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Research Opportunities

The geosciences faculty conduct internationally recognized research at the forefront of their fields. Undergraduate students participate actively in this research through independent research projects or employment involving field work, laboratory experiments, or theoretical computer modeling. Students get meaningful hands-on experience as well as a chance to assess various career options. It is common for student research to be published.

Examples of recent student research projects:

  • Modeling 2-D seismic velocity structure of the mantle wedge and its implications on seismic tomography interpretation
  • 3-D reconstruction of sediment deformation processes during footprint formation
  • Insights from quartz cathodoluminescence zoning into the crystallization of a late-orogenic granite pluton in southeastern New England
  • Indetifying the aeolian component of fjord sediments: A grain size analysis in Adventfjorden, Svalbard
  • HPLC-fluorescence detection of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) as a new approach for reconstructing regional fire from sedimentary archive
  • Volatiles in submarine intra-transform lavas
  • Flash weakening of serpentinite at seismic slip rates
  • Recent abnormal shell growth in the northern quahog in Narragansett Bay
  • Carbon cycling in the most recent Hothouse Earth: Compound specific carbon isotope analysis of Eocene Green River strata from the Uinta Basin
  • Finding nature's stories: A model of place-based education
  • The effect of melt migration on the thermal structure at convergent plate boundaries
  • Species differences in nitrate reductase activity in a northeastern temperate forest
  • A bioassay for the devil's element: Understanding phosphorus availability in soils
  • Examining changes in lithology at Galapagos core site CDH3 using XRF (X-ray fluorescence)