Patrick, Characterization of a calcareous fen in the Cannon River Wilderness Area, Minnesota, 2017, Geology (GEOL)

Stefan Erik Payne-Wardenaar, Creating Documentary Films in Geology: The Geology of Northfield, Minnesota, 2017, Geology (GEOL)

Maximilian Dimitrios Rohde, Characterizing Local Variability in Long-Period Horizontal Tilt Noise, 2017, Geology (GEOL)

Emily Odessa Ross, Physical models of a locked-to-creeping transition along a strike-slip fault: Comparison with the San Andreas fault system in central California, 2017, Geology (GEOL)

Chloe Heath Rouhandeh, The effect of coastal storms and hurricanes on two south shore Long Island embayments, 2017, Geology (GEOL)

Jesse Keen Rubin, Horizontal Well Production of the Wolfcamp A Package in the Wolfcamp Shale Formation in the Midland Basin, 2017, Geology (GEOL)

Leah E. Sacks, Grain-Scale Methods and Paleoenvironmental Analysis of the Stimson Formation, Gale Crater, Mars, 2017, Geology (GEOL)

Aaron David Schwab, Effects of grazing and fire on soil carbon and nitrogen in Minnesota tallgrass prairie, 2017, Geology (GEOL)

Perrin Stein, Evaluation of saturated buffer capacity to attenuate nitrate from agricultural land, Dakota County, MN, 2017, Geology (GEOL)

Anna Carrie Thompson, Vesicle Distribution in Glaciovolcanic Pillow Lava from Undirhlíðar, Southwest Iceland, 2017, Geology (GEOL)

Erin Elisabeth Young-Dahl, Comparing instrumentation techniques for microfracture analysis and quantification, 2017, Geology (GEOL)

Submissions from 2016

Charlotte Harte Beal, Characterizing stable carbon isotopic records in the mid-depth southwest Atlantic during deglaciations throughout Marine Isotope Stages 5 and 6, 2016, Geology (GEOL)

William Alan Longhurst Chapman, Paleomagnetic analysis of deformation and rotation associated with the Húsavík-Flatey Fault, northern Iceland, 2016, Geology (GEOL)

Ilana Marishka Crankshaw, Analysis of Continuous Multi-Year Baseline Hydrothermal Monitoring Data for the Cascade Range Volcanoes, 2016, Geology (GEOL)

Elizabeth Rae Davis, A review of the applications of soil science to archaeological fieldwork and a preliminary study of the soils of the Mazi Plain, northwest Attica, Greece, 2016, Geology (GEOL)

Sarah McCook Jordan, Strain path and thermal history of quartzite in the deep crust of Andean-style orogenic plateaus: a case study from the Wood Hills, Nevada, 2016, Geology (GEOL)

Caroline Anna Lauth, An Integrated Stratigraphic Analysis of the "Problem" of the Oligocene-Miocene Boundary at Monte Conero, Italy, 2016, Geology (GEOL)

Philip-Peter Joachim Maxeiner, The Origin of Cetaceans and Observational Based Lessons, 2016, Geology (GEOL)

Forrest Faix Williams, Rainfall-Influenced Turbidity and Nutrient Fluxes in Rice and Heath Creeks, 2016, Geology (GEOL)

Submissions from 2015

Anders James Berglund, Examining Possible Source Calderas for the Arikareean Tuffs of Western Nebraska Using Major Element Biotite Geochemistry, 2015, Geology (GEOL)

Luke McCoy Fairchild, High temperature emplacement of clastic breccia dikes and implications for the development and magnetization of impact craters, 2015, Geology (GEOL)

William Edward Grimm, A tectonic and provenance study of the Chugach-Prince William terrane, Alaska, with specific focus on the Paleogene Orca Group, Using U-Pb dating of detrital zircons, 2015, Geology (GEOL)

Emily Houlihan, Age constraints of Mid-Continent Rift sedimentary rocks in Northern Minnesota using paleomagnetic analysis, 2015, Geology (GEOL)

Jabari Coleman Jones, Assessing the Role of Turbulence in the Entrainment of an Individual Gravel Particle, 2015, Geology (GEOL)

Charles Omar Kaufman, Burn severity effects on hill-slope soil characteristics and local variation four years after the Fourmile Fire, Boulder County, Colorado, 2015, Geology (GEOL)

Callum Laird McCulloch, Timing of Proterozoic deformation of the Needle Mountains, Colorado: using U/Pb isotope geochronology to unravel the Yavapai Orogeny, 2015, Geology (GEOL)

Katherine Chandler McLellan, Timing of the Fluvial Response to the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum, Bighorn Basin, northwest Wyoming, USA, 2015, Geology (GEOL)

III Frank Rudolph Molinek, etrital zircon U/Pb ages and provenance study of the Paleocene to Miocene Tofino basin sedimentary sequence, Olympic Peninsula, Washington, 2015, Geology (GEOL)

Leah Nelson, Evaluating a method of thermal infrared remote sensing of sub-debris ice ablation: Emmons Glacier, Mount Rainier, Washington, 2015, Geology (GEOL)

Jayne Herta Pasternak, Geophysical explorations: a case study of two archaeological sites in Grevena, Greece: Aghios Giorgios Aghia Varvara and Itea Panaghia/Profitis Ilias, 2015, Geology (GEOL)

Jeremy Spencer Randolph-Flagg, Remote Sensing of Water Isotopes to Detect Transpiration: An Initial Investigation in the Amazon and central Siberia, 2015, Geology (GEOL)

Ian R. B. Reeves, Assessment of Two Stormwater Retention Ponds in the Spring Creek Watershed, Northfield, MN: Flood Mitigation Capabilities and Sedimentological History, 2015, Geology (GEOL)

Ian R. B. Reeves, Seismology in Theory and Practice: Translation of the Disputatio Philosophica De Terraemotibus Anni 1670, 2015, Geology (GEOL)

Julia Anne Reich, Microbial response to nitrogen deposition, invasive species presence, and flooding in the Upper Mississippi River floodplain, La Crosse, WI, 2015, Geology (GEOL)

Lauren M. Salberg, Assessing Floating Treatment Wetlands (FTWs) as a Best Management Practice to Remove Nitrates in Constructed Lakes in Northfield, MN, 2015, Geology (GEOL)

Erica Kimberly Sheline, Examining Phosphate Precipitation: Impact of Biological Nucleation Sites on the Precipitation of Fluorapatite Crystals as Liesegang Bands in a Double-Diffusion Setup, 2015, Geology (GEOL)

Jackson Vanfleet-Brown, Plant dynamics and soils influencing ecological restoration of Potentilla hickmanii at Rancho Corral de Tierra, San Mateo County, California, 2015, Geology (GEOL)

Submissions from 2014

Sarah Ostergren Alexander, Using field and laboratory data to characterize deformation in the outside corner of a ridge-transform intersection in the Troodos ophiolite, Cyprus, 2014, Geology (GEOL)

Catherine Ann Christenson, A Site History and Soil Contamination Source Study in the Area of 5th and 7th Streets and Washington and Water Streets, Northfield, MN, 2014, Geology (GEOL)

Anderson Richard Cole, Provenance analyses of siliciclastic dikes and Paleozoic formations near Colorado Springs, CO using detrital zircon U/Pb ages, 2014, Geology (GEOL)

John Rybeck Garlow, Grain shape and microtexture analysis to interpret provenance and transport history of Upper Mississippi Valley Cambrian - Ordovican supermature quartz arenites, 2014, Geology (GEOL)

Mary Reagan Harvey, A Geochemical analysis of the Bagmati River in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal, 2014, Geology (GEOL)

Rachel Elizabeth Johnson, Delta Progradation in a Flood Control Reservoir: A Case Study from Littleville Lake, Huntington, MA, 2014, Geology (GEOL)

Maureen Jennings Kahn, Constraining exhumation using zircon (U-Th)/He dating in the Sawtooth and White Cloud Mountains, Idaho, 2014, Geology (GEOL)

Elizabeth Ann Kimberly, Aggradation and Avulsions: A Case Study of a Carbon River Floodplain, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington, 2014, Geology (GEOL)

Ryan LeVan Lawrence, Geochemistry of the Early Eocene Coast Range Volcanic Province, Pacific Northwestern United States, and Evidence for Plume-Ridge Interaction, 2014, Geology (GEOL)

Lucy Fay Livesay, Deformation bands in the Etchegoin Formation at Parkfield: Implications for stresses on the San Andreas Fault in Central California, 2014, Geology (GEOL)

Chloe Nelson, Petrography and Thermobarometry of a Metamorphosed Sedimentary Screen associated with the Western Idaho Shear Zone, West Mountain, Idaho, 2014, Geology (GEOL)

MacKenzie A. C. Persen, Provenance of pebbles from the Kataboi Member of the Nachukui Formation near the Turkwel River, Turkana Basin, Kenya, 2014, Geology (GEOL)

Mariah Josephine Radue, Three-dimensional fabric analysis and deformation of the South Mountain anticline, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, 2014, Geology (GEOL)

Brianna Joy Rick, Provenance of the Chugach-Prince William terrane through U/Pb dating of detrital zircons, Baranof Island, SE Alaska, 2014, Geology (GEOL)

Milana Lauren Socha, Complexities of Aging Mussels from the Cannon River, 2014, Geology (GEOL)

Kaopuanani Nani O Kao Sutton, Exploration of Groundwater Resources in Mauna Kea, Island of Hawaii, 2014, Geology (GEOL)

Chelsea Anna Wagner, Paleomagnetic constraints on the location of a fossil spreading ridge in the Troodos ophiolite, Cyprus, 2014, Geology (GEOL)

Cameron Joseph Webb, Distribution and geologic analysis of the indoor geohazard of radon gas in Clark County, Washington, 2014, Geology (GEOL)

Joshua Edward Zoellmer, An evaluation of EO-1 Hyperion data in mapping surficial geology near Loiyangalani, Northern Kenya, 2014, Geology (GEOL)

Submissions from 2013

Thomas H. Birren, Petrology of the Nickel Lake Macrodike: Implications for Exploration of Magmatic Ni-Cu Sulfide Deposits, Duluth Complex, Minnesota, 2013, Geology (GEOL)

Laura Danielle Karson, Urban Science Education in the United States: Developing Lesson Plans to Overcome Misconceptions, 2013, Geology (GEOL)

Taylor J. LaCasse, Using a coarse-grained conglomerate to investigate lateral offset along the Leavenworth Fault Zone, North Cascades, Washington, 2013, Geology (GEOL)

Schuyler Van Antwerp Metcalf, Geochemsitry of Twin Sisters Creek dike swarm, Fort Bayard, New Mexico: Evidence for low angle subduction of the Farallon plate during the Laramide Orogeny, 2013, Geology (GEOL)