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    Alex MarcucciEnvironmental sciences major, watershed steward & restoration intern, valued service-learning courses, environmental scientist with consulting firm. More about Alex

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    Maya ThomasEnvironmental sciences major, GIS minor, research internships, GIS specialist with consulting firm. More about Maya

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    "I knew I would be surrounded by individuals who shared many of the same passions."— Carson Casey

    Carson Casey Natural resources major, student government, research on clean energy for Vermont legislature, study abroad in Tanzania, job in renewable energy education. More about Carson

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    "I wanted to become more fluent in the natural history of the region and gain the skills needed to get my students learning outside." — Ryan Morra

    Ryan MorraMaster's degree in natural resources, project in Puerto Rico, professional development programs in sustainability for educators. More about Ryan

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    "I learned that science can provide you with the outdoor adventure of a lifetime." — Ryan Sleeper

    Ryan SleeperEnvironmental sciences major, graduate student in natural resources, field research in Alaska, job with environmental consulting company. More about Ryan

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Wednesday July 1, 2015
Understanding High-Latitude Landscape Development in the Presence of Non-Erosive Glacial Ice

By Lee Corbett

Seminar: 1:00PM, Aiken 311
Defense: 2:00PM, Aiken 311

Paul Bierman, PhD, RSENR and Geology, Advisor
Andrea Lini, PhD, Geology, Chair
Jeff Hughes, PhD, RSENR and Plant Biology
Shelly Rayback, PhD, Geography

High latitude landscapes are complex and their evolution over time is not well constrained. However, due to modern climate change and the warming of the Arctic, these lands are now the subject of management decisions regarding the future of development and resource extraction. Hence, the scientific understanding of these landscapes lags behind the need to make management decisions concerning them.

For my doctoral dissertation, I will utilize cosmogenic nuclides (10Be and 26Al) to constrain the evolution of high latitude landscapes preserved beneath cold-based, non-erosive glacial ice. Such ancient landscapes violate the assumptions of traditional cosmogenic exposure dating and require alternate approaches for extracting information about their development over long timescales. I will work in two areas in the Arctic (Thule, northwest Greenland and Baffin Island, Canada) to refine the approaches used for extracting information from landscapes preserved beneath non-erosive ice and will utilize cosmogenic nuclides to make inferences about long-term subglacial landscape evolution and glacial history.

In Thule, northwest Greenland, I will employ analysis of 10Be and 26Al in 28 glacially-deposited boulders. I seek to constrain the chronology of deglaciation, make inferences about long-term subglacial preservation of surfaces, and study the recycling of glacial sediments over numerous glacial-interglacial periods. In Baffin Island, Canada, I will employ analysis of 10Be and 26Al in 155 bedrock and boulder samples. I seek to use this large dataset to understand the large-scale trends of age and development on a landscape preserved beneath non-erosive glacial ice. As part of both projects, I will enhance the methods used to both prepare samples and numerically model possible exposure and burial
Friday July 3, 2015
Wednesday August 26, 2015
11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. + RSENR State of the School
Lunch at 12:15

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