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Faculty Research

All ten UVM Geology Faculty members conduct research, therefore the department has an extensive range of projects on all 7 continents. Geology Majors and Graduate Students have a diverse choice of opportunities to work with them on various research projects.

Biogeochemistry, Mineralogy, and Hydrology: Assistant Professor Julia Perdrial studies Earth surface process of carbon and metal dynamics in the Critical Zone, the system spanning from the top of the canopy down to the actively cycled groundwater, using an interdisciplinary approach.

Burlington Landuse and Urban Hydrology: Burlington's loss of green space can be attributed to a number of factors. Professor Paul Bierman enlists the help of students in studying this aspect of the local environment.

Cosmogenic Isotope: Cosmogenic nuclide measurement gives us a way to measure the age of some landforms and the rate at which others change over time. UVM has a highly-specialized cosmogenic isotope laboratory — one of only a handful of labs in the country.

Environmental Stable Isotope: Our stable isotope research lab focuses on these and other research topics: Oxygen isotopic composition of natural waters, nitrogen and carbon isotope ratios of organic materials, carbon and oxygen isotopic composition of carbonate materials.

Environmental Mineralogy:The nanoscale to macroscale investigation of processes that govern contaminant transport in soils and sediments allows us to develop new decontamination strategies in complex systems.

Groundwater Monitoring: UVM's three monitoring well nests collect data for geohydrology, environmental geology, engineering geology, and civil engineering classes throughout the year. This well field has proven an invaluable teaching resource since its installation in 1996.

Modern and Ancient Reefs: Professor Char Mehrtens leads the research on the status of the reef which surrounds Roatan, the largest of the Bay Islands off the coast of Honduras, as well as studies on the "world's oldest reef," located in Vermont.

Mineralogy, Crystal Chemistry, X-ray Crystallography: Research involves unraveling the nature of matter on Earth. Atoms form all Earth materials, and through X-ray crystallography, we work to determine the arrangement of atoms in crystalline Earth materials called minerals.

Northern Appalachian Lower Paleozoic: The research of Char Mehrtens and Keith Klepeis include unraveling the geologic evolution of Vermont and other portions of the northern Appalachians.

Structural Geology and Tectonics:UVM's research in structure and tectonics reaches into New Zealand and British Columbia, as well as delving extensively into that of our home state, Vermont. Read about Keith Klepeis' tectonics research on his website, and on his faculty profile.

Thermochronology and Tectonics: Research at UVM combines field, microstructural and thermochronologic investigations to constrain rates and mechanisms of tectonic processes. Examples of active research projects include the study of exhumation of ultrahigh-pressure rocks in Papua New Guinea and the history of intracontinental deformation in southeastern Mongolia.

Surface Processes: The study of surface processes, lake studies and geochemistry allow us to see how the landscape records environmental change.

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