Alumni at 2007 American Geophysical Meeting
The American Geophysical (AGU) in San Francisco this week is estimated attracted over 15,000 scientists.
The American Geophysical (AGU) Meeting at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco this week is estimated to have attracted over 15,000 scientists from around the world for the premier meeting of the Earth and space sciences, surpassing last year’s record attendance. Some 540 sessions cover the latest research in fields as diverse as climate change, space weather, planetary exploration, volcanism and seismology, and Earth’s magnetic field.
Dr. Vollmer, currently at the meeting, reports a number of New Paltz Alumni giving papers or attending including Dr. David P. Gillikin (BS '94), Visiting Assistant Professor of Geology at Vassar College, Matthew Whitaker (BS '02), Ph.D. student in Experimental Geochemistry/Mineral Physics at Stony Brook, and Dr. Jonathan Caine (MA '91) of the United States Geological Survey.
Dr. David Gillikin at the AGU Poster Sessions where he presented on carbon isotopes in mussel shells.
Dr. Gillikin is presiding over a session entitled Frontiers in Biomineralization Research: Processes, Geochemical Signatures, and Responses to Global Change, and is presenting his poster Ontogenic Increase of Metabolic Carbon in Freshwater Mussel Shells where he discusses metabolic factors that effect the use of stable carbon isotopes in temperature determinations.
Dr. Vollmer and Matt Whitaker at Matt's presentation on iron sulfide phase transitions in a Mineral Physics Session.
Whitaker is presenting his paper Sound Velocities of Iron Sulfide at High Pressure and High Temperature in a Mineral Physics Session on the Structure and Properties of Silicate Melts, which documents a newly discovered phase transition in FeS. These studies are significant for the structure and composition of planetary cores.
Dr. Caine is coauthoring a poster entitled Characterizing Fault Zone Permeability Through Integrated Geophysical and Hydrological Data, Elkhorn Fault, Park County, Colorado, which integrates structural, geophysical, and hydrologic data in a study of water flow through fractured materials.
If Dr. Vollmer missed catching up with other alumni at the meeting please let him know!