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Students, faculty attending geology conference in Houston

Students and faculty from WKU’s Department of Geography and Geology are attending the joint annual meeting of the Geological Society of America (GSA) this week in Houston.

The theme of this year’s conference is Celebrating the International Year of Planet Earth.

Presentations by WKU faculty and students include:

Dr. Fred Siewers was a co-author on a paper presented by colleagues at the conference concerning “Event Deposition and Biological Response of a Saline Inland Pond: Storrs Lake, San Salvador Island, Bahamas.”

Dr. Lee Florea. with co-authors, presented “Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Groundwater Flow within the Matrix Porosity of the Biscayne Aquifer of Southeast Florida.”

Dr. Andrew Wulff presented “Embedding Research Principles Early in a Geology Curriculum” in a session titled “Geoscience Education III: Research on Learning in the Geosciences.”

Undergraduate Chelsea Brunner of Crestwood with co-author Heather Monohan of Bowling Green and Dr. Andrew Wulff presented a poster titled “Identifying Vadose-Surface Interaction using Dripwater Chemistry from Diamond Caverns, KY” in the Sigma Gamma Epsilon Undergraduate Research session.

“Student engagement in the Department of Geography and Geology is best exemplified by presentations of student research at conferences and workshops,” said Geography and Geology Department Head Dr. David Keeling. “The opportunity to conduct research with faculty and fellow students in advanced geology classes or through supervised independent projects makes WKU students highly competitive when external opportunities become available, including graduate programs. Our geology students always receive high praise at these conferences for the sophistication and thoroughness of their research.”

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