Field work is an integral part of a geologist’s job description and it it something I thoroughly enjoy. I grew up going backpacking every summer in Colorado with my family so spending time outdoors is something I cherish great. I also enjoy introducing students to the joy of camping and fieldwork. Some of the most rewarding and enjoyable experiences I’ve have had been in the field. I’ve had the opportunity to conduct fieldwork in the Arctic five times, as well as around the US (including Hawai’i and Alaska). Check out some photos below from some memorable trips.
During July 2017 I led a fieldwork trip to the Beartooth Mountains to collect samples for surface exposure dating to better constrain Holocene glacial fluctuations. This was my first time mentoring an undergraduate to carry out a project (not part of my PhD research), and it was a great experience!
Follow the links below for more information on my participation in the expedition to the Petermann Glacier in 2015 as well as my participation in the Svalbard REU in back in 2011.
2011: Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, measuring the temperature of the vents to establish baseline knowledge
2011: Svalbard, Kongsfjord, the view that never got old. The calving margin of Kongsvegen glacier is on the right of the isolate peak, the subject of my senior thesis
2012: Brooks Range, Alaska, collecting boulder samples, PC: Jason Briner
2011: Svalbard- they let me drive a boat! Note the glacier behind me
2013: Svalbard, boarding a zodiac to head back to the ship after collecting samples from this raised beach terrace.
2013: Svalbard, patterned ground underneath my classmates feet as we look at the Quaternary stratigraphy
2017: Collecting boulder samples on the Arnott Moraine, central Wisconsin
2015: Petermann Glacier, flying over patterned ground in search of boulders. Petermann Glacier’s ice tongue is the white “sea”, ~13 miles wides.
2015: Petermann Glacier, the lateral calving margin where you can see how boulders and debris are carried in the ice and dumped out!
2017: Undergraduate Andrew collecting samples from the Arnott Moraine, central Wisconsin
2015: students in the Badlands, South Dakota
2018: Looking down valley, Beartooth Mtns, MT
2017: Fieldwork buddies Cameron and Claire look out over Glacier Lake, Beartooth Mtns, MT
2017: Geologists Camer and Claire are perched on an erratic boulder ready to sample
2015: A lateral moraine of Petermann Glacier
2015: Petermann glacier bedrock- evidence of glaciation!
2013: Brooks Range, coring on frozen Shainin Lake to understand glacial movement.
2014: Sunrise at Ferry’s Bluff, Wisconsin River; PC: Eric Carson
2013: Brooks Range Alaska, the 1952 Beaver picks us up, that’s me for scale.
2015: The Icebreaker Oden that transported us to Petermann Glacier
2014: Wisconsin, collecting cores from ice age lakes turned corn fields
2014: Wisconsin, this field used to be a lake during the ice age!
2014: Wisconsin, geoprobe cores give insight to paleoenvironmental changes