Student Research 2017

Mitchell Dodo Comparison of Chemical Composition of Surficial Sediment in Tacoma Area Lakes (in progress) Jeff Tepper
Angelica Calderon Controls on the Distribution of ASARCO Heavy Metals in Tacoma-Area Lakes (in progress) Jeff Tepper
Jon Golla Geochemistry and Origin of Hot Spring Waters of the Olympic Peninsula and Cascade Range, Washington (in progress) Jeff Tepper
Andrew Oberhelman Comparison of the Chemical and Isotopic Composition of Groundwater and Surface Water in the South Sound Region, Washington (in progress) Jeff Tepper
Anson Olson Investigation of the Olympia Structure at Vance Creek, Mason County, WA (in progress) Mike Valentine
Tommy Kimler Petrology and Tectonic Implications of the Eocene Naches Formation, Central Cascades, Washington (in progress) Jeff Tepper
Jack Randall Petrology and Tectonic Implications of the Eocene Naches Formation, Central Cascades, Washington (in progress) Jeff Tepper
Cameron Wallenbrock Petrology, Geochronology, and Tectonic Setting of the Taneum Formation, Central Cascades, Washington (in progress) Jeff Tepper

Student Research 2016


Michael Burley

Sean Tanner

A Holocene Environmental History of Lake Louise, Lakewood, Washington

Between the Crescent and the Arc: Petrology of Early-to-Middle Eocene Igneous Units in Western Washington

Kena Fox-Dobbs & Jeff Tepper

Jeff Tepper

Sean Maher Tracking the Growth of a Trachyte Lava Done on Akaroa Volcano, New Zealand with Structural Observations, Geochemistry, and Crystal Size Distributions Jeff Tepper

Student Research 2014-2015

Liam Caulfield Geochemistry and Geochronology of Eocene Plutons in Northeastern Washington: A Test of Farallon Slab Rollback as a Cause of the Challis Event Jeff Tepper
Peter Davidson Petrology of Dikes in the Lake Chelan Region, Washington: Tectonic Setting and Implications for the Challis Event Jeff Tepper
Anne Fetrow "A Structural and Paleomagnetic Analysis of the Basalts of Summit Creek" Mike Valentine
Martyn Reif “A Geochemical and Petrographic Analysis of Crescent Formation Basalts in the South Mountain Area of the Olympic Peninsula, WA” - mapped in 2014, thesis completed in 2015. Ken Clark
Kaitlyn Ruthenberg "Delineating Terrane Boundaries in Northeastern Washington Using Isotopic and Geochemical Analysis of Cretaceous Plutons" Jeff Tepper
Elizabeth Roepke A Geochemical Study of the Teanaway Basalt Formation and its Relationship to the Teanaway Dike Swarm Jeff Tepper
Glynis Bawden A Paleomagnetic and Structural Investigation into the Origins of Washington’s Summit Creek Basalts Mike Valentine
Jacklyn Perkins Geophysical approaches to detecting the termination of the Olympia Structure, Olympic Peninsula, WA Mike Valentine
Halle Peterson Investigation of Phosphorus Loading and Cycling at Waughop Lake (Pierce County): The Most Toxic Lake in Western Washington Jeff Tepper
Blake Titcomb Paleomagnetism of a series of lava flows near McKenzie Bridge, Oregon Mike Valentine

Student Research 2011 - 2013

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

Student 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

Student 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:

  • 2003: Heather Easterly

    Thesis: A stratigraphic, petrographic, and geochemical study of a series of lavas, dikes, sills, and sedimentary rocks in the Crescent formation.

  • 2002: Elizabeth Beaulieu

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

  • 2001: James Gaynor

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

  • 2000: Laurie Gorton

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

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:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Gaynor, J., 2001, A Stratigraphic Section of a Submarine Fan Interbed in the Crescent Formation, Olympic Peninsula, Washington, UPS Geology Thesis, 36 pp.
  • Dee, S., 2000, Geophysical Studies at Khirbet Cana, lower Galilee, Israel, UPS Geology Thesis, 35 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

Jeff Tepper

Recent research:

  • Eddy, M.P., Bowring, S.A., Miller, R.B., and Tepper, J.H. (2016) Rapid assembly and crystallization of a fossil large-volume silicic magma chamber. Geology 44, no. 4, p. 331-334.

  • Tepper, L.B., and Tepper, J.H. (2013) The rise and fall of the Tacoma arsenic industry. Journal of the Society for Industrial Archaeology 39, nos 1 and 2, p. 65-78.

  • Chan, C.F., Tepper, J.H. and Nelson, B.K. (2012) Petrology of the Grays River volcanics, southwest Washington: plume-influenced slab window magmatism in the Cascadia forearc. Geological Society of America Bulletin 124, p. 1324-1338.

  • Tepper, J.H., and Hyatt, J.A. (2011) Holocene trophic state history of a subtropical blackwater lake, South Georgia, USA. Journal of Paleolimnology 45, p. 9-22.