Inva is an MA graduate student and is interested in paleoceanography, paleoclimate, micropaleontology, global warming, and geochemistry. After graduating from Texas A&M University with a B.S degree in Geology, she worked for International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) as a Research Associate/Curatorial Specialist. Inva sailed four expeditions on JOIDES Resolution, where she helped facilitate science and scientists from around the world by conducting research and acquiring core data from deep sea drilling cores. Particularly her masters research at CUNY is focused on Paleoceanography and Paleoclimate changes over the newly discovered continent of Zealandia during the Middle Miocene (18 Ma-13 Ma). She is looking at different geochemical means, using carbon and oxygen isotopes (δ18O and δ13C) of benthic foraminifera; Cibicidoides mundulus and/or Oridorsalis umbonatus, and ice volume changes to better understand the climate variation during Middle Miocene and predict CO2 and climate evolution in the future. Also, she is using XRF data, and calcerous nannofossil biostratigraphy to develop a high-resolution age model of the core.
Braha. I., Hager. E., Levay. L. “Calcareous nannofossils and bulk calcium carbonate measurements from Site U1418, Gulf of Alaska” Submitted to: Proceedings of the Integrated Ocean Drilling program, 341. (in progress)
Michael Delligatti is a MAT student at Queens College. His research is focused on the impacts of storms within the Long Island Sound and included examining changes in grain size, lithology, and physical properties in core and grab samples. Michael’s graduate study is focused on science education. His philosophy of education is to provide students with the confidence and power that knowledge delivers. As an educator with a strong passion for Geology, he strives to inspire and bring awareness to his students about the planet we call home. He wants his students to understand the processes behind this world and ultimately give back to society in a positive way. He believes every student has the capacity to do something rewarding in their lives, and it just takes a moment for them to realize that.
Emma Garrison is an MA student in the Geological and Environmental Sciences program conducting research related to coastal water quality with the O’Mullan Lab. She is broadly interested in aquatic ecology, specifically how urban environments impact estuarine biodiversity and ecosystem function. Emma graduated from the University of Miami with a BS in marine science and biology. After graduating, she worked as an environmental educator with local non profits developing and implementing citizen science field programming in New York Harbor.
Lisa is interested in igneous petrology and volcanology. Her thesis research is focused on the Masaya volcano in Nicaragua, a persistently active basaltic system currently hosting a dynamic lava lake, however it is also known to have generated highly explosive Plinian type eruptions within the last six thousand years. Lisa's research involves studying magmas, volatiles, and how they inform us about volcanic systems. Using analytical techniques including SIMS, EMPA, and LA-ICP-MS, she analyzes melt inclusions from the eruptive products of effusive and explosive activity at Masaya.
Francesca King is a part-time MS student interested in groundwater modeling and water quality assessment. She is employed in the public sector as a health sanitarian in water resources. Francesca’s interests are in utilizing groundwater models for epidemiological analysis, understanding remediation techniques, and generating public interest in the maintenance of groundwater quality.
McCain Moore is a MA graduate student with a focus on sedimentology, earthquake geology, submarine paleoseismology, and geochemistry. Her graduate research uses short-lived radioisotopes, grain size distribution, core x-ray radiographs and elemental ratios to identify sediments remobilized by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and other prior high magnitude, megathrust earthquakes. This project has identified three main facies and several subfacies associated with the 2011 Tohoku and two prior events in the mid- and early 1900s. These events deposits can be tracked synchronously for 100 to 200 kilometers. Synchronous deposition over large distances can be used as evidence of a large megathrust rupture. She hopes that these findings will help to better recognize megaquakes in the stratigraphic record and advance the field of submarine paleoseismology.
Jazlyn Natalie is an MA graduate student interested in geophysics, volcanology, physical oceanography, and petrology. Her graduate research focuses on examining short-term variations in the rates of crustal deformation (calculated from ocean bottom pressure measurements) and seismicity at Axial Seamount, an active submarine volcano on the Juan de Fuca spreading ridge. She seeks to investigate how well these variables co-vary during the inter-eruption time period. The principal goal of her project is to better understand the patterns of magma storage and delivery beneath the Axial summit caldera and provide constraints for the development of improved predictive models.
Annie Stoeth is a PhD student at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her research focus is the role of anthropogenic waste in urban soil ecology, with an emphasis on its interaction with soil fauna. She is interested in how invertebrates and waste affect each other, and in examining questions of toxicity, incorporation, transport, and decomposition/bioremediation. She’s also interested in science education and has worked for two semesters at Queens College to summarize the effects of peer mentoring and experiential learning modules on student engagement with environmental science.
Samantha Tramontano is a PhD graduate student and adjunct lecturer with positions at The Graduate Center, Queens College, and the College of Staten Island studying volcanology, petrology, and mineralogy. Most of her graduate research examines the evolution of magma systems prior to eruption, and many of her projects combine analytical geochemistry methods, field work, and computational thermodynamic modelling. As part of a geo-education project during her Master's work at Vanderbilt University, Samantha has developed videos and associated quizzes to aid in teaching optical microscopy - they are available as an open-source educational resource at earthopticsmineralogy.com. Currently, she is deciphering how and why volcanoes erupt after quiet periods of 100 years (or more). She is a huge advocate for including field methods in research, and is very grateful for meeting the rocks in New Zealand, Brazil, California, Nicaragua, New York, and New Jersey.
Tramontano, Samantha., Gualda, Guilherme., Ghiorso, Mark. (2017). Internal triggering of volcanic eruptions: tracking overpressure regimes for giant magma bodies. Earth and Planetary Science Letters. 472. 142-151. 10.1016/j.epsl.2017.05.014.
John Zayac is a PhD Candidate who studies explosive volcanic systems. In particular, John combines field, stratigraphic, and analytical methods to decipher the eruptive history, magma systematics, and eruption trigger dynamics of arc volcanoes. His dissertation research is focused on two volcanic systems in northwestern Nicaragua: Cosigüina and Momotombo-Monte Galán. Aside from volcanoes and geology, John is also passionate about expanding the role general education science courses play in furthering all students’ scientific and quantitative literacy.