Cecilia McHugh presents research at ICEEST 2020

Professor Cecilia McHugh Presents Research at International Conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh

On January 25-27, 2020, Professor Cecilia McHugh presented the results of her research on earthquakes at the “International Conference on Earth and Environmental Sciences & Technology for Sustainable Development” (ICEEST) in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Cecilia McHugh presents research at ICEEST 2020
Professor Cecilia McHugh presenting her research at ICEEST 2020
Professor Cecilia McHugh along with VIPs of the conference

Seventy-five scientists representing 21 nations and a large component of Bangladesh dignitaries including Abdul Hamid, the President of Bangladesh, Minister of Education, Vice-Chancellors of Universities, Navy officers, Professors, and students attended the ICEEST 2020. Five scientists represented the US from Vanderbilt University, Lamont and Queens College, CUNY.

Learn more about Professor Cecilia McHugh and her research.

Methods in Geoscience Student Poster Symposium

On Tuesday, December 17th, students from Geology 200 (Methods in Geoscience) presented their final research projects at a poster symposium. For their projects, the class was split into eight groups and sent to Central Park to observe and record data of the outcrops found there. The class measured the azimuth of glacial striations, strike and dip of foliations, and examined the rock types they found. Their data was compiled and shared with the rest of the class and then each group researched the geology of area to reach conclusions about their findings. 

This project is an excellent opportunity to prepare our students for research and presenting it to a professional audience.

Below are some pictures of the event:


SEES Student Poster Symposium

On Wednesday December 4th, undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs presented their research at the first SEES Student Poster Symposium. Topics included volcanology, geochemistry, geomorphology, climate change, and more! This event allowed our majors the to present their research in an inviting environment to prepare them for presenting at larger conferences.

SEES Students Present Research at Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

On Nov. 22nd, the 3rd VolcaNYC symposium took place at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and SEES had strong representation, with 9 presentations (8 from students). In the picture, from top left to bottom right:


  • Silvio Aldebot (undergraduate)
  • Emilio Tesin (undergraduate)
  • Steven Karaduzovic (undergraduate)
  • John Zayac (PhD)
  • Lisa Hlinka (PhD)
  • Jazlyn Natalie (MA)
  • Samantha Tramontano (PhD)
  • Shuo Ding (postdoc)
  • Marc-Antoine Longpré
  • Lauren Schmahl (undergraduate)
  • Lexi Kenis (undergraduate)

SEES Alumni has Paper Published in Marine Pollution Bulletin

Michael Kausch has had his most recent paper, "Bacterial quality of groundwater downgradient of onsite wastewater disposal systems and the influence on eastern Long Island's embayments" published in the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin.

Michael is an alumni of SEES, having graduated in 2014 with a MS in Applied Environmental Geosciences where he worked under SEES Professor Gregory O'Mullan, and is currently pursing a PhD in Aquitic Ecology at Fordham University. He conducted his research for the paper in Dr. O'Mullan's lab here at Queens College and at the USGS.

From the abstract:

Onsite wastewater disposal systems (OWDS) can introduce bacterial and chemical contaminants, via groundwater, into aquifers and adjacent waterways. We evaluated the concentration of fecal indicator bacteria (FIB) and antibiotic resistant bacteria (ARB) in the shallow groundwater of Eastern Long Island, New York, downgradient of OWDS using cultivation approaches and analysis of 16 S rRNA genes. While FIB and ARB were detected in 80% and 67% of groundwater samples, respectively, concentrations were low, suggesting that, at least at the time of sampling, groundwater was not a large-scale source of fecal bacterial contamination to adjacent embayments. ARB isolates did not include common fecal associated genera and the concentration of FIB and ARB did not correlate well with the concentration of pharmaceutical contaminants, suggesting that bacterial contaminants were poorly linked to OWDS discharge. Concentrations of FIB in the studied embayments were significantly greater in nearshore compared to mid-channel environments, suggesting that land-based sources are likely to be the major contributors of bacterial contamination.

You can read the paper in its entirety here

Professor Cecilia McHugh to present Seminar at American Museum of Natural History

Professor Cecilia McHugh will be presenting a seminar at 1:15 PM at the American Museum of Natural History on October 24th, 2019. Her talk is titled “Submarine paleoseismology as a tool for identifying earthquakes and tsunamis: Lessons learned and future challenges” and will be held in The AMNH Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences on the fourth floor in the Wallach Orientation Center on the south or 77th Street side of the building. Faculty and students are welcome to attend!

More information here

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