Geology News

Denniston co-authors paper that solves climate puzzle

Rhawn Denniston, geology professor at Cornell College and chair of the Environmental Studies program, is the co-author of a paper that solves a long-standing controversy about ancient climate change. Read More

SIG Talk “Studying the Past, Defining the Future”

Dr. John D. Orcutt in the department of Geology presented "Studying the Past, Defining the Future: Mammals and Their Environments in the Ice Age and the 21st Century." Read More

Herb Hendriks ’40, 1918-2014

Herbert E. Hendriks '40, emeritus professor of geology, died March 11 in Cedar Rapids. He was 96. Read More

Geology course attends national conference

Emily Walsh’s igneous petrology course traveled to Denver at the beginning of Block 3 for the 125th Geological Society of America annual conference. The 10-student class networked with graduate school representatives and professionals in the field during presentations and career lunches. Read More

Big stories from tiny minerals

"Big stories from tiny minerals: Using mineral age to answer tectonic questions in the Western Gneiss region, Norway," presented by Emily Walsh, associate professor of Geology, Thursday, Nov. 14. West Science, Room 100. Read More

Sparks from the Rockpile 2013

Geology students and faculty have been busy conducting research and traveling to the far corners of the globe. Check out the 2013 issue of Sparks from the Rockpile to learn more. Read More

Parallel first-year courses join for consumption studies

Parallel First-year Seminars in sociology and geology explored the topic of consumption, presenting their work on the Orange Carpet to students, faculty and staff. Read More

Geology majors doing summer research

Several Cornell College geology majors will be doing research over the summer, both on campus and off, including some who have won fellowships from National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates summer program. Read More

Geology professor gets $30,000 grant

Rhawn Denniston, professor of geology at Cornell College, has won a $30,000 grant to study stalagmites for evidence of long-term climate change. Read More

Six courses traveled to tropical field stations in February

Fifty-seven students joined their Cornell professors for courses in the Bahamas and Belize during block 6. Cornell courses have traveled to the Gerace Research Center in the Bahamas for years, and 2013 marked the third annual trip to a field station in Latin America. Read More

Greenstein does field work in W. Australia

Geology Professor and Associate Dean of the College Ben Greenstein did research and presented at a conference in Australia before traveling to Chicago to attend the National Conference on Student Recruitment, Marketing and Retention. Read More

Geology majors earn summer research placements

This summer several geology majors will be participating in prestigious off-campus research and outreach experiences. Read More

Explosive lesson in how volcanoes work

Students in Emily Walsh’s Igneous Petrology class got an explosive demonstration on volcanoes. Walsh and UI assistant professor Ingrid Uktins Peate used water, a trash can and liquid nitrogen to explain how volcanic pressure builds and then explodes. Read More

Sophomore geology major publishes work

Claire LaBarbera, a sophomore geology major from Chicago, had a paper she co-wrote published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. LaBarbera performed the research that led to the publication of “Traveling supraglacial lakes on George VI Ice Shelf, Antarctica” at a summer program at the University of Chicago, but the article lists her affiliation with […] Read More

Greenstein lectures on reef development in an area of low hurricane frequency

Ben Greenstein, professor of geology, will give a lecture on Jan 26th titled “Coral reef development in an area of low hurricane frequency: Curacao (formerly the Netherlands Antilles).” Spectacular exposures of 125,000-year-old fossil coral reefs have been lifted 10 meters above sea level by tectonic forces on the island of Curacao. The resulting cliffs provide […] Read More

Denniston lectures on stalagmite research for analyzing hurricane activity

Rhawn Denniston, Associate Professor of Geology will give a lecture on Oct 20th entitled “Reconstructing 5,000 Years of Hurricane Activity across the Northern Australia Coast using Stalagmites.” Our ability to recognize trends in hurricane activity is complicated by short and often incomplete historical records. As a means of extending the time frame of these records, […] Read More

Geology professor interviewed in “The Atlantic”

Geology Professor Rhawn Denniston was interviewed by The Atlantic for its recurring Nine and a Half Questions feature. The conversation covers his work at Cornell, his paleoclimatology research and the future of sustainable energy. Denniston, who recently got a $98,000 National Science Foundation grant to study ancient weather patterns, also talks about the importance he places […] Read More

Geology professor gets $98,000 NSF grant

Rhawn Denniston, associate professor of geology, has been awarded a $98,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study pre-historical hurricane activity in tropical northern Australia. This research continues Denniston’s work on stalagmites and involves field work in caves in the remote Kimberley region of Australia, as well as laboratory work at the University of New […] Read More

Students working on summer research

Cornell has a tradition of involving students in research over the summer, both on campus and off. Here is a look at some of the research students are performing this year. Two Cornell College geology majors have been awarded summer Research Experience for Undergraduates fellowships by the National Science Foundation, the first time two Cornell […] Read More

SIG Lecture

On Nov 9th, Dr. Karl-Heinz Wyrwoll, visiting presidential fellow, will present a lecture on “The Paleoclimatic Evolution of the Monsoon Environment of Northern Australia: From Plate Tectonics to Aboriginal Vegetation Burning.” The seminar will outline the controls of the northern Australian summer monsoon at time scales ranging from those of plate tectonics to the likely […] Read More