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Geosciences students present at Baltimore conference

3/9/2010

As spring finally approaches, four Austin Peay State University geosciences majors are heading north to Baltimore, and they couldn’t be more pleased with this colder destination.

That’s because Brandon Parker, Ryan Davison, Jeff Fields Jr. and Jerrod Manning are getting the unique opportunity to present undergraduate research at the annual meeting of the Northeastern and Southeastern Sections of the Geological Society of America.
As spring finally approaches, four Austin Peay State University geosciences majors are heading north to Baltimore, and they couldn't be more pleased with this colder destination.

That's because Brandon Parker, Ryan Davison, Jeff Fields Jr. and Jerrod Manning are getting the unique opportunity to present undergraduate research at the annual meeting of the Northeastern and Southeastern Sections of the Geological Society of America.

For the last several months, the students have studied the fossils of extinct marine arthropods collected in Benton and Henry Counties, and they'll present their new findings on the eye morphology of these creatures at the meeting.

To help pay for the trip, the newly established APSU Office of Undergraduate Research provided each of the students with $200 travel grants. Ryan Davidson received an additional $105 from the Geological Society of America for travel. Jerrod Manning also received $600 from the APSU Student Affairs office because he is giving a second presentation at the meeting. Manning examined fossil samples from Alabama from the Eocene and Oligocene eras, and his findings indicate a shift in environmental conditions between those periods.

For more information on the research or the upcoming meeting in Baltimore, contact geosciences professor Dr. Daniel Frederick at 221-7455 or frederickd@apsu.edu. -- Charles Booth