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 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Submissions from 2013

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

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

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

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

Jennifer Sophie Piela, Geology (GEOL) 2013, Exploring relationships between climate and topography using 10Be cosmogenic nuclide- derived erosion rates and stream long profiles in the Western Ghats, India

Caroline Rebecca Scheevel, Geology (GEOL) 2013, Determining crustal velocities of the Ruby Mountains, Nevada using local mine blasts

Tyler Clarisse Schuetz, Geology (GEOL) 2013, Examining the paleoenvironment of the Chickaloon Formation, Matanuska Valley, Alaska through Campeloma and Unionoida fossil assemblages

Submissions from 2012

Charlotte Jean Alster, Geology (GEOL) 2012, Microbial enzymatic response to reduced precipitation and increased nitrogen in a southern Californian grassland

Kristofer Erik Asp, Geology (GEOL) 2012, Crystallization History of the Sawbill Lake Intrusion

Sarah Frances Berry, Geology (GEOL) 2012, Dendrohydrological δ18O Stable Isotopic Forward Modeling of Carapa Guianensis Tree Ring Cellulose for the Determination of Climate Change Variability in Source Waters

Adam Charles Denny, Geology (GEOL) 2012, Geochemistry of the Lower Crescent Formation, Washington, and Reevaluation of Proposed Formation Hypotheses

Megan Dunleavy Ferre, Geology (GEOL) 2012, Rainsplash Diffusion: Experimental Smoothing of Landscapes

Hannah Louise Hilbert-Wolf, Geology (GEOL) 2012, A U/Pb detrital zircon provenance study of the flysch of the Paleogene Orca Group, Chugach-Prince William Terrane, Alaska

Laura Allison Hockenbury, Geology (GEOL) 2012, The Way of the Arun: Interdependent Intricacies of Stream Chemistry in the Nepal Himalayas

Evan Michael Johnson, Geology (GEOL) 2012, Assessment of the Effects of Four Small Bridge Abutments on the Stability of the Banks of the Cannon River in the Cowling Arboretum, Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota

Elizabeth Anne Lundstrom, Geology (GEOL) 2012, Variations in hydrothermal chloride flux in the area of ongoing uplift west of South Sister volcano, Oregon

Sarah Rebecca Marks, Geology (GEOL) 2012, A potential terrane boundary within the Wyoming Province along the Yellowstone River shear zone in northern Yellowstone National Park, USA

Ailsa Elizabeth Caroline McCulloch, Geology (GEOL) 2012, Using a Natural Tidal Slug to Determine the Hydraulic Conductivity of Wetland Soils in the Palo Alto Baylands, San Francisco Bay

Peter Scheuermann, Geology (GEOL) 2012, Metamorphic Petrology and Structural Geology of the Granite Peak Screen, Western Idaho Shear Zone, Cascade, Idaho

Zach Walker Stewart, Geology (GEOL) 2012, Eolian and Subaqueous Sedimentary Structures of the Devils Island Sandstone, Sand Island, Wisconsin (U.S.A.)

Angus Anson Vaughan, Geology (GEOL) 2012, Paleomagnetic data from 1.1 Ga Osler Group basalt flows on Simpson Island, Ontario: Evidence for rapid plate motion of Laurentia in the late Mesoproterozoic

Alex Earl Walker, Geology (GEOL) 2012, Effects of a 1970 restoration planting on soil in the Carleton College Lower Arboretum, Northfield, MN

Nina Millicent Whitney, Geology (GEOL) 2012, Geochemical analysis of Tertiary dikes emplaced in the Hrafnfjordur central volcano, northwest Iceland: Implications for dike origin

Griffin Arthur Williams, Geology (GEOL) 2012, The effect of annual cover crop growth on soil moisture of a temperate Minnesota Mollisol

Submissions from 2011

Miki Annette Beavis, Geology (GEOL) 2011, Soil Erosion Risk Assessment near Archaeological Sites in Grevena, Northwestern Greece using the Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation (RUSLE) and GIS

Lillian Naomi Betke-Brunswick, Geology (GEOL) 2011, Kinematic modeling of dike deformation near the Husavik-Flatey fault, Flateyjarskagi, Iceland

Anne Lightfoot Boucher, Geology (GEOL) 2011, Analysis of geomorphic evidence for a late Wisconsinan alpine glaciation in the Adirondack High Peaks region, New York

Hannah Elizabeth Fariss, Geology (GEOL) 2011, Lateral variability in a transgressive systems tract of the Mazomanie Formation at the Boomsite, Stillwater, MN: Evidence for estuarine deposition?

Nicholas Donald Holschuh, Geology (GEOL) 2011, An Analysis of Tsunami Sensitivity to Fault Plane Orientation Using a Rapid Linear Model

Alice Caroline Newman, Geology (GEOL) 2011, Using small-scale structures as a tool for understanding regional deformation: A study of deformation bands and faults at Kettleman Hills, California

Masaru Konishi Nobu, Geology (GEOL) 2011, The euxinic zone anaerobic phototrophic microbial ecology of meromictic Green Lake as an analogue for Proterozoic ocean microbial ecology

Benjamin H. Parks, Geology (GEOL) 2011, Metamorphic Petrology of Archean Metapelites and Ironstones in the Garnet Hill Area, Yellowstone National Park, USA

Noah Gabriel Randolph-Flagg, Geology (GEOL) 2011, Variations in Heat Advected from Devils Kitchen Fumarolic Area, Lassen Volcanic National Park, California, 1922-2010

Colin Mackenzie Sinclair, Geology (GEOL) 2011, Glacial processes and the changing landscape of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum

Analeisha Marie Vang, Geology (GEOL) 2011, A Pre-Dam Removal Assessment: The Ames Mill Dam, Northfield, MN

Andrew Philip Walters, Geology (GEOL) 2011, Local versus global control of ?13C isotope excursions in the Ordovician (Turinian) Platteville Formation, southeastern Minnesota and eastern Iowa

Adrienne Kathleen Wilber, Geology (GEOL) 2011, Late Quaternary climate in the southern foothills of the Brooks Range, Alaska based on stable isotope analysis of lake sediment

Amanda Rose Yourd, Geology (GEOL) 2011, An examination of the development of Kettleman Hills North Dome, central California using paleomagnetic and map-based analysis

Submissions from 2010

Lila Battis, Geology (GEOL) 2010, Auntie Clementine's Guide to Fossils: A Children's Book

Laura Kathleen Bazzetta, Geology (GEOL) 2010, Linking River Morphology to Larval Drift of an Endangered Sturgeon

James Bethune, Geology (GEOL) 2010, Snowpack trends in the contributing region to the Central Valley of California

David Brink-Roby, Geology (GEOL) 2010, Fault development in the Cathedral Peak Granodiorite, Sierra Nevada batholith: Evidence for directional emplacement of the Johnson Granite Porphyry

Sarah E. Crump, Geology (GEOL) 2010, Paleomagnetic data from the Rinconada fault in central California: Evidence for off-fault deformation

Travis Drake, Geology (GEOL) 2010, Transient Storage, Discharge, and Nutrient Uptake in Small Streams of the Kolyma River Basin, Siberia

Kimberly J. Elson, Geology (GEOL) 2010, Substrate preference of freshwater mussels in the Cannon River, Northfield, Minnesota

Jordan David Epstein, Geology (GEOL) 2010, Paleomagnetism and Geochemistry of Tertiary Intrusions and Flows Associated with the Kootznahoo Formation near Kake, Southeast Alaska, and Implications for the Alexander Terrane

Nathan Samuel Evenson, Geology (GEOL) 2010, U-Pb detrital zircon geochronology and provenance of the Tertiary Kootznahoo Formation, southeastern Alaska: A sedimentary record of Coast Mountains exhumation

Neil Foley, Geology (GEOL) 2010, Fractionation of Sulfur Isotopes in the Formation of Mars

Mark William Hagemann, Geology (GEOL) 2010, Assessment of potential seasonal climate signals preserved in a late Pleistocene stalagmite from central Texas

Lauren Elizabeth Howell, Geology (GEOL) 2010, Characterizing shallow intrasedimentary faults using magnetic depth estimation methods: Preliminary results of a high-resolution aeromagnetic survey at the San Luis Basin, south-central Colorado

William Z. Jacobson, Geology (GEOL) 2010, Liquefaction features in Cantorian-Ordovician boundary strata of southeastern Minnesota: evidence for paleoseismicity in the cratonic interior?

Samuel A. Kanner, Geology (GEOL) 2010, Using Low and High Frequency Subbottom Surveys to Locate Cretaceous and Quaternary Sediments in Block Island Sound: an Analysis to Estimate the Cost of an Offshore Wind Farm

Zachary Philip Montes, Geology (GEOL) 2010, Field and microstrucural observations of granulite facies rocks, Hamilton Downs, Mt. Hay Block, central Australia

Allison Pfeiffer, Geology (GEOL) 2010, Effects of soil disturbance on aggregation and mineral-associated carbon and nitrogen storage

Andrew Douglas Ritts, Geology (GEOL) 2010, Limnological Analysis of the Groundwater, Biological, and Morphological Factors in Relation to Stratification and Dissolved Oxygen Levels of the North and South Basins of Roosevelt Lake, MN

Nathaniel A. Ryan, Geology (GEOL) 2010, Microstructures of a deformed kyanite-quartz vein of the Raft River Mountains in northwest Utah

Julia Elizabeth Schwarz, Geology (GEOL) 2010, Influence of lithology and climate on spring chemistry in the Upper Deschutes River watershed, Oregon

Chelsea Phipps Scott, Geology (GEOL) 2010, Kinematic modeling of deformation in the Troodos ophiolite, Cyprus

Mahima Swarup, Geology (GEOL) 2010, Tectonic evolution of the Menderes massif core complex and Alasehir graben, southwestern Turkey: counter evidence to a rolling-hinge mechanism

Smith Stuart Alan Sweeney, Geology (GEOL) 2010, Characterization of two atypical refractory inclusions from separate CV3 chondritic meteorites: Petrogenesis in the early solar system

Allison R. Vitkus, Geology (GEOL) 2010, Microfossil fauna from the Blue Earth Siltstone of the Lower Ordovician Prairie du Chien Group, Minnesota, USA

Sibo Wang, Geology (GEOL) 2010, Reconstructions of Late Ordovician crinoids and bryozoans from the Decorah Shale, Upper Mississippi Valley

Sophie Gabrielle Williams, Geology (GEOL) 2010, Soil microbial biomass and respiration dynamics in a 14 year chronosequence of restored tallgrass prairie

Submissions from 2009

Elsass Kirke Anderson, Geology (GEOL) 2009, Hydraulic conductivity of Pliocene & Pleistocene sediments in the San Diego Bay subsurface

Jonathan Aronson, Geology (GEOL) 2009, Overhauser magnetometer survey of Midcontinent Rift accomodation zone in southeastern Minnesota and implications for subsurface structure

Kathryn Buckner, Geology (GEOL) 2009, Timing development: a new approach to ANWR

Kort Butler, Geology (GEOL) 2009, Preliminary seismic refraction survey of the Cannon River Wilderness Park

Lauren Colwell, Geology (GEOL) 2009, Evidence for differential Louisville and Emperor-Hawaiian mantle plume motion based on 40Ar/39Ar geochronology

Tiffany F. Cox, Geology (GEOL) 2009, June 2006 seismic swarm and dike emplacement beneath the Michoacan-Guanajuato volcanic field, Mexico

Aaron Fricke, Geology (GEOL) 2009, Precambrian geologic history of the Gravelly Range, southwest Montana

Mary A. Henke-Haney, Geology (GEOL) 2009, From formation to faucet: groundwater in Southeast Minnesota

Justin LaMont, Geology (GEOL) 2009, A survey of throughgoing fractures in Upper Ordovician carbonate rocks, Goodhue County, Minnesota

Dylan Scott Linet, Geology (GEOL) 2009, The Spring Creek project series: two geology projects to be taught at the introductory level

Jessica Marks, Geology (GEOL) 2009, Using major, minor, and trace element geochemistry of melt inclusions to study magma dynamics and evolution at Augustine Volcano, Alaska

Maija Sipola, Geology (GEOL) 2009, Geomorphologic and anthropogenic impacts on artifact distribution within the Mugello Valley, Tuscany, Italy

Kristin Sweeney, Geology (GEOL) 2009, Characterization of a partitioned section of the Hoh Serh Fault: Mongolian Altai

Phillip Varela, Geology (GEOL) 2009, New evidence for reconstructing the marine faunal assemblage of the Decorah formation (southeastern Minnesota and northeastern Iowa, USA): a qualitative survey of microfossils.

Elizabeth Webb, Geology (GEOL) 2009, Re-mapping the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami inundation in the Banda Aceh region with attention to probable sea level rise

Submissions from 2004

David J. Auerbach, Geology (GEOL) 2004, The Steptoean Positive Isotopic Carbon Excursion (SPICE) in siliciclastic facies of the Upper Mississippi Valley: Implications for mass extinction and sea level change in the Upper Cambrian

Josep Graly, Geology (GEOL) 2004, An Intrusive Complex in the Khövsgöl Ulaanbadrakhin Terrane, southeastern Mongolia

Bess Koffman, Geology (GEOL) 2004, Molecular phylogenetic analysis of a bacterial mat community, Le Grotte di Frasassi, Italy

Sarah Margoles, Geology (GEOL) 2004, Terrestrial carbon storage and sedimentation in the Coon Creek Watershed, Wisconsin

Leah Morgan, Geology (GEOL) 2004, Molecular Evidence for Microbially-Mediated Sulfur Cycling in the Deep Subsurface of the Witwatersrand Basin, South Africa