research opportunities at WVU
I have two research opportunities available for MS students starting in August 2019.
Suitable students will be eligible for a combination of teaching and research assistantships in the Department of Geology and Geography, and are encouraged to apply for WVU and Eberly College scholarships as well.
Volcanic Geology of Lago de Patzcuaro and the heartland of the Tarascan State, Michoacan, Mexico
Advisors: Dr. Graham DM Andrews (WVU Geology & Geography) & Dr. Amy Hirshman (WVU Anthropology)
We are looking for an MS student motivated to study the volcanic geology and geoarcheology of the Lago de Patzcuaro area, Michoacan, Mexico. The successful candidate will joining a growing volcanology and petrology research group at WVU. Lago de Patzcuaro is within the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt and surrounded by incompletely studied, Pleistocene - Holocene mafic and intermediate volcanoes and lavas. The Tarascan State, contemporaneous with the Aztecs, developed within this volcanic and seismically active landscape, and incorporated volcanic products into their ceramics and building stones. The student will map and describe the volcanic stratigraphy of the region around the lake, and identify potential sources of different mafic materials used in Tarascan ceramics. Geochronology and correlation with published lake sediment core records will establish the eruptive history of the region and inform on present-day volcanic hazards. Necessary training in physical volcanology, ceramic petrography, and Tarascan archaeology will be provided.
Required skills: BS or BA Geology including field geology and geological mapping (equivalent to WVU’s GEOL404), mineralogy, and petrology. For more details see: https://www.geology.wvu.edu/graduate-studies
Preferred skills: ability to speak and understand Spanish, ability to complete light to moderately exerting fieldwork.
Volcanic facies architecture of basalt lava-dams and lava-deltas in central British Columbia: 3D mapping by drone
Advisor: Dr. Graham DM Andrews
I am looking for a MS student interested in physical volcanology and drone operations. The Pliocene parts of the Chilcotin Group basalts in central British Columbia expose fantastic cliff sections that are difficult to access and document by traditional methods. Many of these cliff sections expose cross-sections through lava-dam and lava-delta sequences that record repeated, short-duration damming events along the Chilcotin and Fraser Rivers. The student will use the VPL’s Phantom 4 Advanced drone to construct 3D models of the cliffs by structure-from-motion techniques (Agisoft Photoscan), and then use both the 3D models and 2D photography to reconstruct the lithofacies architecture of the dams and deltas. Necessary training in physical volcanology, drone flying, and image manipulation will be provided.
Required skills: BS or BA in Geology including field geology and geological mapping (equivalent to WVU’s GEOL404), sedimentology-stratigraphy, and petrology. The student MUST be be prepared to learn to operate the drone and obtain an FAA Part 107 “Drone Pilot’s Licence”. For more details see: https://www.geology.wvu.edu/graduate-studies
Preferred skills: ability to complete moderately exerting to strenuous fieldwork, including carrying a heavy backpack and being able to hike over 5 km and ascend and descend steep slopes.