Tuesday Noon Balloon with Department Undergrads


Undergraduate Research

Emily Goldstein, and Stephanie Jurburg

Tuesday November 23rd
Room 417 Schermerhorn Hall


Summary:  Undergraduates in the department of Earth and Environmental Sciences are encouraged to get involved in a research project by their junior year.  Research projects may be based at Columbia or other institutions, and may take place during the academic year or be summer internships.  Sometimes projects evolve into the senior theses.  At this week's Noon Balloon, two department upperclassmen will discuss their research experiences.  The talks are informal and each student will speak for about 15 minutes. 


Precambrian Metasediments in NE Yellowstone National Park - Emily Goldstein

Emily GoldsteinEmily is a department senior majoring in Earth Science.  She spent the summer in Yellowstone National Park for an REU summer internship through Montana State University. The research she did there is the basis of her senior thesis which seeks to answer two questions about Archean metasediments in Yellowstone: What was the depositional environment for the sediments, and how old are they?


14C and Dendrochronology: Analyzing the Tree-Ring Record for Anthropogenic CO2 - Stephanie Jurburg

Stephanie, a junior, is an Environmental Biololgy major with a special concentration in Environmental Science.  This past summer she was an intern in the Tree Ring Laboratory at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.  She will discuss how she is using 14C data to evaluate how tree rings record local fluctuations in CO2, observing how urban forests and changes in infrastructure affect the data scientists collect.


Future talks are scheduled for Tuesdays from 12:15-1:00pm in Room 417 Schermerhorn Hall.  Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch.

All are welcome to attend!