Student Research Papers

These papers are part of the requirement for Undergraduate Student Research for degrees in the Department of Earth Science. Students may also present their research at a research conference, and those presentations are listed here.

  • Cara Wright (Spring 2013), A Bank Erosion Hazard Index (BEHI) Study of Dry Run Creek, Cedar Falls, Iowa
  • Anthony Boxleiter (Spring 2013), Determining the Provence of Building Materials used by the Elymian Culture at Monte Polizzo, Sicily: Preliminary Investigation
  • Jake Haden (Spring 2012), A Pilot Study to Quantify the Shape of Microfossils using Geographical Information Systems
  • Nick Bosshart (Spring 2012), Iowa's Environmental Sustainability (Soils and Landscapes): An Investigation of Heavy Metal Contaminate Transport in Boone and Greene Counties (Des Moines Lobe)
  • Josh Shultz (Spring 2012), Iowa's Environmental Sustainability (Soils and Landscapes): An Investigation of Heavy Metal Contaminate Transport in Linn and Black Hawk Counties (Iowan Erosion Surface).
  • Elizabeth Madsen (Spring 2012), Iowa's Environmental Sustainability (Soils and Landscapes): An Investigation of Heavy Metal Contaminate Transport in Pottawattamie and O'Brien Counties (Loess Hills and Northwest Iowa Plains)
  • Jeff Minnehan, (Summer 2011), Heavy metals in Cedar River sediments associated with a recreational shooting range in Black Hawk County, Iowa
  • Kasey Westley, (Spring 2011), Evidence for photosymbiosis in fusulinids (extinct protists) from Pennsylvanian limestones in Kansas
  • William Sullivan, (Spring 2010), Quantitative Analysis of Conodont Distributions in Pennsylvanian Cyclothems of Eastern Kansas
  • Rodney Hubscher, (Spring 2009), Carbonate petrology and depositional environments of the Lithograph City Formation (Devonian) of northern Iowa
  • Joseph Zeitler, (Spring 2009), Application of a Bench Top Energy Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometer to the Geothermometry of Sphalerite
  • Bree K. McClenning, (Spring 2009), Carbonate petrology and diagenetic history of oolites within the Ste. Genevieve Limestone (Mississippian System( in southern Illinois
  • Bobbi Brace, (Spring 2007), Link between regional geomorphology and distribution pattern of Greenside Darter (Etheostoma blennioides: Percidae)
  • Stacey Reisdorph, (Spring 2007), Morphometry and Rates of Evolution within the Pennsylvanian Fusulinid Beedeina (Ardmore Basin, Oklahoma)
  • Breanna Hennessy, (Spring 2006), Characteristics of minor moraines of the Des Moines Lobe
  • Bobbi Brace, (Spring 2006), Devonian foraminifer of northern Iowa
  • Kevin M. Thomsen, (Spring 2006), Petrology of megabreccia melt rocks, Manson Impact Structure
  • James Stainbrook, (Spring 2006), Temporal and spatial effects of agriculture on the hydrologic systems of the Waterloo/Cedar Falls area
  • Andy Tate, (Fall 2005), Deformation analysis of Little Salmon Fault, California
  • Kevin Thomsen, (Fall 2005), Impact alteration at the Manson Impact Site, Iowa
  • Scott R. Beason, (Spring 2005), The Lithostratigraphy and Depositional Environments of the Pella Formation (Mississippian) in Keokuk and Wapello Counties, Southeastern Iowa
  • Brian J. Craig, (Spring 2005), Earthquake Risk Assessment Program for Structures in San Francisco County, California
  • Justin O. Funk, (Spring 2005), Quantitative Analysis of Pahoehoe Lava Flows
  • Jesse T. Koch, (Spring 2005), Late Quarternary Eolian Sand Stringers of Black Hawk and Bremer Counties, Northeast Iowa
  • Matthew Boyce, (Spring 2004), Lithostratigraphy of the upper Bellerophon Formation and lower Werfen Formation in the Italian Alps, Bulla and Tesero sections.
  • Andrew S. Blake, (Fall 2002), Mineralogical and Particle Size Analysis of Pre-Illinoian Tills at the Tripoli Quarry, Tripoli, Iowa.
  • Adam C. Holven, (Spring 2002), Mastodon and Mammoth Fossil Remains in Iowa: An Updated Compendium of Fossil Specimens and Their Locations Across the State.
  • Maya J. Hirsch, (Spring 2002), A Petrographic Comparison of Basalts Erupted North and South of the Mt. Taylor-Jemez-Capulin Volcanic Lineament in the Rio Grande Rift
  • Shawn C. Thomas, (Spring 2001), Stratigraphy and Depositional Environments of the "Humboldt Oolite", Pedersen Quarry (Iowa).
  • Jamie Bradfield, (Spring 2000), Assessment of the Use of Ellipses as a Quantitative Descriptor of Meanders of the Yellow River in Northeast Iowa.
  • Keri B. Drenner, (Spring 2000), Size Grade and Heavy Mineral Analyses of Sandstones From the Cherokee Group (Pennsylvanian) of Iowa.
  • Kelly M. Knight, (Spring 2000), Instructions for Construction of a Lehman Seismometer. MS Word File - 7 MB
  • Janice L. Rutkowski, (Spring 2000), Nitrate Distribution in Stream Water and Soils on the University of Northern Iowa Campus.
  • Aaron L. Janssen, (Spring 2000), A Cost Effective Method of Fourier Shape Analysis.
  • Janel M. Foht, (Spring 2000), Dynamics of Cave Hydrology in Eastern Iowa and Southwestern Wisconsin.
  • Jad R. Bean, (Spring 1999), Interpretive Study of the Devonian Geology near Independence, Iowa as exposed in the Steve Miller Limestone Quarry.
  • James P. Riffel, (Spring 1999), Examination of a Forecast Strategy for the Prediction of Nocturnal Thunderstorms Which Produce Heavy Rainfall.
  • Angela M. Erhardt, (Spring 1998), Distribution of Heavy Minerals in the Cedar River, Cedar Falls Area, Iowa.
  • Gary Neilsen, (Spring 1998), Correlating Relative Humidity and Lapse Rate Aloft to Precipitation at the Ground.
  • Ginger Romig, (Spring 1998), Anomaly Correlation Within the Waterloo, Iowa Climate Record.
  • Michael B. Powelka, (December 1997), Revision of the Statigraphic Nomenclature at Loomis Quarry Near Denver, Iowa.
  • Charlene R. Sundermann, (December 1997), Soil Erosion and Its Affect at One Site Along the Bike Trail in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
  • Steven P. Loheide, (Summer/Fall 1997), The Hydrogeology of the Cedar Hills Sand Prairie.
  • Allyson K. Anderson, (August 1997), Degree of Hornblende Etching in Moraine Soils of the Wind River Range, Wyoming.
  • Kim Berends, (May 1997), Morphometric Characteristics and Distribution of Sinkholes Near Floyd, Iowa.
  • Kari A. Lundeen, (May 1997), Characteristics of Peats in the Tanana Flats, Interior Alaska.
  • James A. Liljegren, (May 1997), Computer Modeling of World Sea-Level Changes as a Function of Sea-Floor Spreading Rates.
  • Marcia Weidemann, (December 1996), Heavy Metal Concentration in the Cedar River.
  • Jennifer Weber, (May 1996), Ice Volume and Other Characteristics of Permafrost in the Tanana Flats of Interior Alaska.
  • John Weber, (May 1996), Operational Recognition of the Tornadic Thunderstorms of 27 July, 1995 in Eastern Iowa.
  • Ed Bertch, (September 1995), The Origin of the Igneous Rocks of the Rattlesnake Hills, Volcanic Field, Wyoming.
  • Tina Kurtz, (June 1995), Correlation of Precipitation and Discharge Data in the Little Sioux River Basin, Western Iowa.
  • Timothy D. Schroeder, (May 1994), Stratigraphic and Structural Description of Silurian Facies at Niemann Quarry, Near Tripoli, Iowa.
  • Gaylen Hiesterman, (May 1992), The Silurian-Devonian Unconformity at the Loomis Quarry Near Denver, Iowa.
  • Eric C. Scott, (May 1992), The Application of Blue-Light Fluorescence Microscopy to the Idlewild Member of the Lithograph City Formation.
  • Gary Hoogeveen, (September 1990), Photoelectric Photometry of a Variable Star: The Search for the Elusive Period of P Cygni.
  • Robert Dean Lewis, (November 1989) Scanning Electron Microscopy of Surface Textures of Quartz Grains from Sediment-Filled Wedges on the Iowan Erosion Surface, Northeast Iowa.
  • William Althaus, (May 1989), Environments of Deposition and Fabric Analysis of a Fluvial and Eolian Deposit in Buchanan County, Iowa.
  • C. Patrick Lyman, (May 1989), Characteristics of Dunal Features in Black Hawk County, Iowa.
  • Lanny Rosenquist, (May 1989), Scanning Electron Microscopy of Surface Textures of Quartz Sand from Dunal Features in Black Hawk County, Iowa.
  • Leslie Kay Jones, (April 1989), Megafossils from the Cerro Gordo Member of the Lime Creek Formation (Devonian), Hackberry Grove, Iowa.
  • Steve Baedke, (May 1988), A Model for Listric Faults.
  • Steven W. Bennett, (May 1988), Stratigraphy and Depositional Environment of the Little Cedar and Coralville Formations (Devonian) in Black Hawk, County, Iowa.
  • Tom Colwell, (May 1987), Environment of Deposition of the Lithograph City Formation, North Central, Iowa.
  • Erik D. Spande, (May 1987), Sedimentary Petrography of the Idlewild Member, Lithograph City Formation, Finchford, Iowa.
  • Mike Boubin, (Fall 1986/Spring 1987), Pint's Quarry Number 2: Lithology, Environment of Deposition and Stratigraphic Position.
  • Jeff Tisl, (December 1985), The Southwest Branch of Dry Run Creek: A Preliminary Investigation of the Drainage Basin.
  • Thomas L. Wagner, (November 1971), Photographic Photometry.
  • Thomas Graika, (May 1971), The Effects of Wind on Snow.
  • Charles E. Ashland, (Spring 1971), Evaluation of Sanitary Landfills.
  • Russell Jacobson, (Spring 1971), A Hopkinton Echinoderm Fauna Near Maquoketa, Iowa Indicates Presence of a Small Bioherm.
  • Charles E. Ashland, (Fall 1970), The Cedar Valley Formation of Iowa.
  • Richard A. Nervig, (May 1969), The Geology and Paleoecology of the Coralville Member in Blackhawk County
  • Anna Walton, (May 1967), A Geological Study of Dubuque and the Surrounding Area