Independent and original research is a valuable part of an undergraduate education as a Geology major, and all Geology majors complete a research project during their senior year. Senior research provides students the opportunity to explore a particular sub-discipline of geology in detail and to apply the research skills that they have mastered in their geology coursework to a specific research question they find fascinating.

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Geology Senior Theses from 2021

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Colonial National Historical Park Paleontological Resource Inventory, Mackenzie Chriscoe

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Monitoring performance of shallow, subtidal restoration oyster reefs using advanced technologies: A case study on Felgates Creek reef (York River, VA), Kate Dean-McKinney

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The effects of the end-Cretaceous mass extinction on phylogenetic relationships in Crassatellidae (Mollusca, Bivalvia) from the U.S. Gulf Coastal Plain, Rosemary Guardado

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Hidden Levees: Efficacy of small-scale barriers to sea level driven marsh migration on rural coasts, Emily Hall

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Kinematics and Geochemistry of Fault Zones in Soapstone at the Dominion Quarry, Eastern Blue Ridge, Virginia, Junhao Hu

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Validation of the Derivative Radon-Risk Map of Williamsburg, VA, Heather Macdonald

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Numerical Modeling of Compounding Flooding During Hurricanes in the Charleston Harbor and Savannah River Watersheds, Breanna Maldonado

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Urbanization and Zinc Concentrations in the Lake Matoaka Watershed, Greta Mattheis

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Structural Geometry of Mafic/Ultramafic Bodies Near Schuyler in the Eastern Blue Ridge, Central Virginia, Gabriel Mojica

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A Holocene record of tephra deposition from lake Kirkjuvatn, Faroe Islands, Lindsay Moller

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Size and age structure of modern Crassostrea virginica in lower Chesapeake Bay, Colleen C. Norton

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Urban Runoff and Atmospheric Deposition as Zinc Sources in Two Distinct Watersheds, Chris Pardo

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Kinematic and vorticity analysis of quartzite from the Evington Group, eastern Blue Ridge, Virginia, Olivia Pearson

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Mapping and Analyzing Millpond Watersheds in Williamsburg, VA using Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing, Andrew Peck

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Developing a Fossil Exhibit at York River State Park (James City County, Virginia), Megan Sidlo

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Isolation basin records constrain late Holocene sea-level trends in northern Norway, Sarah Snipes

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Quantifying Morphological Variation in the Ornament and Shape of Dermal Scutes in Sturgeon (Acipenseridae), Chris Snyder

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The Importance of the Sedimentology of Dunes in the Protection from Sea Level Rise, Melanie Strik

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Tectonic Inversion in the Sherando 7.5' Quadrangle, Blue Ridge Province, Virginia, Kelly Thigpen

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The Origin and Significance of Metamorphosed Ultramafic Rocks in the Chopawamsic Terrane, Buckner Quadrangle, Virginia, Nicholas Vaka

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HOLOCENE TRENDS IN BIOGENIC SILICA REVEALED BY FTIR SPECTROSCOPY APPLIED TO A LAKE SEDIMENT RECORD FROM NORTHERN NORWAY, Caitlin Walker