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Program for the
23rd Conference on
"Geology of Long Island and Metropolitan New York"

Saturday April 16, 2016

Presentations are in the Lecture Hall (ESS 001) in the  Earth and Space Sciences Building,
Stony Brook University

The conference will begin at 9:00 AM and is FREE.

Speakers please note: All presentations will be in Power Point. 
Please bring your presentation on a flash drive. 

You may not use your laptop.

No need to register. Just show up.

Teachers and professionals may receive contact hours towards professional development.

You can attend for any number of hours.

Everyone is welcome. Especially students.

Titles and Abstracts as of 04/13/2016

Each presentation will be 15 minutes.

Directions to Stony Brook University and the Earth and Space Sciences Building
To Long Island Geologists Web Page






9:00 AM

G.N. Hanson Stony Brook University

9:15 AM

The New York State Master Teacher Program: An Update on Experiences, Goals and Future Directions in Earth Science Teaching  
S. Burns
O. Crnosija
Connetquot High School
Smithtown High School West

9:30 AM

Stratigraphy Across the Hudson River, Tarrytown – Nyack, NY Updated From Borings for the New NY Bridge Replacing the Tappan Zee
C. Moss Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers

9:45 AM

Provenance of Early Cambrian Passive Margin Sediments: Clues from Detrital Zircons in the Poughquag Quartzite and Potsdam Sandstones S. Jaret
D. Gagler
E.T. Rasbury
Stony Brook University

10:00 AM

Glacial Features within the Nissequogue River and Connetquot State Park area D. Duprez
G.N. Hanson
Stony Brook University

10:15 AM

Geophysical Insights into ‘The Wall’,a Prominent Glacial Feature on the SBU Campus J. Burgher
D. Davis

10:30 AM

Long Island Carolina Bays: Wind, Water, or Impact? S. Tvelia
Suffolk Community College

10:45 AM

Poster Presenters give brief oral presentations

11:00 AM

Break  Coffee, Tea and Light Lunch 

11:30 AM

Pebbly Loess and its Effect on the Ecology of the Dwarf Pine Plains
M. Donnelly Stony Brook University

11:45 AM

Comparing Westchester Sediment to Long Island Loess: A Mapping Project
A. Danz Stony Brook University

12: 00 PM

A GPR-based Stratigraphic Analysis of Robert Moses State Park
M. Itzken
D. Davis
Stony Brook University

12:15 PM

Hydrologic Assessment of the Shallow Groundwater-Flow System beneath Shinnecock Nation Tribal Lands, Shinnecock, New York
M. Noll Stony Brook University

12:30 PM

Groundwater Head Monitoring in the Vicinity of the Brookhaven Landfill, 2015
D. Tonjes Stony Brook University

12:45 PM

Mapping Public Supply Well Water Quality in Nassau and Suffolk Counties T. Fuller
J. Touchet
R. Bova
Suffolk County Water Authority

1:00 PM

Numerical Modeling of a Site-specific Capture Zone and Plume Trajectory Delineation Concerning a Release of Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE)
SE Dressler Stony Brook University

1:15 PM

Submarine Groundwater Discharge and associated Nutrient Fluxes into Smithtown Bay
J. Tamborski

Stony Brook University

1:45 PM Field Trip to the Wall
Visit the new RIS4E Team Lab

Mapping Rapid Changes in a Barrier Island (Fire Island)

J. Llanos
D. Davis

Stony Brook University


Two Methods for Determining the Extent of Flooding during Hurricane Irene in Schenectady, NY

A. Lewis
E. Weaver
E. Dorward
A.E. Marsellos

Hofstra University


Evaluation and Analysis of the Environmental Impact of the June 28, 2013 Flood in
Herkimer, New York Using GIS and Other Reconstructive Data

B. Swan
A.T. Yankopoulos
A.E. Marsellos

Hofstra University


Determining Vulnerable Sites to Flood Risk using LiDAR, GIS and Data Mining: An Example of Fort Plain Flood of June 28th, 2013

L.A. D'Orsa
J.M. Langella
J.P. Sacket
A.E. Marsellos

Hofstra University


Field and Laboratory Assessment of a Flood Site: An Example of the Flooding of the Mohawk River at Lock 12 in Fort Hunter, NY, during Hurricane Irene (August 28-29th, 2011)

A.D. Sisti
E.I. Combs
A.E. Marsellos

Hofstra University


Determining the Age and Provenance of Glacial Erratics on the North Shore of Long Island based on XRF Geochronology of the Mineral Monazite

S. Beattie
A. Lanzirotti

William Floyd High School
University of Chicago


After the conference there will be an opportunity to:

  • Visit the new RIS4E Team Lab on the second floor of the ESS Building rooms 265 to 281 or

  • Attend a field trip to the "Wall" on campus meet at entrance to ESS Building near ESS 001

RIS4E Team Lab 

Led by Prof. Tim Glotch

The RIS4E team consists of leading researchers at a variety of institutions, each of which brings unique capabilities and talents to the team, ranging from laboratory analysis to field studies. By working to improve comparative measurements between samples and the surface of airless bodies, studying how we will one day safely explore those surfaces, and maximizing our measurements of all samples, especially small, precious returned samples, RIS4E will produce a wealth of information and a team of well-trained next generation scientists.The Remote, In Situ, and Synchrotron Studies for Science and Exploration (RIS4E) team, led by Professor Timothy Glotch of Stony Brook University, is one of nine nodes of NASA’s Solar System Exploration and Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI). Our team will address key aspects of the science and exploration of airless bodies in the Solar System, which include the Moon, Near Earth Asteroids (NEAs), and the moons of Mars.     

Field Trip to the Wall
Led by Prof. Dan Davis, Jamie Burgher and Michael Itskin
The "Wall” is a prominent (≈15 m high) hill on the Stony Brook Campus, about 400 m SSW of the conference site.  With slopes of up to 25 on both its NNW and NE facing flanks, The Wall is unlike any other nearby topographic features.  During this short field trip, we will visit this site to explore its surface morphology and we will image its subsurface structure using GPR (ground-penetrating radar).  Weather permitting, we will climb to the top of the hill and while there we will review the results of a series of recent surveys using resistivity and GPR and participants will have the opportunity to collect data using medium-frequency (250 MHz) GPR.  The data show that the radar stratigraphy of the interior of the hill consists of nearly horizontally-layered strata consistent with outwash.  The near-surface sediment, however, is replete with the dense clumping of diffraction hyperbolae characteristic of a diamict.  The numerous boulders and cobbles visible scattered across the surface are also consistent with a capping diamict, indicating that the glacier stepped up over this surface.  The isolated nature of The Wall is suggestive of a model in which its NNW and NE facing slopes are the relicts of a frontal and lateral ramp, respectively, in the glacier’s advance through and across the sediments deposited in front of it.
Geophysical Insights into ‘The Wall’,a Prominent Glacial Feature on the SBU Campus



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