For more than 85 years, the Conservation and Survey Division in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's School of Natural Resources has been home to one of the leading test hole drilling programs in the country.
Geologist Tracy Frank has earned respect from many of her colleagues at UNL and across the nation -- demonstrated by her recent election to the 2015 class of Geological Society of America Fellows.
A new guide released by UNL's Conservation and Survey Division is designed to help geologists and well drillers consistently catalog geologic material encountered during the drilling of water wells and shallow test holes. The guide features photos for rock corresponding cuttings to assist with accurate identifications.
Twelve years ago, geologist Matt Joeckel went to Happy Jack Chalk Mine near Scotia, Nebraska to do some digging. "The project started out as a service call," Joeckel said. That service call led to a discovery that was millions of years in the making.
The north-central section meeting of the Geological Society of America will take place on April 24-25 in Lincoln. Several representatives from UNL's School of Natural Resources and the Conservation and Survey Division are involved with the two-day event.
UNL paleoclimatologist Sherilyn Fritz is project coordinator for a large multidisciplinary team of North and South American scientists that recently won a five-year, $4.4 million Frontiers in Earth-System Dynamics grant from the National Science Foundation. The researchers will study how climate and geology interact to shape biodiversity in the Amazon and Andean forests through time.
Matt Joeckel, professor and geologist in the School of Natural Resources, will present "Everything You Wanted to Know about Rocks but Were Afraid to Ask" at 7 p.m. Nov. 19 in the Hardin Hall auditorium. The seminar is free and open to the public.