Student Research in Geology and Environmental Geology

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Qualified junior and senior year Geology and Environmental Geology students may chose pursue an independent research project.  Working closely with a faculty advisor, you can join an existing research team or (with faculty guidance) pursue an original idea of your own.  Independent research may count for up to four (4) credits, which may be applied toward the twelve (12) elective credits required for the major.

Geology program students have engaged in the following independent research projects:

  • Fluid Inclusions in Quartz/Feldspar Veins
  • Microfabric Analysis of Shear Zones in Casper, Wyoming
  • Mesozoic Faulting in Culpeper, Virginia
  • Controls on Ion Migration in Soils
  • Clay Composition and Soil Behavior
  • GPS Survey of Prince William Park
  • Digital Mapping and GIS Applications
  • Geothermometry of Virginia Piedmont Metamorphic Rocks
  • Urbanization and Enhanced Storm Hazards
  • Raman Laser Analysis of Fluid Inclusion Compositions
  • Analysis of Metamorphic Fabrics in the Fredericksburg, Virginia Area
  • Mineral Optics and Cathodoluminescence
  • Lithospheric Plate Velocities
  • Source of Arsenic Contamination in Groundwater
  • Quantitative Evaluation of GIS Terrain Models
  • Development of dolomite in arid Hawaiian soils