Faculty, students present research to Geological Society of America

Western faculty and students recently presented information about their research at the annual Geological Society of America meeting in Denver.

Adam Griffith, a biology graduate student; David Kinner, assistant professor of geosciences and natural resources management; Katie McDowell, a recent WCU graduate; Benjamin Tanner, assistant professor of geosciences and natural resources management; and Rob Young, professor of geosciences; presented “Soil Characterization for Rivercane Restoration in Western North Carolina.”

Kinner also co-presented “Infiltration and Connectivity at Multiple Scales in Burned Watersheds.”

Blair R. Tormey, instructor of geocsciences and natural resources management, shared his part in a study of “Rapid Sea-Level Change and Intensified Storms During the Last Interglacial: A High Resolution Record from the Bahamas.”

Cheryl Waters-Tormey, assistant professor of geology, and Kim Wepasnick, a recent WCU graduate ,presented “Strain Marker Shape Preferred Orientation Across a Strain Gradient in a Granulite Facies Normal Shear Zone, Mount Hay Block, Central Australia.”

Young and Freya Kinner, instructor of educational leadership and foundations, discussed their part in “The Elwha Science Education Project: Increasing the Relevancy of the Geosciences for Native American Youth Through Participation in Environmental Restoration Projects on Tribal Lands.”

Young, who also serves as director for the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines, co-presented “Is There a Downside to Mapping Coastal Hazards?”