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Snell, Kathryn Assistant Professor

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  • Dr. Snell's research investigates sedimentary and geochemical records of terrestrial paleoenvironmental change. She is particularly interested in learning how terrestrial environments respond to rapid climate change events and in using paleoclimate records to reconstruct elevation of mountain ranges in the past. Currently, much of her research focuses on the paleoclimate and tectonic development of the western United States during the last 100 million years.

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  • sedimentology, paleoclimatology, terrestrial paleoenvironmental change, tectonics, paleoelevation, stable isotope geochemistry

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  • GEOL 1020 - Dodos, Dinos, and Deinococcus: The History of a Habitable Planet
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Examines how the solid, fluid, and living Earth interact, how changes in the oceans, atmosphere and life reflect that interaction over the immensity of geologic time, and how the rock record is analyzed to reconstruct the co-evolution of Earth and life. Degree credit not granted for this course and GEOL 1040.
  • GEOL 4380 - Fundamentals of Stable Isotope Geochemistry
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    This course teaches students the fundamental principles of stable isotope fractionation during physical and biological processes, and the application of these behaviors to a wide range of important geologic questions. The course will use classic case studies from the geologic record to illustrate these principles. Same as GEOL 5380.
  • GEOL 4675 - Stable Isotopes in Paleoclimate and Paleoecology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Explores the use of stable isotope geochemistry for research questions in paleoclimatology and paleoecology. Covers physical and biological drivers of isotopic fractionation, systematics and applications of light elements such as carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, hydrogen, sulfur and boron and some less traditional isotopic systems. Applications include marine and terrestrial paleoclimate proxies and some uses for ecology and paleoecology. Same as GEOL 5675.
  • GEOL 4700 - Special Geological Topics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Studies in selected geological subjects of special current interest (for undergraduates). May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours within a term.
  • GEOL 5380 - Fundamentals of Stable Isotope Geochemistry
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    This course teaches students the fundamental principles of stable isotope fractionation during physical and biological processes, and the application of these behaviors to a wide range of important geologic questions. The course will use classic case studies from the geologic record to illustrate these principles. Same as GEOL 4380.
  • GEOL 5675 - Stable Isotopes in Paleoclimate and Paleoecology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Explores the use of stable isotope geochemistry for research questions in paleoclimatology and paleoecology. Covers physical and biological drivers of isotopic fractionation, systematics and applications of light elements such as carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, hydrogen, sulfur and boron and some less traditional isotopic systems. Applications include marine and terrestrial paleoclimate proxies and some uses for ecology and paleoecology. Same as GEOL 4675.
  • GEOL 5700 - Geological Topics Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Offers seminar studies in geological subjects of special current interest. Primarily for graduate students, as departmental staff and facilities permit. May be repeated up to 15 total credit hours provided that topics vary.
  • GEOL 5704 - Carbonates Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Focuses broadly on the topic of carbonates, including sedimentology, geochemistry, and geobiology of carbonates. Each semester will have a distinct theme under these sub-topics. Students will be responsible for leading discussion on individual readings and will be able to provide input on both the theme and the individual reading selections. Upper-level GEOL majors can register with instructor approval.

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