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Summa Cum Laude Geology Grad Wins Geological Society Poster Award

Recent SUNY Plattsburgh geology grad Kristin Negrycz was the winner of the Geological Society of America’s 2012 outstanding poster award contest for the northeast section.

Her poster, “Apatite Fission-track Discontinuities Along a Transect Through the Grenville Province from Baie Comeau, Quebec, to Labrador City, Newfoundland-Labrador,” was chosen from a field of more than 150 other undergraduate posters presented at the northeastern section of the society in Hartford, Conn., this spring. Her poster will be displayed again at the annual meeting of the society in Charlotte, N.C., Nov. 4-7.

Negrycz analyzed a sample from within the outer rim of the Manicouagan impact crater in Quebec and determined an age of about 265 million years — consistent with a previously determined age for the meteorite impact of about 214 million years.

Her study used an age-dating technique called apatite fission-track analysis to determine the timing of cooling and uplift on the Earth’s crust after the impact event.

Her poster was co-authored by SUNY Plattsburgh geology professor, Dr. Mary Roden-Tice, and Dr. Michael Higgins of the Université du Québeca á Chicoutimi.

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