Dr. McKay will collaborate with Dr. Sean Long at Washington State University. They will assist and support students in a recently funded project. Multiple MSU MS students, a WSU PhD student and undergraduate students at both institutions will be included. The study will focus on a better understanding of how continents are built. The collision of volcanic islands, like Japan to North America. What are the factors that have shaped the Pacific Northwest of today? The project ends (2024) with a joint field trip of MSU and WSU students to investigate the area and explore the results.