Geosciences Team Wins Regional Competition – Imperial Barrel Award

March 20, 2015

 Contact: James Staub, UM geosciences department chair, 406-243-2341, james.staub@umontana.edu.

UM Geosciences Team Wins Regional Competition, Advances to International Event

 MISSOULA – A team of University of Montana geosciences graduate and undergraduate students won the regional American Association of Petroleum Geologists’ Imperial Barrel Award on Saturday, March 14. The students will advance to the international competition Friday and Saturday, May 29-30, in Denver.

Students Anna Phelps, Brianna Berg, Cody Bomberger, Clayton Schultz and John Zupanic presented their analysis to a panel of industry experts who selected a winner based on technical findings and presentation quality. In their first attempt at the competition, the UM students defeated seven other Rocky Mountain region institutions, including Brigham Young University; BYU, Idaho; Colorado School of Mines; New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology; University of Utah; Utah State University and the University of Wyoming.

The team of UM students was mentored by UM geosciences researcher Michael Hofmann. They attribute their success in part to collaboration with UM alumni, especially Dave McGee, who volunteered his time as a project consultant remotely from Denmark.

The students reflect the UM community and philosophy by building success with a diverse group of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and alumni working creatively together.

“The past eight weeks have been an incredible experience,” said Berg, one of the team’s undergraduate members. “I am so glad that I got to compete in the Imperial Barrel Award competition with teammates that I also consider friends. It was stressful, but the hard work paid off and we can now proudly call ourselves the 2015 Rocky Mountain Section IBA winners.”

For more information on the competition, visit http://iba.aapg.org/section_rockymountain.cfm.

UM geosciences students (from left) Brianna Berg, Cody Bomberger, John Zupanic, Anna Phelps and Clayton Schultz, who won the regional American Association of Petroleum Geologists’ Imperial Barrel Award, stand with their mentor, UM research faculty member Michael Hofmann.

UM geosciences students (from left) Brianna Berg, Cody Bomberger, John Zupanic, Anna Phelps and Clayton Schultz, who won the regional American Association of Petroleum Geologists’ Imperial Barrel Award, stand with their mentor, UM research faculty member Michael Hofmann.

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AGU – Outstanding Student Presentation Award

Congratulations to the University of Montana OSPA winners at the recent AGU meeting in San Francisco. Kurt Imhoff and Sharon Bywater-Reyes both study under the guidance of Professor Andrew Wilcox in the UM Geosciences Department.

2014 Fall Meeting OSPA Winners

Earth & Planetary Surface Processes

Mathieu Lapotre
Kurt Imhoff
Eric Winchell
Dan Scott
Derek Schook
Jessica  Zinger
Sharon  Bywater-Reyes

New Graduate Student Research Talks

Please join us for Graduate Student Research talks to be presented on Monday, December 1, at 4:10 p.m. in CHCB304.

4:10-4:20: Ellen Knappe, Continental rifting dynamics in East Africa, Turkana Basin

4:20-4:30: Clayton Schultz, Diagenesis of the Sappington Formation

4:30-4:40: Carson MacPherson-Krutsky, Filling the information gap surrounding natural hazards

4:40-4:50: Stuart Parker, Deformed conglomerates of the southern Beaverhead Mountains: Neotectonic implications​

4:50-5:00: John Zupanic, Lateral heterogeneity of the Upper Frontier Formation

5:00-5:10: Jacob Dyste, Changes in juvenile salmonid use of in-stream wood in response to tree species and diameter

5:10-5:20: Teresa Scanlon, Coal mining effects on water quality and invertebrates

5:20-5:30: Michael Jahnke, Sediment routing in semiarid mountain streams to understand hillslope-channel connectivity

 

 

 

Guest Speaker – Patrick Wright and Caitlyn Florentine

On Monday, November 17, at noon in CHCB 304, Patrick Wright, Geosciences Ph.D. Candidate, will give a talk entitled “Controls on Winter Velocity, Greenland Ice Sheet” followed by Caitlyn Florentine, Geosciences Ph.D. candidate. Her talk is entitled “Constraining the Effects of Bedrock Troughs on Ice Flow Using Radar Data and Numerical Modeling.”

M.S. Thesis presentation – Drew Cramer

On Friday, December 5, at 9:00 a.m. in CHCB 304, Drew Cramer will give his thesis presentation entitled “Proterozoic tectonometamorphic evolution of the Ruby Range, SW Montana, USA: Insights from phase equilibria modeling and in situ monazite petrochronology​.”

Guest Speaker – James Sears

James Sears will be giving the colloquium talk today (11/3/2014) at noon in CHCB 304.  His presentation is entitled “From River to Ridge: How the Continental Divide cut a ‘Super-River’ off at the Pass, Montana-Idaho Border.”