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Far from Over

By • Aug 8th, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

As I sit in McGlothlin for my last week of “research” (designing and setting up the new lab so that I can reach everything), I realize a few things. For starters, when they say that on-campus move-out is August 5th, they mean that not a soul will be left after that time, and the Grind […]



When the Professors are Away….

By • Aug 1st, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Last week, both of our advisors were on vacation, so we were left to our own devices. We were excited to be independent researchers (even though our professors were only a phone call away) and see how well we could function. Naturally, 30 seconds after one professor left we had to chase him down at […]



Dripping Acid

By • Jul 13th, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Now that I have your attention, I’ll sum up the past couple weeks of research: We’ve equilibrated resin with streamwater, and collected streamwater that still needs to be equilibrated. The next step is to knock off the ions that the cation exchange resin is holding, so that we can analyze them. To do this, we […]



First Update- Picking Watersheds, Collecting Data

By • Jun 30th, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

A little over three weeks into my research, and I suppose I’ve embraced my first summer in Virginia. My research fluctuates between days spent in front of a computer and field days spent around James City County, collecting water and data from streams. We began the summer with 7 preliminary watersheds, ranging from forested (Matoaka […]



Using 22Na to Measure Effects of Impervious Surfaces on the Age of Groundwater

By • Apr 15th, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hello! My name is Kira Holmes, and as a junior Geology major I’ll be working with Greg Hancock and Jim Kaste over the summer on research for my senior thesis. Development of urban areas has been rapidly increasing over recent decades. Cities are using every square foot of space, while suburban areas are building strip […]