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Steve Peterson


Steve got his B.S. and M.S. in geology at Temple University and now works as an Environmental Consultant. He specializes in soils contaminated with heavy metals. Steve has experience working with XRF, XRD, SEM, ICP-MS, and Micro-Probe analysis.  Other research projects that Steve has participated in the past include developing procedural guidelines for preparation of samples for mechanical testing, permeability testing and powdered and clay oriented samples for x-ray analysis; extracted and analyzed core samples of the Atlantic CoastaPlain sediments at a drill site in Cambridge, Maryland; researched Atlantic Coastal Plain paleosols and their relationships across the area; and studied the implications of the Chesapeake Bay Impact site on Potomac Group paleosols.

Jesse got his B.S. in geology at Penn State, his M.S. in geology at Temple University, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Rutgers University. His research includes using paleosold and fluvial-deltaic deposits to reconstruct landscapes and climates. Jesse relies on geochemistry and stable isotope proxies to aid in these reconstructions. He is also familiar with pollen processing, identification, and biostratigraphy for correlation purposes. Currently, Jesse is working on the mid-Cretaceous coastal plain using cores from New Jersey and Delaware, as well as late Mississippian/early Pennsylvanian fluvial sediments from central and eastern Pennsylvania. Jesse has been involved in research projects in the past that included looking into the effect of the Chesapeake Bay impact event on terrestrial sediments, the temporal evolution of a mid-Cretaceous coastal plain setting in North Carolina, and evaluating middle/late Devonian landscapes from northern Pennsylvania.

Chris received his B.A. in geology at La Salle University, his M.S. in geology at Temple University, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at George Mason University. He specializes in coastal geomorphology along the Mid-Atlantic coast of the United States. Chris is currently doing research on the evolution of barrier islands along the Delmarva peninsula with a concentration on reconstructing paleo-channels found within the barrier island subsurface. The activity phases of these former channels gleam light on the evolutionary history of the barrier islands in which they breached. By researching how past storms have affected the barrier islands, Chris hopes to predict and model how future storms will affect the evolution of the coast in the light of our current state of climate change. Chris utilizes ground-penetrating radar, LIDAR, sediment coring, and multiple age dating techniques (C-14 and OSL) in his research to reconstruct the evolutionary history of barrier islands.