Archive for July 12th, 2010

A New Way to do Stratigraphy / Paleontology

July 12th, 2010

Elizabeth is completely fixated with stromatolites, and the obsession became even stronger today when we found ~200 feet of stromatolites within the massive Quarry Bed at Temple Hill. As Elizabeth and I oohed and awed over each stromatolite on the bedding plane at the top of the Quarry Bed, Jesse began leaping and bounding over quarry rubble, looking for additional “outcrops”.

We decided to forgo “conventional” stratigraphy and paleontology for a short while, and most anything in the quarry became our outcrop.

Elizabeth is working on one of our fabulous outcrops. As you can see, the stratigraphy is shown perfectly.

This blog would not be complete without some pictures of our “finds”. The top photo below is an example of one of our stromatolites in cross-section, while the bottom photo is a collection of …???…

Green River Stratigraphy at Temple Hill

July 12th, 2010

On Sunday, we traveled a short way down the road to Manti to work on Temple Hill, home of the Manti Temple. Our goal was to learn about the stratigraphy of the Green River Formation at this locality, and we accomplished that through measuring a strat column through the upper “member” of the Green River and the overlying Crazy Hollow Formation. We had a great day in the field, producing a 120 foot strat column and just beating the storm clouds as they rolled in later in the afternoon.

Take a look at the photo below, which is a view of a small portion of the massive “Quarry Bed”. Used as a building stone in the Sanpete Valley, this bed is 8-9 feet in places and is filled with (often silicified) ooids, pellets, and ostracodes — a dream for a carbonate lover!!”

Here you can see that we have nearly completed our strat column. We are through the Green River Formation and nearly done measuring the overlying Crazy Hollow. Elizabeth is hard at work with her Jacob's Staff, while Jesse is...posing for his photo shoot for outdoor clothing and equipment on top of the Crazy Hollow.

Professor Greg Wiles is Wooster’s newest Shoolroy Chair of Natural Resources

July 12th, 2010

Professor Greg Wiles in the now iconic photograph published in The Guardian on May 14, 2009.

WOOSTER, OHIO–We are very pleased to announce that Greg Wiles has been promoted to Full Professor and named the Shoolroy Chair of Natural Resources at The College of Wooster.  Greg has been at Wooster since 1998 and is our geomorphologist-dendrochronologist-paleoclimatologist (and hydrogeologist, for that matter).  He earned his BA in geology from Beloit College, his masters from Binghamton University (The State University of New York), and his PhD from the University at Buffalo (The State University of New York).  Greg has many publications in first-rate journals, a large number of them with Wooster students.  He is an Adjunct Associate Research Scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (Columbia University), and an Adjunct Research Associate at the Byrd Polar Research Center (The Ohio State University).  Greg founded and manages the Wooster Tree Ring Lab which not only has put Wooster on the map for climate studies, but has been a place where many of our students have their first professional research experiences as interns and assistants.  Greg is a treasured teacher in Wooster’s Department of Geology, where he is also the chair.  Reader of this blog know that Greg does much summer research with his students in Alaska and locally.  He is also our media star!

Congratulations to Greg on this promotion and appointment!  We are very fortunate to have a scientist and teacher of his caliber and dedication in our community.