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Gunn ’13 Presented at ASLO Conference

Patrick Gunn ’13 presented a poster at the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) conference Feb. 17-22 in New Orleans, La.

Gunn, along with Associate Professor of Geoscience Tara Curtin, Associate Professor of Biology Meghan Brown, and Associate Professor of Geoscience Neil Laird has been working to identify internal rhythms in circulation, biota, and sedimentation within Seneca Lake. The research project was made possible through a National Science Foundation grant started by Curtin, Brown and Laird in 2009.

“Professor Curtin and I have a long-term goal of publishing this research in a Geologic journal, as our findings have proved to be quite significant,” said Gunn, who is majoring in geoscience and minoring in environmental studies.

In May 2012, Gunn began working with Curtin as a special project intern, first accompanying her to the Friends of the Pleistocene conference in Mt. Washington, N.H. to discuss current geomorphologic theories regarding the Pleistocene glaciation of North America. Following the trip, Gunn and Curtin continued their work on the National Science Foundation research grant.

“Under the supervision of Professor Curtin, I have analyzed the collected sediment for mass accumulation rates, mineral composition, and isotopic composition of carbon and oxygen isotopes in calcite,” said Gunn.

Gunn, who achieved Dean’s List for the fall of 2012 semester, has worked as a Teaching Assistant for Assistant Professor of Geoscience David Kendrick’s “The Solid Earth” class. Currently, he is working as a mercury technician at the Finger Lakes Institute under the supervision of Lisa B. Cleckner, director.

“I have devoted the majority of my time at FLI to retrofitting the mercury/trace analysis lab, including comparing and ordering analytical equipment, researching and writing protocols, and developing a complete chemical hygiene plan for the Institute,” he says. “With the fish stream sample season approaching, I have also been conducting numerous quality control analyses of mercury in fish and standardized materials using the Institute’s Milestone DMA-80 analyzer.”

In addition to Gunn and Curtin, Professor of Geoscience John Halfman, Laura Cappio ’13 and Molly George ’13 attended the ASLO conference. For more than 50 years the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography has been a leading professional organization for researchers and educators in the field of aquatic science. Best known for its highly rated research journals, its interdisciplinary meetings and its special symposia, the society supports increasingly important programs in public education, outreach and public policy.