Environmental Geologist John Rayburn Joins the Geology Department
On top of a flood deposited Potsdam Sandstone boulder on Cobblestone Hill (Altona, NY). The boulder, as well as all the others that make up cobblestone hill were deposited during a flood from glacial Lake Iroquois into glacial Lake Vermont. John is taking samples for 10-Be cosmogenic exposure dating with Jason Briner (SUNY Buffalo) and David Franzi (SUNY Plattsburgh).
The Geology Department is pleased to welcome the newest addition to our faculty, Dr. John Rayburn. Dr. Rayburn entered the department in Fall 2007 and will be teaching courses within the Geology and Environmental Geochemical Science programs. He is well acquainted with the SUNY system, having completed his B.S. in Geology at Plattsburgh, and his Ph.D. at Binghampton University. Dr. Rayburn also has B.A. in Economics from St. Lawrence, and a M.Sc. in Geology from the University of Manitoba. He specializes in glacial geology, geomorphology, and paleoclimate studies.
Dr. Rayburn is excited to have arrived at New Paltz and already has numerous projects in mind for undergraduate research. We are delighted to welcome him.
Leading the discussion on varve chronology in the Champlain Valley during the 2007 Northeastern Friends of the Pleistocene (FOP) field trip.
Taking sediment cores of Lake Champlain from the University of Vermont research vessel Melosira, along with Drs. Pat and Tom Manley (Middlebury College), David Franzi (SUNY Plattsburgh), Peter Knuepfer (SUNY Binghamton) and Tom Cronin (USGS).
Taking sediment cores on frozen Lake Champlain in early March with Drs. David DeSimone (VT. Geological Survey), Bill Kelly (NY. Geological Survey), and David Franzi (SUNY Plattsburgh).