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LSU Spring Commencement 2018

May 11, 2018

At the spring commencement ceremony, a total of 3,967 degrees were awarded – the third largest amount of degrees awarded in the spring. The overall class of 2017-18 – students receiving degrees in previous summer and fall commencements combined with the current spring commencement – saw 6,497 degrees awarded, the second most ever awarded in an academic year.The Department of Geology & Geophysics would like to congratulate the following students for completing their degrees:

Yuting Li, PhD
Advisor: Peter Clift
"Signal Porpagation, Provenance, and Climate Records in the Indus Submarine Canyon since the Last Deglacial"

Nicole Elizabeth Button, MS
Advisor: Suniti Karunatillake

Ryan Christopher Clarke, MS
Advisor: Samuel Bentley and Carol Wilson

Matthew Alexander Danielson, MS
Advisor: Phil Bart

Bachelor of Science in Geology Degree Recipients:

Grant Alexander Allain
Allison Kay Barbato SRT, CxC
Augustus Reid Bates SRT
Graham Stephen Bonnot SRT
Mark Neal Brown
Brianna Kathleen Crenshaw SRT
Charles John Everhardt, IV SRT
Elise Marie Exnicios SRT
Cameron Michael Gernant Honors, SRT
Kate Rose Gutterman Honors
Christopher Mark Howie
Elliott Westwood Judy
Justin O'Neil Kain SRT
Taylor Dawn Lee
Evan Bernard Magette SRT
Mary Grace Moran
Nicholas Casey Pilgreen
Madeline Gabrielle Stoltz
Erin Elizabeth Emeline Varner SRT
Madison Elaine Wayt SRT

Congratulations Dr.'s Barb Dutrow, Achim Herrmann, and Juan Lorenzo!

April 9, 2018

Please join us in congratulating Dr.'s Barb Dutrow, Achimm Herrmann, and Juan Lorezo on their recent promotions/awards.  Barb Dutrow has been named the Gerald Cire &Lena Grand Williams Alumni Professor.  Dr. Achim Herrmann has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure.  Dr. Juan Lorenzo has been promoted to Professor.  Congratulations all!

LSU Fall Commencement 2017

December 15, 2017

Happy commencement day! Congratulations, grads, and a big G&G thank you to our donors for supporting these Tigers throughout their journey. YOU DID IT! The Department of Geology & Geophysics would like to congratulate the following students for completing their degrees:

Matthew DeCesare, PhD
Advisor: Phil Bart
"When, How, and Why and Did the West Antarctic Ice Sheet Retreat in the Ross Sea since the last Glacial Maximum using Foraminiferal and Porewater Geochemistry"

Chang Liu, PhD
Advisor: Peter Clift
"Paleoenvironmental Variation and Provenance Record from Deep Sea Sediment of the South China Sea in Neogene"

Crawford White, PhD
Advisor: Sam Bentley
"Influences of Hurricanes, Floods, and Organic Production on River-Delta Evolution over Decadal to Centennial Timescales"

Jade Lawrence, MS
Advisor: Peter Doran

Christopher Magliolo, MS
Advisor: Sam Bentley

Bryce Mathis, MS
Advisor: Achim Herrmann

Juan Carlos Guerrero, Graduate Certificate in Applied Depositional Geosystems
Advisor: Achim Herrmann

Bachelor of Science in Geology Degree Recipients:

Mahmmad Mahmoud Alshami
Jonathan Mark Camelo
Joshua Tucker Celestine
Domenic Luis Da Ponte
Clay Ryan Doremus
Scott Malone Gardner
Ryan Curtis Gunter
Phoenix Austin Harris Honors, SRT
Abigail Anabel HeathSRT
Angel Alejandro Hernandez
Connor Michael Matherne
Jonathan Andrew Melancon
James Allen Rask
Adrienne Lynn Stephens
Jessica Julia Villers

Congratulations Dr. Carol Wicks!

October 24, 2017

Congratulations to #LSUGnG Chair and and Frank W. and Patricia Harrison Family Professor Dr. Carol Wicks for receiving the George Burke Maxey Distinguished Service Award at this year's Geological Society of America 2017 Annual Meeting!

The Hydrogeology Division's George Burke Maxey Distinguished Service Award, first presented in 1984, honors noted American hydrogeologist George Burke Maxey. An esteemed mentor and pioneering researcher, Maxey's career spanned more than 35 years and helped establish hydrogeology as the discipline we know today. Presented annually, the award recognizes exemplary service "to the hydrogeology profession and to the Hydrogeology Division."

Congratulations Adam Gostic and Abah Omale

August 11, 2017

Congratulations to #LSUGnG grad students Adam Gostic and Abah Omale for being selected as 2017 Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies grant recipients! Adam Gostic received a $2,000 award for his research proposal "Patterns in Fine Grained Sediments Deposition of the False River Point Bar of the Lower Mississippi River Valley." Abah Omale was awarded $500 for his proposal "Fault Reactivation: An Indicator of Changing Lithospheric Strength Alonga Passive Continental Margin the U.S. Gulf of Mexico."  Congratulations Abah and Adam!

Congratulations Don Hood

July 11, 2017

Congratulations to PSL PhD student Don Hood for being granted an $8,000 graduate student research assistantship (GSRA) from the Louisiana Space Consortium! Don was awarded the GSRA for his contribution to "Examining Periglacial Boulder Clustering with MBARS" which he proposed under the guidance of Dr. Suniti Karunatillake. This further strengthens the $35k LaSpace research enhancement award (REA) to PSL on "Discerning the mechanisms of global weathering from boulder fields on Mars," which will help to establish a collaboration with Dr. Caleb Fassett at NASA-Marshall, Huntsville, AL. Congratulations Don!

LSU Spring Commencement 2017

May 12, 2017

Happy commencement day! This #‎LSUGrad‬ class is a record-breaker, with over 4,000 degrees awarded, representing 61 Louisiana parishes and 46 states. Congratulations, grads, and a big G&G thank you to our donors for supporting these Tigers throughout their journey. YOU DID IT!


The Department of Geology & Geophysics would like to congratulate the following students for completing their degrees:

Tara Nicole Jonell, PhD
Advisor: Peter Clift
"Quaternary River Erosion, Provenance, and Climate Variability in the NW Himalaya and Vietnam"

Kevin Gryger, MS
Advisor: Karen Luttrell

Abigail Arielle Maxwell, MS
Advisor: Juan Lorenzo

Austin James McGlannan, MS
Advisor: Phil Bart

Martial James Morrison, MS
Advisor: Juan Lorenzo

Meg O'Connor, MS
Advisor: Sam Bentley

David Edward Rau, MS
Advisor: Sophie Warny

Trudy Lynn Watkins, MS
Advisor: Juan Lorenzo

Bachelor of Science in Geology Degree Recipients:

Tristan Sean Collins
Peter Ashton Farmer
Abigayle Cecilia Hodges
Andrew Mark Jacobus SRT
Ross Paul Mayet
Ryan Matthew Riggs Honors, SRT
Hunter Stephen Songy Honors, SRT
Conner Anthony Spano
Joel Parker Spansel Honors, SRT
Michael Vincent Vetter
Jessica Julia Villers

Peter Clift Editor-in-Chief

February 1, 2017

Congratulations to Professor Peter Clift: Dr. Clift has accepted the role of Editor-in-Chief of the academic journal Geological Magazine!

Geological Magazine, established in 1864, is one of the oldest and best-known periodicals in the Earth Sciences. Its worldwide circulation, broad scope and high production values keep the journal at the forefront of the field. It publishes original papers, review articles, rapid communications and discussions about all aspects of the geosciences.