Archive for August, 2011

A beautiful day for collecting mud

As part of the Geology major at Gustavus, all students are required to conduct original research culminating in a senior thesis.  For his thesis, Nick Alverson (’12, Geology and Environmental Studies double-major) is investigating how sediment particles and arsenic, a toxic pollutant, are transported through streams and lakes.  Last week, Nick, Emily Seelen (’13, Biology […]

Studying beach dunes — in Wisconsin!

Rachel Oien (’13), pictured kneeling above, spent this summer studying sand dunes in Wisconsin as part of a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates program.  In the photo, she and her field partner were collecting samples for optically-stimulated luminescence dating.  She writes: “My REU was Dune Undergraduate Geomorphology and Geochronology (DUGG).  I was working […]