Undergraduate Research Projects
Undergraduate research focuses on developing and enhancing observational, critical thinking, and technical writing skills. Projects vary in scope with most involving a component of field work combined with petrographic and/or other quantitative analysis. Listed below are the students and projects that I have mentored over the past few years at Bridgewater State University. These projects were made possible by the generosity of the Bridgewater State University Foundation which supports vital programs such as the Adrian Tinsley Program for undergraduate research.
Autumn Burrell, Geochemical analysis of the basaltic rocks from volcanoes of the Hawaiian Island: Implications for their evolutionary stage of development. BSU Symposium Poster
Chris Crowley, Tectonic origins of Precambrian Granitic Gneisses & Amphibolites from the Spanish Peaks-Gallatin Mountain range, SW Montana. BSU Symposium Poster
Jeremy Frodyma, Origin and Tectonic Implications for Granite Bodies at Fort Phoenix State Reservation and the Permian-Aged Narragansett Pier Granite Using Whole-Rock Geochemistry. BSU Symposium Poster
Lauren Bell, Timing of deformation associated with a major ductile shear zone, Ruby Mountains, SW Montana. GSA Poster
Allen Schaen, 40Ar/39Ar laser dating and provenance of micas from the Teddy Creek Group, SW Montana. GSA Poster
Renee Holt, Sedimentary Petrology of the Teddy Creek Group, Blacktail Mountains, Montana: Implications for provenance and landscape evolution. GSA Poster; Undergraduate Review article
Jessica Sousa, Petrologic investigation of amphibolites across a major ductile shear zone in the Ruby Mountains, SW Montana: Implications for the nature of early Proterozoic(?) mafic magmatism. GSA Poster
Jessica Sousa, Kinematic analysis of mylonitic rocks, southern Ruby Mountains, SW Montana: Evidence for Proterozoic orogenic crustal thickening and topographic collapse. Undergraduate Review article pages 57-63.
Rene Olsen, Kinematic and microstructural study of mylonitic rocks from the Ruby Mountains, southwest Montana.
Amy Saccoccio, Petrography and geochemistry of Cenozoic basalt flows within the Blacktail Mountains and Ruby Mountains, SW Montana.
Emily Clement, Field and Petrographic Investigation of the Lone Mountain Intrusion and Associated Effects of Contact Metamorphism, Gallatin Range, Montana. NCUR Poster
Ashlee Kirkwood, Petrographic analysis of a drill core from the Narragansett Basin, Somerset, Massachusetts.
Elizabeth (Lynn) Connell, Microstructural Analysis of the Rhode Island Formation, Narragansett Basin, MA. GSA Poster
Lisa Baltimore, Development of lab assignments for secondary education in Earth Science.
Crystal Cakounes, Development of Earth Science labs for elementary education.
Daniel Callahan, Geologic mapping and analysis of sedimentary rocks in the Teddy Creek drainage, Blacktail Mountains, Montana.
Amanda Craig, Petrographic Analysis of Core # 47, Halifax Massachusetts.
Russ McCormick, Field, Petrographic, & Geochemical characteristics of the Price Creek volcanics, southeast Blacktail Mountains. GSA Poster
Erin Nevens, Petrographic analysis of metamorphic rocks at Black Rock Beach, Cohasett MA. GSA Poster
Michael Robbins, Petrographic and Paleo-Depositional Analysis of the Northern Narragansett Basin Through Drill Core Observation. ATP Poster
Nicholas Rofe, Geologic mapping of volcanic rocks in the Blacktail Mountains, Montana.
Mathew Brennan, Geologic history of Borderland State Park, Easton MA.
Adrian Tinsley Program Summer Scholars
Jessica Sousa, Kinematic and microstructural analysis of ductile shear zones, Ruby Mountains, Montana
Emily Clement, Field and Petrographic Investigation of the Lone Mountain Intrusion and Associated Effects of Contact Metamorphism, Gallatin Range, Montana
Ashlee Kirkwood, Petrographic analysis of a drill core from the Narragansett Basin, Somerset, Massachusetts
Elizabeth (Lynn) Connell, Microstructural Analysis of the Rhode Island Formation, Narragansett Basin, MA
Daniel Callahan, Sedimentary Petrology of the Teddy Creek Group, Blacktail Mountains, Montana
Erin Nevens, Geologic Mapping and Petrographic Analysis of Metamorphic Rocks from Black Rock Beach, Cohasset, Massachusetts
Nicholas Rofe, Geologic mapping of volcanic rocks in the Blacktail Mountains, Montana
Mathew Brennan, Geologic history of the Easton and Sharon border, southeastern Massachusetts
Adrian Tinsley Program Semester Grant Recipients
Erin Nevens, Geochemical constraints on the timing of basaltic magmatism at Black Rock Beach, Cohasset, MA
Russ McCormick, Geochemical analysis of the Price Creek and Dillon Volcanics, Blacktail Mountains, Montana
Michael Robbins, Petrographic and Paleo-Depositional Analysis of Drill Core Samples from the Northeastern Portion of the Narragansett Basin, Massachusetts
Erin Nevens, Unraveling the Geologic History of the Avalon Terrane in Massachusetts: Field Observations and Petrographic Analysis
Russ McCormick, Petrographic Comparison between Price Creek, Teddy Creek and the Dillon Volcanics, Southwestern Montana
Nicholas Rofe, Petrographic analysis of volcanic rock samples collected from the Blacktail Mountains, Montana
Matthew Brennan, Geologic history of Borderland State Park, Easton MA