Summer 2022 Research Students Selected

I am pleased to announce that I have selected four stellar research students for the summer of 2022 Finger Lake research program. Julia Rogerson ’23, Kate Burns ’23, Carlo Tobia ’23, and Jack Masman ’24 will be working with me during the month of June, analyzing the diatoms and shells captured in the cores from Conesus Lake. Congratulations!

Looking for New Undergraduate Students for Summer Research

I am looking for four new undergraduate students to start research with me this summer (June 2022). This research will be lab-based where we will investigate the geohistorical record of Conesus Lake from lake cores collected from last field season. We will be using fossils as proxies and archives of past environmental change. Research will involve microscopy and high-precision analytical techniques to uncover the past 300-400 years of change in the lake captured by the phytoplankton and invertebrates living in the lake. To apply: https://forms.gle/mutXnpxRVQX9EEJK8

See the Flyer advertising this summer’s research here:

Undergraduate Research Students presenting posters at NEGSA in Lancaster, PA – March 20

Undergraduate research students: Griffin Rose (’22), Kaitlyn Gerstler (’23), and Julia Rogerson (’23) are presenting their ongoing research on the sediments and diatoms of Conesus Lake at the Northeastern sectional meeting of the Geological Society of America on March 20. If you are attending the conference, please check out their posters this upcoming Sunday!

Booth No. 27 – 10-2 – A STUDY OF SEDIMENTATION RATE AND ELEMENTAL TRENDS IN THE NORTH AND SOUTH BASINS OF CONESUS LAKE, WESTERN NEW YORK

Booth No. 12 – 6-5 – AN INVESTIGATION OF DIATOM MORPHOMETRY AND POPULATION IN THE SEDIMENTARY ARCHIVE OF CONESUS LAKE IN WESTERN NEW YORK

All posters will be at the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square – Freedom Hall A on Sunday, March 20

Kaitlyn Gerstler (’23) receives the DAAD Rise Award!

Kaitlyn Gerstler is a junior geology major in my research group, she has just been awarded a well-deserved award to study the Schweriner See at the University of Greifswald’s Institute for Geography and Geology in Greifswald, Germany. She will be spending her summer researching the lake sediments in the Schweriner See to observe the human impact and environmental change of one of Germany’s largest lakes. Congratulations Kaitlyn!

Undergraduate Students Presenting at Portland GSA!

Griffin Rose, Kaitlyn Gerstler and Emily Abbati are attending the National GSA meeting in person at Portland, OR in October. Please look for thier poster during the Monday poster session!

Booth No. 108 93-9 – AN INVESTIGATION OF FINGER LAKE SEDIMENTOLOGY AND MICRO-ALGAL COMMUNITIES IN WESTERN NEW YORK

ABBATI, Emily1, GERSTLER, Kaitlyn1, ROSE, Griffin1, GAHLOD, Shekhar2, MORGAN, Justin2, RIOS, Pablo2, STREET, Christian2, MICHELSON, Andrew V.2 and WITTMER, Jacalyn1, (1)Geological Sciences, SUNY Geneseo, 1 College Circle, Geneseo, NY 14454, (2)Science Department, SUNY Maritime College, 6 Pennyfield Ave, Bronx, NY 10465-4127 

https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2021AM/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/369884

Undergraduate Research Abstract Accepted at Portland GSA!

After the conclusion of our summer research, the students wrote poster abstracts to present their work at the National Geological Society of America conference in Portland. All three abstracts (1 from Geneseo and 2 from Maritime) have been accepted.

Abstract 1: AN INVESTIGATION OF FINGER LAKE SEDIMENTOLOGY AND MICRO-ALGAL COMMUNITIES IN WESTERN NEW YORK

Monday, October 11 D20. Recent Advances in Paleontology Poster Session

Abstract 2: A DICHOTOMOUS KEY TO QUICKLY DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN OSTRACODES TO ESTABLISH PRE-EUROPEAN ECOSYSTEM STATE FROM CONESUS LAKE

Sunday, October 10 D18. Recent Advances in Paleontology Poster Session

Abstract 3: SUBFOSSIL OSTRACODES REVEAL ONGOING REMEDIATION EFFORTS IN CONESUS LAKE RECREATING PRE-EUROPEAN ECOSYSTEM STATE

Monday, October 11 D20. Recent Advances in Paleontology Poster Session

Summer 2021 Research Complete!

During the month of June, me and my undergraduate students from SUNY Geneseo and students from SUNY Maritime working with Dr. Andy Michelson completed a successful field collection of six cores, two deep cores and four shallow cores! We are now working on processing the cores and are planning on presenting our preliminary findings at the national conference for the Geological Society of America in Portland.