College of Charleston Geology Department

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Earlier this week, Clyde helped Baylin Bible prep fossils for display in the Mace Brown Museum of Natural History at the College of Charleston. Baylin is a sophomore pursuing a General Studies major and College of Charleston Geology Department minor.
The SSM is proud to host Chesapeake Technology's SonarWiz7 Annual Workshop & Expo this week. SonarWiz provides sonar data acquisition and processing software to the marine geophysical and geological survey industry and is used by College of Charleston Geology Department faculty and students. Ten of our students will participate in the training workshop and have the opportunity to network with professionals and learn more about careers in these fields.
Angus Mullis-McCord is a geology major graduating this semester who recently completed his bachelor’s essay comparing the differences in appearance and ability to provide ecological services between an unmanaged watershed and a managed watershed. He worked with Dr. Carl Trettin of the Center for Forested Wetlands Research to conduct his study and hopes to soon submit his work for scientific publication.
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Dr. Scott Harris of the College of Charleston Geology Department was recently involved in research that conducted the first aeroradiometric survey to look for patterns and anomalies of critical minerals along the U.S. Coastal Plain! Dr. Harris worked alongside scientists from both the U.S. Geological Survey and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, and it was published in the Geological Society of America’s “GSA Today” Journal in September. Congrats to Dr. Harris!
Dr. Teddy Them and colleagues have published a journal article in Earth and Planetary Science Letters, "New evidence for a long Rhaetian from a Panthalassan succession (Wrangell Mountains, Alaska) and regional differences in carbon cycle perturbations at the Triassic-Jurassic transition". The research focused on understanding the global carbon cycle across the end-Triassic mass extinction.

The photos below were taken while on-site in the Wrangell Mountains of Alaska in 2019. Clara Meier ('20), a recent graduate of the College of Charleston Geology Department, helped with sample collection during this particular expedition.

The article can be viewed here: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0012821X21005185?dgcid=coauthor
This is it, folks - the last water quality report of the season. We wrap up on a decent note, with only 25% of samples failing to meet the water quality standard for safe swimming. Check out more at theswimguide.org

Swim Guide College of Charleston Geology Department
Great results this week! Even two greens in James Island Creek! Check out more at theswimguide.org

Swim Guide College of Charleston Geology Department
Students in Dr. Beutel’s structural geology class were out mapping on Smith street last week. They were making scales of a section of the sidewalk that had bubbled up while adding the strikes and dips of the planes to determine the cause of the sidewalk deformity. College of Charleston Geology Department
High results in James Island Creek again this week. More on the issue and what's being done: https://buff.ly/3DEsUwO

See all the results at theswimguide.org

Swim Guide College of Charleston Geology Department
Happy National Fossil Day! It's the 12th Anniversary of National Fossil Day - an annual celebration held to highlight the scientific and educational value of paleontology and the importance of preserving fossils for future generations. Join us as we share some of what has happened here, and in the field since last fall!

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#nationalfossilday #nfd #paleontology #paleo #fossil #fossils
Dr. Cass Runyon in the College of Charleston Geology Department answers our questions about recent volcanic activity.
Lots of green on the map this week! We haven't had any rain so our waterways are looking much better than last week. More at theswimguide.org

Swim Guide College of Charleston Geology Department

Geology Rocks! And so does the College of Charleston! You won't find a better department to be a part of (I may be a little biased). Feel free to ask any questions if you're interested in Geology and Environmental Geosciences.

Operating as usual

Winter Graduates Set to Make an Impact 12/16/2021

Winter Graduates Set to Make an Impact

Winter 2021 Commencement is upon us! Congrats to all the graduates, including geology major Lydia Heath and EVSS graduate student D.J. Moulton - both spotlighted in this The College Today article!
https://today.cofc.edu/2021/12/15/cofc-winter-graduates-set-to-make-an-impact/

Winter Graduates Set to Make an Impact When most people think of graduation at the College of Charleston, white dinner jackets and dresses, roses and well wishers in the Cistern Yard come to mind. Those are key elements of the traditional spring commencement ceremonies. But students graduate from the College in the winter as well. And th...

12/14/2021

Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

The Fall 2021 Philanthropia e-publication is live featuring cover story Camille Sullivan '22, geology major and recipient of the College of Charleston's first-ever Paleontology Scholarship (also the College's first-ever crowd-funded scholarship)! Go straight to pages 12-13 for details from Camille and her scholarship mentor, Dr. Scott Persons.

THEN flip to pages 20-21 for ANOTHER feature story on geology major, Kesli Kruzel '22 - first recipient of the Geology Alumni Endowed Award (GAEA). Read more about the alumni-initiated award and Kesli's environmental geochemistry research project with mentor Dr. Vijay Vulava!

https://giving.cofc.edu/publications/

Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

The Fall 2021 Philanthropia e-publication is live featuring cover story Camille Sullivan '22, geology major and recipient of the College of Charleston's first-ever Paleontology Scholarship (also the College's first-ever crowd-funded scholarship)! Go straight to pages 12-13 for details from Camille and her scholarship mentor, Dr. Scott Persons.

THEN flip to pages 20-21 for ANOTHER feature story on geology major, Kesli Kruzel '22 - first recipient of the Geology Alumni Endowed Award (GAEA). Read more about the alumni-initiated award and Kesli's environmental geochemistry research project with mentor Dr. Vijay Vulava!

https://giving.cofc.edu/publications/

Photos from College of Charleston School of Sciences & Mathematics's post 12/08/2021

Photos from College of Charleston School of Sciences & Mathematics's post

Photos from College of Charleston Geology Department's post 11/10/2021

A mini-union reminder to wander, Know Thyself, and bring yourself home for a rest.

11/09/2021

See you TODAY at Holy City Brewing for oysters by Charleston Oyster Farm (Caitlyn & Peter Bierce '13), excellent beverages by Chris Brown '05 and his Holy City Brewing crew, and great fun with your friends and faculty! Mountains of thanks to our Geology Board of Advocates for organizing!

See you TODAY at Holy City Brewing for oysters by Charleston Oyster Farm (Caitlyn & Peter Bierce '13), excellent beverages by Chris Brown '05 and his Holy City Brewing crew, and great fun with your friends and faculty! Mountains of thanks to our Geology Board of Advocates for organizing!

NASA Commits $28 Million to Underfunded US Jurisdictions 11/02/2021

NASA Commits $28 Million to Underfunded US Jurisdictions

NASA Commits $28 Million to Underfunded US Jurisdictions NASA has awarded $28 million to fund the next five years of research infrastructure development across 28 jurisdictions.

10/13/2021

It's about time we had a shuckin' good time. Charleston alumni, we've teamed up with our College of Charleston Geology Department Board of Advocates, Charleston Oyster Farm, and Holy City Brewing for an Alumni Social on November 9. You mollusk RSVP by emailing Dan Boles '04 by October 26. Hope to sea you there! 🐚🍻

It's about time we had a shuckin' good time. Charleston alumni, we've teamed up with our College of Charleston Geology Department Board of Advocates, Charleston Oyster Farm, and Holy City Brewing for an Alumni Social on November 9. You mollusk RSVP by emailing Dan Boles '04 by October 26. Hope to sea you there! 🐚🍻

Volcano Expert Answers Questions About Dual Eruptions 10/12/2021

Volcano Expert Answers Questions About Dual Eruptions

Volcano Expert Answers Questions About Dual Eruptions With two volcanoes – La Palma in the Canary Islands off the coast of North Africa and Kilauea on the Big Island of Hawaii – erupting simultaneously and garnering a lot of news attention, it might seem like the world is burning to the ground, literally. But don’t worry,

Ocean Exploration, Mapping, and Characterization in the Blue Economy | American Blue Economy Podcast by American Shoreline Podcast Network 10/04/2021

Ocean Exploration, Mapping, and Characterization in the Blue Economy | American Blue Economy Podcast by American Shoreline Podcast Network

Dr. Leslie Sautter was recently panel member on The American Blue Economy Podcast! Dive into the latest episode Ocean Mapping, Exploration, and Characterization that explores the remarkable field of ocean discovery that Bob Ballard helped to advance, and to a greater extent, popularize for current and future generations.

Ocean Exploration, Mapping, and Characterization in the Blue Economy | American Blue Economy Podcast by American Shoreline Podcast Network In this month's episode, we discuss ocean mapping, exploration, and characterization. We were perfectly prepared for this topic 2 weeks ago when we were thrilled to host none other than Dr. Robert Ballard, world famous ocean explorer and discoverer of the RMS Titanic. We had an engaging discussion a...

Geology Professor Receives NASA Grant to Study Mars Volcanoes 09/30/2021

Geology Professor Receives NASA Grant to Study Mars Volcanoes

"Geology professor John Chadwick first began exploring Mars when he was 11 years old. His parents bought him a $5 telescope discovered at a garage sale.
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As part of a three-year, nearly $400,000 NASA funded study, Chadwick, along with researchers from Pomona College in California and the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Texas, will examine the evolution of the four largest volcanoes on Mars and determine their eruptive history and the impact they had on the Mars environment. And these aren’t average-sized volcanoes, he says, they’re supersized."

Read more in The College Today!

https://today.cofc.edu/2021/09/29/geology-professor-receives-nasa-grant-to-study-mars-volcanoes/

Geology Professor Receives NASA Grant to Study Mars Volcanoes Geology professor John Chadwick first began exploring Mars when he was 11 years old. His parents bought him a $5 telescope discovered at a garage sale. The only problem was the tripod was missing a leg. No problem. He managed to find a broom handle and used it as a third leg. And that cheap telescop...

09/10/2021

Dr. John Chadwick has secured a large grant from NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration to study magmatic activity related to volcanic history on Mars. This is a three-year study with co-PIs at Pomona University and the Lunar & Planetary Institute. This effort is for NASA’s Mars Data Analysis Program and the 2020 cycle of applications was very competitive. Besides providing support for John and his colleagues, this award will provide lots of opportunities for students in John’s classes and interested in planetary and remote sensing research.

Dr. John Chadwick has secured a large grant from NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration to study magmatic activity related to volcanic history on Mars. This is a three-year study with co-PIs at Pomona University and the Lunar & Planetary Institute. This effort is for NASA’s Mars Data Analysis Program and the 2020 cycle of applications was very competitive. Besides providing support for John and his colleagues, this award will provide lots of opportunities for students in John’s classes and interested in planetary and remote sensing research.

Photos from College of Charleston Geology Department's post 09/08/2021

TOMORROW we are hosting our first Fall 2021 College of Charleston Geology Department student hour in the main office (SSMB 224)! We want to see your [masked] faces and help you recognize your Geology & Environmental Geosciences office staff! Come hang out with Office Manager Kristen White and Geology Club President + Student Office Assistant Jordan James. We've got swag bags and treats, so be sure to stop by any time between 3:00-4:30 pm! ⚒🐾

Photos from S.C. Sea Grant Consortium's post 08/31/2021

Photos from S.C. Sea Grant Consortium's post

Major in Geology at the College of Charleston 08/25/2021

Major in Geology at the College of Charleston

Small flex for the College of Charleston Geology Department featuring Dr. Scott Persons and Geology alumnus Cole Budi '21. Want to learn more about the program? Contact the department for more info or to schedule a tour!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlW2d5e5oyM
https://geology.cofc.edu/contact/index.php

Major in Geology at the College of Charleston Students who pursuing degrees in Geology or Environmental Geosciences can take a variety of class options that will prepare them for a wide variety ofpotenti...

Photos from College of Charleston Geology Department's post 08/20/2021

Move in is in full swing, so it's time to say goodbye to a FANTASTIC summer of research and field activities! Enjoy this mini photos series of just some of the happenings by our faculty and students this summer!
Dr. John Chadwick and Emily Lowe: Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA
Dr. Adem Ali and Camille Sullivan: Saginaw, MI
Dr. Scott Harris, Hannah Berkimer, Katherine Highfill, and Sean Munson: Charleston, SC and surrounding areas
Dr. Teddy Them, Roxy Buck, Corinne Luksch, and Natalie Sorrem: Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia
Dr. Steve Jaume, Margaret Hanley, Sean Maloney, and GA Tech colleagues: Summerville, SC and surrounding areas
Visit us on Instagram for details on each project! https://www.instagram.com/cofcgeology/

CofC Launches Four New Academic Programs for Fall 2021 08/16/2021

CofC Launches Four New Academic Programs for Fall 2021

Big things happening! Check out this The College Today article on our new Environmental Geosciences (GENV) major & other new major and minor opportunities at College of Charleston!

CofC Launches Four New Academic Programs for Fall 2021 The College of Charleston is always adapting, always growing – taking its direction from the ever-changing needs of the world and its students. That’s why it is launching four new programs of study this fall, ensuring its students are on course for whatever direction they want to go – whether ...

Photos from College of Charleston Geology Department's post 08/10/2021

Traverses Mordor. Makes it out alive. Is that you, Bilbo Baggins? Nope, it's Dr. Scott Persons trekking the Pierre Shale on a fossil hunt! Join the prehistoric adventure this fall in GEOL 240: Dinosaurs & Mass Extinctions. Full post & registration info: https://www.instagram.com/p/CSZz95NrXky/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

08/02/2021

Fall 2021 registration is open again for all students, and we have a few courses with just a handful of seats remaining! GEOL 312: Environmental Field Methods is offered only occasionally and has 6 spots left! Details on IG: https://www.instagram.com/p/CSE75z6n9GW/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Two CofC Professors Receive Fulbright Awards to Teach, Study Abroad 07/26/2021

Two CofC Professors Receive Fulbright Awards to Teach, Study Abroad

A great representative of excellence!

Two CofC Professors Receive Fulbright Awards to Teach, Study Abroad Two College of Charleston professors have received Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program awards for the 2021–22 academic year. Professors Adem Ali and Richard Bodek will head to different parts of the globe in the international educational exchange program to learn and lecture in their respective fields....

Geology Professor Explains Cause of Sinkhole Near Campus 07/06/2021

Geology Professor Explains Cause of Sinkhole Near Campus

"Many wondered, How did that happen? and What is a sinkhole? Thankfully, the College of Charleston has an expert to explain. Professor of Geology and Environmental Geosciences Norman S. Levine studies natural phenomenons like sinkholes and earthquakes. As the director of the Santee Cooper GIS Laboratory, the Lowcountry Hazards Center and the South Carolina Earthquake Education and Preparedness Program, movement within the earth is kind of his thing."

Geology Professor Explains Cause of Sinkhole Near Campus On June 15, 2021, the earth opened up on Coming Street, leaving an 8-foot hole in the middle of a main thoroughfare of the College of Charleston campus. The sinkhole stretched 10 feet in diameter and quickly became the talk of the town. Many wondered, How did that happen? and What is a sinkhole? Tha...

Photos from College of Charleston Geology Department's post 06/28/2021

Dr. Them has been out in the field recently, and took geology students Natalie Sorrem, Roxy Buck, and Corinne Luksch along for some geological experience. They are generating a low-resolution geochemical dataset across ice sheet expansion and contraction during the Mississippian in a shallow water, limestone-dominated section. They are taking measured sections, and have measured ~175 meters so far. Afterwards, they got to go look at Cambrian fossils nearby. The goal is to come back with other groups for a high-resolution integrated sed-geochem-paleo dataset.

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Photos from College of Charleston Geology Department's post 06/21/2021

Paleontology + technology 💻🦖

Dr. Scott Persons took the 3D scanner and solar generator out for some fieldwork to scan a dino trackway in Wyoming. The tracks cannot be collected and year they erode away a little more. That makes creating a digital record of their form extra important!

Learn more in Dr. Persons' GEOL 395-02: Field Studies Paleontology virtual course in Summer-2 (class starts July 13) or GEOL 240: Dinosaurs & Mass Extinctions in Fall 2021!

Timeline Photos 05/13/2021

Timeline Photos

WHAT A VIEW! A NASA astronaut tweeted out a greeting to Charleston from the International Space Station as it passed over our area at 5 miles per second! Check out the second photo here: https://bit.ly/3eHobRi

Photos from College of Charleston Geology Department's post 05/06/2021

Commencement Weekend LET'S GOOOO!
Congrats to all College of Charleston graduating seniors, but SPECIAL congrats to our College of Charleston Geology Department seniors!

We hope a fun-filled weekend of celebrations with family and friends takes the sting out of losing Field Day. 🤣⚒🥳

Don't forget to stop by the photo booth on the 2nd floor of the College of Charleston School of Sciences & Mathematics building and check out the Mace Brown Museum of Natural History at the College of Charleston (open today until 4:00 pm and Friday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm for graduating seniors and their families)!

04/24/2021

Dr. Vijay Vulava captured these cell phone videos this morning from MOUNT PLEASANT, SC of SpaceX #Crew2 launching from NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration in Cape Canaveral, FL. And we're just... blown away. 😅

04/14/2021

Kudos to Dr. Adem Ali who was recently selected as a Fulbright US Scholars Fellow! Dr. Ali will teach and conduct research in South Africa in 2022, and plans to have College of Charleston students join for summer research! https://www.instagram.com/p/CNqbJOAhoZC/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Kudos to Dr. Adem Ali who was recently selected as a Fulbright US Scholars Fellow! Dr. Ali will teach and conduct research in South Africa in 2022, and plans to have College of Charleston students join for summer research! https://www.instagram.com/p/CNqbJOAhoZC/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Photos from College of Charleston School of Sciences & Mathematics's post 04/01/2021

Photos from College of Charleston School of Sciences & Mathematics's post

Photos from College of Charleston Geology Department's post 03/30/2021

ICYMI: Prof Cindy Hall, Dr. Barbara Beckingham, Dr. Tim Callahan, and crew joined Team Walking Cougars for the Water Mission 15th Annual Charleston Walk for Water to bring awareness that every day millions of people have to walk miles and miles just for water. For some, the water source is unprotected and untreated and can make them sick. Each dollar raised by this event will make an impact through a safe water community development project! #walkforwaterCHS

03/25/2021

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03/23/2021

Registration for Fall 2021 begins today by assigned entry date for all currently enrolled students. Registration opens at 8:00 am EST on the designated dates listed.

All Geology majors have an advising hold which prohibits students from being able to register. Check with your advisor about your plan for Fall 2021. Your advisor will notify the department to lift your hold after you have been advised. Don't know who your advisor is? Email Kristen White.

Registration for Fall 2021 begins today by assigned entry date for all currently enrolled students. Registration opens at 8:00 am EST on the designated dates listed.

All Geology majors have an advising hold which prohibits students from being able to register. Check with your advisor about your plan for Fall 2021. Your advisor will notify the department to lift your hold after you have been advised. Don't know who your advisor is? Email Kristen White.

03/18/2021

Summer 2021 Intro to Coastal & Marine Geology

For the first time EVER, GEOL 107: Intro to Coastal & Marine Geology will be offered as a synchronous online summer course! This is the prerequisite for the popular BEAMS program and fills up every single semester.

Summer 2021 registration is now OPEN!

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Summer 2021 Intro to Coastal & Marine Geology
Introduction to Seafloor Mapping
GSA 2020 Virtual Social Hour
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