Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

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