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Dr. Cassandra Runyon Talks About The Apollo 11 Anniversary on "The College Today"

Cass Runyon Apollo 11

Dr. Cassandra Runyon was featured on the the College of Charleston's news website "The College Today" to share her thoughts on the historic Apollo 11 moon landing in honor of its 50th anniversary on July 20, 2019. Dr. Runyon shares where she was when the Apollo 11 landing occurred, her work as a planetary geologist, and some of the technology that resulted from the Apollo 11 mission. Read the full article


2019 Graduates

Geology Student's App Promotes Solar Power

Skye Pellicia

College of Charleston junior Skye Pelliccia  designed a new app aimed at helping property owners on the Caribbean island of St. Thomas understand the potential benefits of solar panels for their specific home or business with the simple click of a button.

“I wanted to raise awareness that you can save so much money and energy with solar panels,” says Pelliccia, a geology major. Read the full article

Geology Professor Dr. Phillip Manning Spotlights Fossil Research in his TEDxCharleston Talk

College of Charleston paleontology professor Phil Manning recently spoke about breakthroughs in fossil research at the 2016 TEDxCharleston program, explaining  the work he and his colleagues have done using a synchrotron that produces light of extraordinary brightness and enables scientists to analyze the chemical composition of fossils at the atomic scale. Read the full article and watch the TED talk

Geology Professor Dr. Barbara Beckingham as a Featured Expert on "The College Today." 

When the statistic about how much waste Americans produce each year – approximately 251 million tons – gets thrown around, you might imagine an overflowing trash can, mountainous land fills or litter lining the shoulder of a highway. College of Charleston Assistant Professor of Geology and Environmental Geosciences Barbara Beckingham pictures something much smaller. Read the full article

Geology Alumni Take Part in Search of Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

As a hydrographic surveyor, College of Charleston alumnus Ransom White ’06 has traveled the world using sonar equipment to map the sea floor. Now he’s putting his skills to the test on one of the largest and most technologically advanced aviation searches in history: the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Check out the full article Here!

GIS Students under Dr. Norman Levine Construct Hurricane Hazard Computer Model

"Landfall just south of the city from a Hugo-scale hurricane could tear up nearly half the homes in the region and destroy tens of thousands of them. Tens of thousands of people would be homeless, at least temporarily, and thousands forced to shelters. Businesses and jobs could come to a standstill, and the loss to the economy alone could be far more than $2 billion." Read the full article Here!

Geology Department Featured on "6 Fun Ways to Fulfill General Education Requirements This Fall." 

The co-requisite lab for both Environmental Geology (GEOL 103) and Dynamic Earth (GEOL 101) include field trips to Folly Beach to “to examine coastal processes, such as dune formation, coastal erosion, effects of changing sea level on coastal structures, and much more,” according to Laboratory Coordinator Robin Humphreys! Read the full article Here!

New "Evolution of Whales" Exhibit Opens at the Mace Brown Museum of Natural History!

The new museum exhibit opened today for a sneak preview before the grand opening to be announced later. Come be one of the first to see the new exhibit! Check out the facebook page and webpage for info on the Natural History Museum.

Dr. Cassandra Runyon on "The College Today"

Dr. Cassandra Runyon was recently featured on College of Charleston's "The College Today" news website for her work within the Department, with NASA Space Mission Design, NASA research, and education of the visually impaired. Read the entire article by clicking here!

College of Charleston Tries out it's New Drone

The College of Charleston Geology Department took out its new SenseFLY eBee Drone on August 14th for its maiden flight. This drone will asssist the professors in obtaining in creating 3D maps by taking aerial photos from up to 400 feet above ground. Read the Live 5 News article about the drone here!

Water Quality Blog by Dr. Vulava

Dr. Vulava recently published a water quality blog on Charleston Waterkeeper about his recent study abroad trip to India. Check out the full post by clicking here!


Marine Research with Doc Sautter:

Dr. Leslie Sautter is currently on board the University of Washington's (UW) Research VesselThompson, 300 miles off the Oregon coast.  Her and her research team are installing cables and instruments on the mile-deep seafloor at the caldera of Axial Seamount, an active volcano situated on the Juan de Fuca spreading ridge.  This cruise is Leg 1 of 7 legs which make up the VISIONS '14 Expedition.  This expedition is the final phase of construction of the NSF-funded $250 million Regional Scale Nodes (RSN) deep sea fiber-optic cabled observatory.  The RSN is managed by the UW School of Oceanography, and it is part of the NSF Ocean Observatories Initiative (The NSF-OOI's RSN, operated by UW!). We are using a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) called ROPOS to do the work, while we control the robot from the ship.  When ROPOS is diving, we stream LIVE HD VIDEO of the seafloor that you will be able to view by clicking here! Also keep track of the team via twitter feed here!



Greece Study Abroad Trip Returns:


The Greece study abroad trip team just returned from a month of seafloor mapping and beach profiling in Atalanti, Greece. From left to right: Dante Curcio, Scott Harris (professor), Shelby Bowden, Jessie Woodruff, Jean Catherine Hubbard, Robert Jones. Check out the facebook album here!

India Study Abroad Trip Returns:


Drs. Vulava and Callahan led the third group of students to India this summer to study water resources and pollution along the entire stretch of India from Gangotri glacier in the Himalayas to the Sunderbans mangrove forest near the Bay of Bengal.  Most of the students from this group are geology majors and they earned Field Studies credit for this course in an international setting.  The students not only learned a wide range of scientific issues regarding water use in India, but also the role that the government and the Indian culture plays on how water is used in this part of the world.  They also had a lot of great food and fun along the way!  Check out the Facebook link for pictures of all their adventures!



Dr. Cassandra Runyon was quoted in an April article in National Geographic concerning why we see faces on the moon. Check out this link for the full story!

Field studies 2014

Our 2014 Field Studies group just got back from studying the geological features of the American West: Utah, Nevada, Arizona. For more pictures, check out the facebook album here

Folly Beach

College of Charleston professor Scott Harris uncovers mystery behind Folly Beach crystal clear blue water. Read more here from Post and Courierand here from ABC News! 

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