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Public Relations:Lee Ann Cox (802)656-1107
Specialty:stratigraphy; sedimentology; deposits in western Vermont; carbonate petrology
Biography:Mehrtens' professional research includes: the Co-GeoMap Program, a joint effort of the State of Vermont and the U.S.G.S. working towards production of a new 1:100,000 bedrock geologic map of the State of Vermont; Middle Ordovician stratigraphy and sedimentology in the Champlain Valley of New York and Vermont; evolution of the Cambrian platform in western Vermont; coral reef sedimentation and land use, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras; and comparison of the Middle Ordovician bryozoan mounds, northern and southern Appalachians. Her research indicating that hurricanes benefit some coral reefs appears in the May 3, 2002 issue of "The Chronicle of Higher Education." Mehtens is director of UVM's Living/Learning Center, a 550-person residence college which sponsors innovative and interdisciplinary academic programming. She recruits faculty to teach at the Center and develop academic and artistic programming. Her honors include UVM's George V. Kidder Outstanding Faculty Award (1991).