Student Profiles

Erin Birsic

From conducting laboratory research in Taiwan to doing fieldwork in Alaska, Erin Birsic’s academic path as a Geology major has taken her from inside the classroom to around the globe. In cooperation with Allegheny professor Dr. Ron Cole and the National Science Foundation, Erin has spent two consecutive summers studying granitic bodies in the Northern Talkeetna Mountains as part of her senior project. This research also gave her the exciting opportunities of traveling to Taipei to study at the National Taiwan University and presenting her findings at multiple Geological Society of America conferences within the United States. According to Erin, these experiences have been in the making for quite some time.

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Jennifer Rothfuss

Geology field trips and research have taken Jennifer Rothfuss from New Jersey’s Sterling Hill Zinc Mine to Alaska’s Matanuska Valley, with stops in between that include the Appalachian System and the Catskills.

She has also found valuable hands-on experiences through her participation in the French Creek Watershed Research Project with Professor Rachel O’Brien and semester-long research on aerobic microbes.

Fascinated by the past, Jennifer chose to complement her geology major with a history minor. “Both academic fields revolve around the history of the earth,” she says, “one in scientific terms, the other in human terms.”

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