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This year, the Florence Bascom Geoscience Center is proud to announce it's first annual Big Science Blowout. Team members will have the opportunity to share abstacts they have presented at various conferences over the past year. 

When: 23 May 2019, 9:00AM - 3:00PM EST

Where: Doug Rankin Memorial Map Compilation Room and Presentation Center (Room 3C129)


  • 8:45   Opening Remarks – Chris Bernhardt

Morning Oral PAPER Session

  • 9:00      The Southern Appalachian Blue Ridge: a natural laboratory to examine conceptual models of fault zones at different crustal levels – Arthur Merschat
  • 9:20      The role of sea level rise and storms in formation and resilience of Florida Bay islands, Everglades National Park – Lynn Wingard
  • 9:40      Stratigraphic mapping of the Devonian Foreknobs Formation using LiDAR imagery – Dan Doctor
  • 10:00    Intense hurricane variability in the Florida panhandle from sedimentary archives: Centennial-scale context for hurricane Michael and other major storms – Jessica Rodysill
  • 10:20    Not your parent’s pluton: New age controls on the emplacement of the Petersburg Granite and on the rocks into which it intrudes, central-eastern Virginia Piedmont, USA – Mark Carter
  • 10:40    Bering Sea sea-ice dynamics driven by changes in ocean-atmosphere circulation over the last 5.5 ka – Miriam Jones

POSTER Session and lunch (11:00 – 1:00pm)

  1. Developing reference values for paleoecological interpretation of Florida Bay: analysis of stable carbon and nitrogen isotope and elemental values of plants and algae – Kristen Hoefke
  2. Diamond Mining and Conflict in the Central African Republic – Sarah Bergstresser
  3. Exploring the limitations of automated classification and feature extraction: A case study examining clay kilns in North Kabul, Afghanistan
  4. Benthic foraminiferal community changes across the Pliocene Yorktown Formation, southeastern Virginia – Whittney Spivey
  5. Geospatial analysis to detect changes of Florida Bay islands due to Hurricane Irma – Sarah Bergstresser
  6. Oxygen isotopic analysis of peatland plant cellulose as a proxy for Holocene hydroclimate on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska – Bailey Nash
  7. Molluscan and seagrass response post 2015 die-off event in Florida Bay – Bethany Stackhouse

Afternoon Oral PAPER Session

  • 1:00      Quaternary Eolian Systems and Carolina Bays of the U.S. Atlantic Coastal Plain Province – Chris Swezey
  • 1:20      Arctic Ocean. Climate and sea-ice variability in the Arctic: mid-latitude connections – Tom Cronin
  • 1:40      Reaction softening and the age of the Blue Ridge thrust: #structuralpetrology – Ryan McAleer
  • 2:00      The presence of denitrifiers in microbial communities of urban stormwater BMPs – Natalie Hall
  • 2:20      Investigating pre-Cretaceous basement rocks beneath the Southeastern U.S. Coastal Plain – Wright Horton
  • 2:40      40Ar/39Ar dating constraints on the age and cooling history of pre-Cretaceous basement rocks beneath the mid-Atlantic Coastal Plain of Maryland and Virginia – Mick Kunk