ASU Earth Sciences presents student awards

(05-08-2013)

The Adams State University Earth Sciences program recognized three outstanding graduating seniors at its annual poster symposium, May 2. Dr. Rob Benson, professor of geology and earth sciences, and Dr. Jared Beeton, asst. professor of earth sciences, presented the awards.
Kyle Bufis was named ASU Outstanding Earth Science Student, while Jaime Sutton received the Outstanding Geoscience Student award from the Association for Women Geoscientists, and Matthew Sadler was named the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists' Outstanding Geology Student. Fourteen earth sciences students will receive their degrees at the upcoming Adams State Spring Commencement Ceremony, May 11.

Andrew Valdez, Adams State alumnus and geologist at the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, talks with Mysti Mosley about her poster, "Desertification in the San Luis Valley of Southern Colorado."

    The posters summarized the students' Senior Geography Capstone Presentations, which were presented in full April 30, as well as work from the Hydrogeology course and those presented recently at the Association of American Geographers Conference in Los Angeles.

    The posters included:

    • "Environmental Justice Regarding Parks in Alamosa, Colorado", by Tyler Corbin
    • "The Use of Local Aerial Photos in Small-Scale Remote Delineation of Wetlands," by Jared Skadberg
    • "Desertification in the San Luis Valley of Southern Colorado," by Mysti Mosley
    • "Interpretive Guidelines for Archaeologists to Better Understand an Area's Geologic Story," by Patrick Ortiz
    • "An Alternative Plan for the Sustainable Retrofitting of Alamosa, Colorado," by Madeline Brinkley
    • "Late-Pleistocene to Early-Holocene Climate Change: A Study of San Luis Valley Paleo-wetlands," by Kyle Bufis
    • "History of Agricultural Methods in the San Luis Valley," by Brianna Boyd
    • "Urban Forestry: A Case Study of Adams State University," by Mark Martinez
    • "Applications in Remote Sensing of Paleo-wetland identification in the San Luis Valley," by Jaime Sutton
    • "Mountain Pine Beetle Mitigation: A Comparative Look at Mountain Pine Beetle Management," by Patrick Martin
    • "Geoarchaeology of the Scott Miller, Mr. Peat, and Magna Sites, San Luis Valley, Colorado," by Kyle Bufis, Jaime Sutton, Patrick Ortiz, Deacon Aspinwall, and Adam Williams
    • "Geoarchaeology of the Villa Grove Mammoth Site, San Luis Valley, Colorado," by Jared Beeton and Steve Holen
    • "Utah Trip, Mapping the Pertified Forest," by Patrick Martin, Josh Adams, Jason Roth
    • "Geology Excursion 352 Capitol Reef March 9th to 13th, 2013," by Deacon Aspinwall, Jacob Smith, and Ben Evans
    • "Geology 352 - Capitol Reef UT, Mapping the Petrified Forest," by Stephanie Schatz, Kate Schultz, and Lea Schiola

    Geology Professor Rob Benson presents Matthew Sadler with the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists' Outstanding Geology Student Award.

    Kyle Bufis was named ASU Outstanding Earth Science Student.

    He also presented at this years Student Scholar Days event. You can watch his interview with fellow student Patrick Ortiz, and find out a bit more about their research project.  

    Jaime Sutton received the Outstanding Geoscience Student award from the Association for Women Geoscientists.

    Jaime was also a featured participant in the Student Scholar Days event this year. Her interview with fellow student Deacon Aspinwall is featured below.

    By Julie Waechter