College of Letters & Sciences
Department Staff

Geography & Geology

Contact Information

Margo Kleinfeld
Department Chair & Associate Professor
Phone: 262-472-1087
Location: Upham Hall 120A
John Frye
Master Adviser & Associate Professor
Phone: 262-472-5270
Location: Upham Hall 116
Susie Olson 
Academic Dept Associate
Phone: 262-472-1071
Location: Upham Hall 120

Students Present Research Projects at 2013 Spring Undergraduate Research Day

March 2013

Many undergraduate students from the Department of Geography and Geology presented original research at the annual Spring Undergraduate Research Day. The event was held in the UW-Whitewater University Center on March 13, 2013 and featured student presentations from all colleges across campus. Ron Chester was honored with the Outstanding Presentation in Geography and Geology. The department's participants included:

Brandon Bockrath at 2013 Undergraduate Research Day

Brandon Bockrath (above; Faculty Mentor - Eric Compas): Water Metering and Conservation for the City of Whitewater

Ron Chester at 2013 Undergraduate Research Day

Ron Chester (above; Faculty Mentor - Dale Splinter): Trends in Wisconsin Stream Flow Discharge

Cerina Colon, Kyle Freeman, and Steve Godding at 2013 Undergraduate Research Day

Cerina Colon, Kyle Freeman, and Steve Godding (above; Faculty Mentors - Eric Compas and Peter Jacobs): Mixing Technology with Nature: Ice Age National Scenic Trail Mobile Web Application with Social Media Technologies

Kristie Hansen (Faculty Mentor - Rex Hanger): Biodiversity of Gastropoda in the Mukwonago River, Wisconsin along a Spatial Gradient

Ellen Jilek along with Ethan Eichstedt-Anderson (Faculty Mentors - Prajukti Bhattacharyya and Leon Arriola): Numerical Modeling and Experimental Observations of Lava Flow Cooling

Heather Marsch presents at the 2013 Undergraduate Research Day

Heather Marsch (above; Faculty Mentor - Rex Hanger): Comparing Field and Laboratory Substrate Preferences of Pleurocerid Gastropoda, Elilmia Livescens and Pleurocera Acuta, Mukwonago River, Wisconsin

Alyssa McClain at the 2013 Undergraduate Research Day

Alyssa McClain (above; Faculty Mentor - John Frye): Variations of Severe Weather Events in the United States Based on Changes in the Phase and Strength of the North Atlantic Oscillation

Zack Olson presents at the 2013 Undergraduate Research Day

Zack Olson (above; Faculty Mentor - Peter Jacobs): Soil Organic Carbon Spatial Variation from Local Land Use Practices

Matthew Schmus (Faculty Mentor - Prajukti Bhattacharyya): Effects of Past Tectonic Events on Groundwater Flow

Adam Szafran (Faculty Mentors - Prajukti Bhattacharyya and John Ejnik): Potential for Installing Ground Source Heat Pump in Wisconsin Based on the Chemistry of Granitic Bedrock

Ashley Vedvig at the 2013 Undergraduate Research Day

Ashley Vedvig (above; Faculty Mentor - John Frye): El Nino Southern Oscillation Affecting Severe Weather across the Contiguous United States

Undergraduate Research

An experience in undergraduate research is strongly advised for all Geology Emphasis students, especially for those intending to go to graduate school. There are numerous field and laboratory opportunities for the eager student to assist Department faculty members within established research programs.