Original research is the gold standard experience for undergraduate science students, and there’s no better place to conduct it than Macalester.
Research at 15,000 Feet
Alia Payne ’15 studied the effects of climate change on glaciers high in the Peruvian Andes.
With no answers in the back of a textbook—or even from their professors—more than 80 Macalester students learned science research is messy.
Cosmochemistry students unravel the mysteries of the solar system from behind a scanning electron microscope in Olin-Rice.
Fossils at the Smithsonian
Alexandra Lawrence ’14 interned at the National Museum of Natural History, creating replicas of 75 million-year-old fossils.
Q & A with Kirsten Fristad ’05
Kirsten Fristad '05, NASA Postdoctoral Fellow at NASA Ames Research Center, visited the department in March to share her knowledge and insights with students. We took a moment to ask her some questions about her career in geology.
Picking Bones in Montana
Three geology majors spent the summer studying fossils that tell the story of the ancient wetlands of Montana’s Upper Missouri River Breaks.
We don’t know of another place where we could work with such an important collection of one-of-a-kind dinosaur bones or have ready access to such technology.
Geology Field Trip to Iowa
A dozen geology students dug up thousands of Devonian era fossils—and made an especially exciting find.
Intrigued by a class in structural geology, Nikita Avdievitch ’13 accompanied his professor to Northeast China to study an unusual outcropping of rocks.
Dinosaur bone is largest osteoderm ever found
What more can we learn about long-necked dinosaurs that we don’t already know? A Macalester professor and her colleagues have found that Madagascar dinosaurs carried giant, hollow bones in their skin that may have helped them survive the harsh environments they inhabited. This discovery has shed new light on the anatomy and function of these bones in the biggest animals to ever walk on land.
Jesse Geary '12 studied abroad in Mongolia, spending several months living in a yurt and herding goats and yaks.
Professors Ray Rogers, Kristi Curry Rogers, Geology Lab Instructor Jeff Thole,and their students spend summer months exploring the 75 million year-old rocks and fossils to answer questions related to ancient environments, ecosystems, and processes of fossilization.