Archive for Laura Triplett

Abby Michels: Looking for faults (the geologic kind!) in Santa Rosalia, Mexico

In January 2017 I began researching near Santa Rosalia, Mexico on the Boleo Mineral Mine through a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) with other geology students and professors from both the U.S. and Mexico. Over the course of three weeks, my partner, mentor and I explored around the mine site and mapped the locations of […]

Welcome Dr. Rory McFadden

We welcome Rory McFadden this fall, who joins the Gustavus faculty as a one-year visiting professor to teach the solid earth courses.  Rory has studied structural and tectonic geology all over the world, from Antarctica and Panama to California and New England.  Stop in to say hello, and if you need to identify a mystery […]

Jim Welsh retires into the geological sunset

Jim Welsh retired in May 2017, ending a 37-year era at Gustavus.  Here is a small excerpt from the speech Laura Triplett gave at his retirement dinner: “Indeed, the entire Welshian is defined by Jim’s passionate commitment to the student experience and camaraderie, a fierce belief in the value of the earth sciences, and a […]

When Art and Science Meet: A Geology Museum Update

Last summer, local artist Kay Helms spent a day with Laura and her summer research students in the field.  Some of the photographs she took became part of a traveling Smithsonian exhibit at the Nicollet County Historical Society focused on water.  Now, the photos hang in the Chester A. Johnson Geology Museum on the first […]

Welcome Dr. Andrew Haveles!

This year, Julie is serving as an Associate Provost and Dean of Sciences and Education.  Thankfully, Dr. Andrew Haveles has joined our team for the year!  He’ll be teaching Sedimentary Systems (commonly known as Sed/Strat) and Evolution of the Earth, in addition to some Our Planet labs. Andrew has done fascinating research on small mammal […]

My Life as a Martian Rover: Part II

Ruby Schauffler (Geology ’17) recently spent a few days with scientists from NASA, the Planetary Science Institute and several universities testing equipment that will be installed on the next Martian rover.  Here is the second installment of her field report. Field Day 2 (4/20/16) Today I started at waypoint 4 and was to look at […]

My Life as a Martian Rover: Part I

This April, Ruby Schauffler (Geology, ’17) spent a week in the field with a team of scientists from NASA, the Planetary Science Institute, and several universities.  They were in the Utah desert testing options for how the next Mars rover, scheduled to launch in 2020, will collect geological samples to look for signs of life.  […]

Laura around the world: A report from sabbatical

Greetings Geology people and friends! I am on sabbatical this year and I thought you might be interested to know what, exactly, I’ve been doing.  I’ve had some adventures, some deadlines, and overall a very productive and reflective year so far.  Things I have learned (or re-learned): 1.  A LOT of scientists are interested in […]

Alumni spotlights: Todd Kremmin (’12) and Jeff Allen (’13)

TODD KREMMIN went to work for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation in Houston, Texas, immediately following graduation.  He became a Senior Geosteering Technologist, searching for oil in the famously productive sedimentary rocks of south and west Texas.  Todd’s job was to “steer” the drill bit into the right stratigraphic layer deep underground, and keep it there as it […]

Student Spotlights: Russell Krueger (’17) and Caitlin Clause (’18)

RUSS KRUEGER declared as a Geology major in 2015, and he continues to take upper-level courses in physics, chemistry and mathematics because he loves the challenge.  In 2015, Russ won the prestigious Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  He attended an orientation this summer, and will receive tuition stipends for two […]