University of Michigan EARTH eNews: May 2019

Dear Alumni and Friends,
With this eNews we say goodbye to another graduating class. Soon, many of us will be leaving Ann Arbor for field work. Some will teach at Camp Davis, and we look forward to the Camp Davis 90th Anniversary Reunion & Student Cabin and Recreation Hall Dedication. We look forward to reporting on a busy and productive summer when we return in September. Until then, be well, and let us know what you've been up to so that we may include it in the newsletter.

Sincerely, Adam Simon and Kacey Lohmann

Commencement 2019
Congratulations to our 2019 graduates. The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences commends you for your dedication and contribution to what makes us great. Good luck in all you do.

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Commencement Reception
Family, friends, faculty and staff gathered on the afternoon of May 3 to celebrate commencement 2019. We look forward to hearing from our graduates as they go forward in coming years. Thanks to you all.

Photos by: Dale Austin

Congratulations to the 2019 Michigan Geophysical Union Award Winners!

The annual Michigan Geophysical Union Research Symposium poster session was held on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. Seven MichiganEarth student posters win awards.

Climate/Environment 1st place: Fabian Hardy - Temporal distribution and tectonic association of vertebrate fossils in the Middle-Miocene Dove Spring Formation, California

Colleen Yancey - Determining the Spatial and Temporal Variation in Natural Product Distribution in Western Lake Erie CHABs: Insights into Microcystis Bioactive Compound Potential

Climate/Environment  2nd place: Meg Veitch - A "Deeper" Understanding: Decreasing predation intensity with increasing depth supports the Mesozoic Marine Revolution hypothesis for stalked crinoids' disappearance from shallow water

Solid Earth 1st place: Kirk Townsend - The co-evolution of rock strength and relief during the early stages of mountain building

Solid Earth 2nd place: Sha Chen - Volatile element study in lunar melt inclusions

People's Choice: James Andrews - Anatomy and implications of the earliest crown squirrelfish (Teleostei: Holocentridae)

Undergraduate Poster: Serena Scholz - Clumped isotope calibration for marine gastropods

Photo-L-R: Fabian Hardy, Colleen Yancy, Kirk Townsend, Sha Chen, Meg Veitch, Serena Scholz (not shown James Andrews) Photo by: Dale Austin

EARTH 467: Grand Ledge Michigan and Ohio Field Trips
Naomi Levin took the EARTH 467 (Stratigraphy and Basin Analysis) students on two field trips this Winter term. The first was a day trip to the Pennsylvanian strata in Grand Ledge, MI in mid-March to practice measuring section and making field observations. Although it was sunny when the group left it was a cold day to be measuring section, especially next to a frozen quarry pond. But the students persevered, digging through the frozen clay-rich units and staying warm enough to make field observations in sub-ideal conditions and hone their skills with Jacob staffs and bruntons. All of this practice made the weekend trip to the Ordivician and Silurian outcrops in Ohio in early April easier and more productive. The warm weather and clear skies were also help. The group (13 undergrads and 9 grad students) made stops to Silurian outcrops in northern Ohio along the Maumee River and then focused on the Ordivician and Silurian rocks exposed east of Dayton. The trip's focus on field observations of lithology, thicknesses, water depth indicators and paleogeography culminated in the students' final report on the paleogeography and subsidence history of subsidence of the region.

Photos courtesy of:: Naomi Levin

Structure Fieldtrip
Supported by the Department's fieldtrip fund, the 2019 Earth Structure trip took 29 undergraduates, 3 gradstudents and a dapper professor to the Maryland Appalachians. Torrential rains getting their and back, but glorious sunny days in the field.  Lots of folds, faults and fractures as we traversed from East to West, from the Blue Ridge into the Valley and Ridge. The image collage shows our walk to the first stop at folded and cleaved Bloomsburg/Wills Creek sandstone at Roundtop, examining outcrop-scale structures in folded Tonoloway limestone, and a large ramp anticline in Tuscarora sandstone at Wills Creek overlook.  Five star dinners at the Park'nDine and World Buffet offered welcome endings to each field day.

Photos courtesy of: Ben van der Pluijm

Camp Davis 90th Anniversary Registration is Now Closed
The response to the Camp Davis Dedication and Reunion has been gratifying. The roughly 90 people attending have filled the available places. We're looking forward to a great time.

Photo: Nikolas Midttun, 2018

More news, events, and general interest articles can be found on the department web site. You can follow the field trips, research, and Camp Davis on Twitter and Instagram

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