Student Work

Research Opportunities

Collaborative research between students and faculty members is an important part of the geology program at Beloit College. Under the direction of a member of the Geology faculty, all geology majors design and implement a senior thesis research project, gather and analyze their own data, and present their results.

Research opportunities are also available through the Keck Geology Consortium which includes 17 colleges committed to undergraduate education in geology through intercollegiate programs that engage students and faculty in cooperative research. Among its founders was Beloit College Professor Emeritus Hank Woodard.


Senior Emmalynn May led cohorts of teens in park trail maintenance excursions in mountainous Montana this past summer.

Blazing her own (hiking) trail

Environmental geology and biology double major Emmalynn May’23 worked with the Montana Conservation Corps this past summer, mentoring students, maintaining hiking trails, and paving her own way for a career of protecting state and national parks.

Geology Department spring 2022 field trip

Spring Geology Department Field Trip Heads to the Driftless Area

The spring Geology Department field trip took place in early April 2022. We headed to southwestern Wisconsin to explore the Driftless Area and the Paleozoic stratigraphy. The annual trip is generously supported by Mary Ann and Richard Davis.

Student poses near limestone wall during field research

From Forest to Sea: Examining the relationships between open ocean and terrestrial biomass

In summer 2021, Anna Weldon’22, a geology and anthropology double-major, worked with geology assistant professor Jay Zambito to understand how forest evolution impacted ancient climate.


Hanlin Zhang’21 Analyzes Hydrothermal Alteration of the Clay Cap in the Creede Mining District

Hanlin Zhang’21 is a geology major working with Jim Rougvie as his thesis advisor. His research seeks to characterize the mineralogy of the clay cap in Creede, CO.


Walker Weyland’21 Explores the Direction of Early Trilobite Emigration and Origin

Walker Weyland’21 is a geology major working with Jay Zambito as his thesis advisor. His research tracks the evolution of early trilobite lineages.


John Tower Jr.’21 Explores Sodium Metasomatism in the White Mountain Peak Metavolcanic Complex

John Tower Jr.’21 is a geology major working with Jim Rougvie as his thesis advisor. His research analyzes how and where sodium metasomatism occurred in the White Mountain Peak Metavolcanic Complex.


Sophie Glaubius’21 Explores Temperature Conditions in Wisconsin Springs

Sophie Glaubius’21 is a geology major working with Sue Swanson as her thesis advisor. Her research seeks to better understand the temperature distribution in fracture and seepage filtration springs.


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