SUU Geoscientists to Present at Geological Conference

Published: May 03, 2007 | Read Time: 1 minutes

Five distinguished geoscientists from Southern Utah University will present their research at the Rocky Mountain Section meeting of the Geological Society of America on May 7-9, at the Dixie Center in St. George, Utah.

Drs. Fred Lohrengel, Mark Colberg, and Robert Eves, and SUU students Jessica Williams and Jonathan Boswell will present on such diverse topics as science education, the Beaver Dam Mountains, and Bryce Canyon National Park. Approximately 300 geoscientists are expected to attend.

Dr. Lohrengel will discuss his findings on the relationship between the SUCCESS Academy and the SUU Department of Geosciences. The SUCESSS academy is a charter high school that allows students to graduate with both a high school diploma and an associate’s degree. The Department of Geosciences has sponsored several field trips for the students.

Dr. Colberg will present his work on metamorphism in the Beaver Dam Mountains and how it relates to other geological events in the Mojave Province. The study seeks to examine the tectonic history of the region and how it was formed.

Dr. Eves will discuss his research on an annual field seminar that gives K-12 educators a strong background in field study. The seminar prepares educators to provide field trips and conferences that will engage young students in the geosciences.

Jessica Williams, a junior geology major from Cedar City, Utah, will present her findings on freshwater gastropods in the Wahweap Formation at Bryce Canyon National Park. Gastropods are mollusks, like snails or slugs. Previous to Williams research, there has been little known about freshwater gastropods.

Jonathan Boswell, a senior geology major from St. George, Utah, will present his research on the footwall rocks of the Northern Snake Range in Nevada. His research explores the metamorphic and tectonic history of the area.

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