Geology/Earth Science Project 2007
Earth Science Summer Research Participation Program
Faculty Mentor - Dirk Baron, Robert Negrini, Staci Loewy, Pat Mickler,
For the last three years, CSUB faculty and undergraduate geology students have worked with selected
K-12 teachers and high school students on a study of the Quaternary geologic history of the San Joaquin
Valley of California. Three elementary/middle school teachers, three high school teachers, and ten high
school students participate in each four-week summer research participation program.
The skills and thought processes of this study are critical to those commonly practiced by
petroleum geologists for Chevron. Despite this fact, and the fact that Chevron commonly employs
CSUB geology majors, very few high school students arriving at CSUB elect to major in Geology. Part
of this problem is that very few high school teachers were trained in geology and thus, do not have
the training nor exposure to the subject allowing them to act as mentors for future geology majors nor
even as advisors to suggest geology as a major with excellent employment opportunities. This particular
program is well suited to help solve this problem.
The research of this project centers around the analysis of 50-foot sediment cores from two
locations in the Tulare Lake basin. These cores preserve a regional record of the environment of
deposition dating back to about 35,000 years before the present. Research tasks include the description
of sediments from the cores for parameters such as grain size, color, and mineralogy. Sediment analyses
include total organic and total inorganic carbon, micropaleontology, as well as magnetic susceptibility. Skills and knowledge gained in the classroom settings are reinforced with field trips to the Owens Valley/Mammoth area and to Chevron's operations in the Kern River Field (to be led by Larry Knauer from Chevron Corp.).
Each teacher is in charge of the description and analysis of several 5-foot core segments. Each
teacher is the leader of a research group including a CSUB undergraduate geology student and one or
two high school students. The groups were responsible for all aspects of the description and analysis
of their core segments. They were also in charge of the paleoenvironmental interpretations and the
presentation of their research results at the end of the summer projects. CSUB faculty serve as
scientific advisors, provide lectures with background information, and compile the overall results.
Further information can be found on this web site.
Larkin/Kessler/Baron Group Poster
McCormick/Lewis/Loewy Group Poster
Herrera/Duerr/Loewy Group Poster
Giese/Lin/Palacios-Fest Group Poster
Ndukwu/Parubrub/Ramirez Group Poster
Baron/Negrini Group Poster
Duerr/Kedzierski/Wigand Group Poster I
Duerr/Kedzierski/Wigand Group Poster II
Kayes/Adamson/Herrera Group Poster
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