Science and technology students, faculty present research at conferences
Ethan Allen (right), master of science geology student, and Kevin Nick, PhD, assistant professor of geology, assess research in the San Bernardino Mountains.
This past fall, students and faculty from the department of earth and biological sciences presented research at the 118th annual meeting of the Geological Society of America. Held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, approximately 6,200 geoscientists attended.
Loma Linda University research and presenters included the following:
• “Exceptional Occurrence of Fossil Baleen in the Miocene/ Pliocene Pisco Formation, Peru” by Raul Esperante, PhD, researcher at the Geoscience Research Institute, and Leonard Brand, PhD, professor of biology and paleontology;
• “Tufa Mound Deposits in the Fluvial-Lacustrine Copper Canyon Unit, Death Valley National Park, California” by Torrey Nyborg, MS, PhD student, and Paul Buchheim, PhD, professor of geology;
• “Lacustrine Ostracods and other Microcrustaceans with Preserved Appendages from the Miocene Barstow Formation” by Leroy Leggitt, PhD, DDS, assistant professor of geology and associate professor of orthodontics; and,
• “Fraction Trends and Assimilation in Cretaceous and Triassic Intrusives in the Central San Bernardino Mountains, California” by Ethan Allen, MS student, and Kevin Nick, PhD, assistant professor of geology.
“A poster by Ethan Allen and others presented evidence for how one of the granitic units in the San Bernardino Mountains was emplaced,” says Dr. Nick. “Geochemical data shows both how the magma changed as it ascended through the crust and how it changed as it mixed with surrounding rock units before it solidified.”
In addition, Leonard Brand, PhD, professor of biology and paleontology and chair of the department of earth and biological sciences, School of Science and Technology, presented at the 66th annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. Held this past fall, his study is titled “A Contribution to the Stratigraphy of the Miocene/Pliocene Pisco Formation, Peru.”
“I was able to get acquainted with several other scientists who are starting to work on fossils in the Pisco Formation,” says Dr. Brand.
By Patricia Thio