Faculty, students attend national geological meeting

Grant Spoering
Graduate student Grant Spoering presenting at a previous GSA meeting.

Several faculty and students from the department of geography, geology and planning recently attended the North-Central/South-Central Joint meeting of the Geological Society of America (GSA) March 19-21 in Pittsburgh, PA.

In attendance were Drs. Kevin Mickus, Kevin Evans, Charles Rovey and Doug Gouzie with graduate students Mo’amen Almaz, Grant Spoering, Wes Weichert and Ben Lockwood. All faculty and students presented research at the meeting. Each graduate student is working toward their MS in Geospatial Sciences in Geography, Geology, and Planning in the Geology track.

“These meetings are helpful for recruiting new graduate students and sharing information on research methods and techniques,” said Gouzie, professor of geology. “For instance, I updated one professor from another school on a method we use here and I learned one or two methods from others.”

The meeting had an organizing committee that included alum Wendell Barner (BS 1982, MS 1988), who currently works in Pennsylvania and helped organize the meeting. Also on the committee was per course faculty member Nancy Williams who is currently section secretary of the North-Central section. Missouri State is working toward hosting a similar GSA North-Central and South-Central combination meeting in 2021.

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