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Brandon Lars Graham

Brandon Graham is a Pathways Student with the Florence Bascom Geoscience Center. 

Brandon is currently finishing up a PhD at the University at Buffalo in Glacial Geology with a focus on the deglacial history of the western section of the Greenland Ice Sheet and quantifying its erosion rate.  This research uses sub-bottom profiling seismic reflection to quantify sediment thickness isopach maps in lakes, as well as complex cosmogenic radionuclide exposure modeling for Beryllium-10 and in situ Carbon-14 in bedrock and boulders. His work with the USGS focuses on the Quaternary surficial mapping of the glaciated regions in the Northeast United States and applying near surface geophysical techniques to improving the 3D framework.

 

Professional Experience

  • 2022-Present: Student Trainee (Geology), U.S. Geological Survey, Florence Bascom Geoscience Center, Reston, VA.  Great Lakes Geologic Mapping Project. 

  • 2015-2017: Kansas Geologic Survey, Lawrence, KS. Seismicity monitoring for an active oil field CO2 injection pilot study.

  • 2012-2014: Research Geologist, New York State Geologic Survey, Albany, NY. Surficial geologic mapping in the Finger Lakes and Adirondacks regions.

  • 2011: Summer Intern, McKean County EMA, Smethport, PA    

  • 2010: Summer Intern, Vermont Geologic Survey, Craftsbury, VT 

Education and Certifications

  • Ph.D. Candidate (2022) - Geology, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY. Emphasis: Glacial Geology - Estimating Glacial Erosion - Cosmogenic Nuclide Modeling

  • University Centre of Svalbard, UNIS (October 2018) - Arctic Quaternary Geology, AG 826

  • University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS (2014-2017) - Emphasis: Geophysics and 3D Seismic Anisotropy Inversion

  • University of Houston, Houston, TX (July 2012) - YBRA Field Camp

  • B.S. (2012) - Geology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY. Emphasis: Quaternary Geology

Honors and Awards

  • 2020 - Geo. Soc. of American Grad. Student John T. and Carol G. McGill Research Award

  • 2018, 2019 - International Glaciological Society Best Student Poster

  • 2017-2021 - UB Presidential PhD Fellowship

  • 2014 - James A. & Rowena E. Peoples Graduate Research Assistant Scholarship

  • 2012 - Robert LaFleur Geomorphology Award

  • 2011 - Sigma Gamma Epsilon Geologic Honor Society

  • 2011 - Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society

Abstracts and Presentations

  • Graham, B.L., Briner, J., Young, N., Balter-Kennedy, A., Schaefer, J., (2021) Combining UAV terrain analysis and in situ cosmogenic 10Be inventories to determine little ice age subglacial abrasion:quarrying ratio at Jakobshavn fore-field. Geological Society of America Annual Conference, Portland, OR, October 10-13, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1130/abs/2021AM-368187.

  • Graham, B.L., Koppes, M., Briner, J., (2020) Estimating erosion rates from the Western Greenland Ice Sheet using proglacial lake sediment volumes. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, Online, December 1-17, 2020.

  • Graham, B.L., Briner, J., Koppes, M., Young, N., (2019) Estimating glacial erosion rates near Jakobshavn Isbræ, West Greenland. International Glaciological Society conference, Madison, WI, May 12-17, 2019.

  • Graham, B.L., Briner, J., Schweinsberg, A., Lifton, N., Bennike, O., (2018) Analyzing nunatak presence during the LGM with in situ 14C to provide constraint for ice sheet models, International Glaciological Society conference, Buffalo, NY, June 3-8, 2018.

  • Graham, B.L., Briner, J.P., Schweinsberg, A.D., Lifton, N.A., Bennike, O., (2018), Were there LGM nunataks in Greenland: Modeling new in situ 14C data suggest not, 48th Annual Arctic Worskshop, Boulder Colorado, University of Colorado at Boulder, April 5-6, 2018.

  • Graham, B.L., Tsoflias G. P. and W. L. Watney (2017), Seismic Determination of Azimuthal Anisotropy in the Mississippian Chert and Arbuckle from 3D P-P Reflection Data in Wellington Field, South-Central Kansas, 2017 Annual Meeting of the Kansas Interdisciplinary Carbonate Consortium, Lawrence, Kansas, March 5-7, 2017 (4 pages).

  • Graham, B.L., Tsoflias G. P. and W. L. Watney (2017), Re-processing of 3D Seismic for Enhanced Imaging of the Mississippian and Arbuckle at Wellington Field, South-Central Kansas, 2017 Annual Meeting of the Kansas Interdisciplinary Carbonate Consortium, Lawrence, Kansas, March 5-7, 2017 (4 pages).

  • Graham, B.L., Tsoflias G. P. and W. L. Watney (2016), Seismic Modeling of CO2 Fluid Substitution in the Mississippian Cherty Dolomite and Arbuckle Group Dolomite Reservoirs, Wellington Field, South-Central Kansas, 2016 Annual Meeting of the Kansas Interdisciplinary Carbonate Consortium, Lawrence, Kansas, April 25-27, 2016 (4 pages).

  • Graham, B.L., Clift, A., Kozlowski, A., Bird, B., 2014, Keene Valley, NY Surficial Geologic Map of the Adirondacks High Peaks Region, Geological Society of America Abstract. Vol. 46, No. 2, p. 108

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