Welcome back to this month's Science Student Spotlights! Throughout the year, we'll be featuring the science and work of some of our best and brightest SEPM Student Members, including some of our SEPM Foundation Research Grant awardees.
Check out some of this month's featured student work:
Name: Lauren Bunce
Name: Alethea Kapolas
Name: David Bruce
Summary: My research focuses on quantifying vertical land deformation from past subduction zone earthquakes. I use field methods of coring and stratigraphic correlation, to look for sharp lithologic changes indicative of past subduction zone events. I then examine microfossils (diatoms), on either side of the lithologic contacts, to quantify how much vertical movement would have taken place across those sharp contacts.
Name: James Metz
Summary: My research focuses on sediment dynamics on the mangrove shelf, that portion of the forest above the main channel and subject to tidal inundation. The sediment flux maintains the long term stability of the mangroves. I will quantify the sediment flux in the mangrove shelf for 20 km2 of the Sundarbans near Hiron Point on a lower distributary channel. Currently, we think there is enough sediment influx to counter effective sea level rise. However, delta sedimentation is complex, considering numerous simultaneous variables such as fluctuating sedimentation rates, tidal cycles, channel development, subsidence, and sea level rise, among others. This project in the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna delta provides an opportunity to study a tide-dominated deltaic system in a relatively intact natural environment. Furthermore, this study is larger in scale and scope than previous studies in the area, which may elucidate intra-delta variability of sedimentation rates and processes, especially within the fringing and transitional zones of the mangrove platform. Understanding the spatial and temporal variability of sedimentation within this delta will provide better land-use planning and help interpret similar depositional environments in the geologic record.
Name: Mariah Romero
Summary: Mariah's research focuses on the initiation and development of the Mesozoic Sacramento sedimentary basin in northern California.
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