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Chair's Message

CHar Mehrtens

Greetings from the corner office of Delehanty Hall. After two sequential fall semester sabbaticals, I am back Chairing full time. It will be my last as Chair, however. I decided, thanks to the sabbatical, that there is much life after administration, so I decided to step down after July 1st and return full time to teaching and research. Read more.

Faculty Research Updates

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John Hughes: Crystal structure studies , examining minerals from around the world and the moon.

Keith Klepeis (pictured, left): Recently ran five expeditions to some of the largest and wildest fjords in Patagonia, including the Beagle Channel (other visitors to Beagle include Charles Darwin).

Greg Druschel has recently survived multiple SCUBA dives amidst the blue-gren algae blooms in Lake Champlain, as part of his research on nutrient recycling

Char Mehrtens: Slogging through Washington, D.C. bureaucracy to get the Isle la Motte and Valcour Island exposures named "National Natural Landmark" by the National Park Service.

These are just some highlights. Read more ....

Faculty Spotlight: Laura Webb

Laura Webb Newest faculty member Laura Webb’s research investigates how continents internally deform in response to major tectonic events such as continent-continent collisions, using the continent of Asia as a natural laboratory. Her research is employing the tools of structural geology, geochronology, and stratigraphy to reconstruct the evolution of basins along the East Gobi Fault Zone, Mongolia. This region has been cited as a model of Asian “tectonic collage," and her project is testing the hypothesis that the East Gobi Fault Zone reactivates an ancient (Paleozoic) suture between two continental blocks. In addition to field work to collect data to test this hypothesis, geochronologic data are collected to evaluate the timing of deformation and sedimentary basin formation. Laura’s work with Mongolian colleagues and UVM grad and undergrad students in this region suggests that this intracontinental fault zone was reactivated at least five times over the last ~240 million years and the timing of each phase of deformation coincides with major events in the growth and amalgamation of the Asian continent. The multidisciplinary nature of the collaboration highlights the power of integration of diverse geologic datasets to address a complex set of questions. Support for the project is provided by the National Science Foundation Tectonics Program and by the East Asia and Pacific Group of the Office of International Science and Engineering.

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