Summer Research 2011

Student Title Advisor

Tracey Anunsen

Paleomagnetic archaeological analysis of Hanford fire pits

Mike Valentine

Chelsea Jaeger Paleomagnetism of Pleistocene lava flows in the Cascade Range near McKenzie Bridge, Oregon Mike Valentine

Elli McKinley

Geochemical, petrologic, and paleomagnetic analysis of the Eocene basalt of Summit Creek, Central Cascades, WA

Mike Valentine

Stella Mosher (Hemigrapsus oregonensis) at anthropogenic sulfide seeps in Commencement Bay Kena Fox Dobbs

John Nakagawa

Determining the origin of the basalt of Summit Creek: A structural and geochemical analysis

Ken Clark


Summer Research 2009

Student Title Advisor

Ashleigh Boyd

Influences of spatial heterogenity regulated by termites on interspecific competition among grasses

Kena Fox Dobbs

Christine Chan  

Petrology of the Grays River Volcanics, southwestern Washington: implications for tectonic evolution from rifting to subduction during the late Eocene

Jeff Tepper

Lucy Kruesel

Paleomagnetic research on Pacific Northwestern tectonics and structural rotation of Grays River Volcanics (GRV), Washington

Mike Valentine

Summer Research 2008

Student Title Advisor

Sarah Glancy

Chemically -Anomalous Igneous Rocks of the Olympic Peninsula: Implications for Eocene Tectonics

Jeff Tepper

Ben Shapiro

Hydrogeochemistry of Gravelly Lake, Pierce County, WA

Jeff Tepper

Elizabeth Smith

The Crescent Formation Along Lake Cushman's Northern Shore:A Stratigraphic, Structural, and Chemical Study

Ken Clark

Emily Waldron

Structure, Stratigraphy, and Geochemistry of the Crescent Formation, Mt. Tebo, Southern Olympic Mountains, WA

Ken Clark


Faculty Research

Ken Clark is currently mapping a thick section of basaltic lavas and sedimentary interbeds in the southern Olympic Peninsula called "the Crescent formation". He maps rock exposures along logging roads, ridge crests, and valley floors to unravel the structural history of the Crescent formation. He is also trying to understand how the formation was formed by studying its petrology, stratigraphy, petrography, and geochemistry.

Ken's current publications include:

Polenz, M., Miller, B.A., Davies, N., Perry, B., Clark, K.P., Walsh T.J., Carson, R.J., Hughes, J.F., and Blakely, R.J., 2011, Geologic Map of the Hoodsport 7.5-minute Quadrangle, Mason County, Washington:  Washington State DNR DGER Open File Report 2011-XX (in press).

Contreras, T.A., Weeks, S.A., Stanton K.M.D., Perry, B.B., Walsh, T.J., Carson, R.J., Clark, K.P., and Mahan, S.A., in press, Geologic Map of the Holly 7.5-minute Quadrangle, Jefferson, Kitsap and Mason Counties, Washington:  still in draft form.
 Tabor, R.W., Haugerud, R.A., Haeussler, P.J., and Clark, K.P., 2011, Lidar-revised geologic map of the Wildcat Lake 7.5’ quadrangle, Kitsap and Mason Counties, Washington: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3187, scale 1:24,000, 12 p., and GIS data.

His list of student theses advised, papers/posters presented by his students over the past few years:

  • 2000: Laurie Gorton

    Thesis: The Stratigraphy, Petrography and Geochemistry of the Mount Tebo Area, Southern Olympic Mountains, Washington

  • 2001: James Gaynor

    Thesis: A Stratigraphic section of a submarine fan interbedded in the Crescent formation, Olympic Peninsula, Washington

  • 2002: Elizabeth Beaulieu

    Thesis: A Turbidite series in the Crescent formation, Olympic Peninsula, WA

  • 2003: Heather Easterly

    Thesis (in progress): Heather is doing a stratigraphic, petrographic, and geochemical study of a series of lavas, dikes, sills, and sedimentary rocks in the Crescent formation.

Barry Goldstein is a Quaternary/glacial geologist and geomorphologist. His research includes examining the physical and biological records of environmental and climatic change in alpine settings (Colorado Rockies, western Washington state), arid regions (northern New Mexico, the lower Galilee in Israel), as well as much older evidence for landscape change (Triassic rocks in the Four Corners area). He also has long-standing interests in evolution, geoarchaeology , and water resources. He was instrumental in starting the Environmental Studies Program at Puget Sound, served as it's first Director, and he continues to be deeply involved in planning and teaching within the program.

Recent student theses and independent studies:

  • Dee, S., 2000, Geophysical Studies at Khirbet Cana, lower Galilee, Israel, UPS Geology Thesis, 35 pp.

  • Gaynor, J., 2001, A Stratigraphic Section of a Submarine Fan Interbed in the Crescent Formation, Olympic Peninsula, Washington, UPS Geology Thesis, 36 pp.

  • Duncan, Emily, 2002, A Sedimentologic Analysis of a Core from the Bet Netofa Valley, Galilee, Israel, UPS Geology Thesis, 37 pp.

  • Tietge, M., 2002, Groundwater Modeling of the Tacoma Landfill, UPS Geology Thesis, 41 pp.

  • Barron, C., 2003, Late Pleistocene Glaciation of the West Elk Mountains, Colorado, UPS Geology Thesis, 43 pp.

  • Jones,N.,2003, "Running Short of Expectations: The Rio Grande and Mexico's Water Debt to the United States", UPS independent study project, funded by a $3000 student summer research grant

  • Koehler, L., 2003, Glaciation of the Anthracite Range, West Elk Mountains, Colorado, UPS Geology Thesis, 54 pp.

  • Hahn, M, in progress, Sedimentology of an Early Late-glacial Debris Flow, Southern Puget Lowland, UPS Geology Thesis.

  • Thomas, K., in progress, "Assessment Techniques and Restoration Efforts in Wood Creek, Klamath Basin, Oregon", UPS independent study project