Undergraduate Theses

2019-2016

2019
Student Title             Adviser
Alejandra Angulo Petrology of magmatic enclaves and mafic dikes in the Jack Main Canyon intrusive suite, central Sierra Nevada Memeti
Erin Boeshart Sedimentologic Analysis of the Late Ordovician Lower Member of the Ely Springs Dolomite at Vaughn Gulch, Inyo County, California Woods
Ryan Bremer Petrography and geochemistry of enclaves across the Tuolumne intrusive complex, Sierra Nevada, CA Memeti
Celeste Flores Geochronologic, petrographic and geochemical analysis of the migration and composition of the Tarana intrusive complex, Bathurst batholith, Eastern Australia Memeti
Jamie Hayward Stratigraphic Variability in Response to Environmental Changes Across Short and Long Time Scales Along the Southern Monterey Bay Continental Shelf Carlin
2018
Terrinda Alonzo 13 year analysis of water pressure and chemical changes from well C.S.F-1, Fullerton, California Laton
Shayna Avila Basalt Correlation in the Sylvania Mountains, California, by X-Ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy, (X.R.F.) J.Knott
John Ayers The Half Dome granodiorite on the east side of the Tuolumne intrusive complex, Yosemite National Park, California: Big or small magma chambers? Memeti
Kaycee Coonen Description and phylogenetic analysis of a new leatherback sea turtle from the Miocene of Peru with comments on the diversity of mosaic-shelled dermochelyids through time Parham
Byron Cragg Designing Scientific Payloads for use on Extra-Planetary Rovers Laton
Adrian Escobar Ground source heat pump potential characterization for California State University, Fullerton Laton
Connor Frederickson Geochemical and Petrographic Analysis of Salt-Dome Associated Calcite Phases in Gulf Coast Cap Rocks: Implications for Carbon Sources and Paragenetic Evolution Loyd
Sabrina Green Investigating magma plumbing systems and volcanic-plutonic connections in the Iron Mountain pendant, Sierra National Forest, California Memeti
Isabel Guinto Using a virtual field trip to teach the plutonic history of Yosemite National Park Bursztyn
E. Gutierrez Investigating the volcanic-plutonic connection using geochemistry in the Minarets Caldera, eastern central Sierra Nevada mountain range, California Memeti
Rhyan Ibarra Stride like a velociraptor! Bursztyn
E. Jimenez Correlation of basalts in Fish Lake Valley CA/NV using X-Ray Fluorescence J.Knott
Desiree Lucas Evaluating Volcanic-Plutonic Connections in the Ireland Lake area in Yosemite National Park, California Memeti
Tan Nguyen Sedimentary Controls on Coastal Wetland Stability in Southern California Carlin
Victoria Severin Interpreting Recent Stratigraphic Changes for the Northern Monterey Bay Continental Shelf Carlin
Shookah Shahbazi A new fossil walrus from the late Miocene Empire Formation of Coos County, Oregon, and comparisons to OCPC 11141 from the Capistrano Formation of Orange County, California Parham
Joshua Vanderwal Safety element for Cal State University Fullerton understanding of hazards surrounding the campus Laton
Amber Walker Basalt Correlation in the Sylvania Mountains, California and Nevada J.Knott
Leah Wiitablake Manageable molecular mineralogy: Developing a userfriendly interactive mineralogy game for mobile devices Bursztyn
2017
Kaelin Andelin Sulfur isotope composition of salt-hosted anhydrite Loyd
Alexander Arita Examining the geochemical relationships between the Twentynine Palms and Queen Mountain plutons in Joshua Tree National Park Memeti
Eduardo Chavez Exploring Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (L.I.B.S.) for use in geologic provenance studies Memeti
Dulce Cortez Event-scale mudflat sedimentation in Upper Newport Bay, California Carlin
Jovany Estrada Using zircon trace element signatures to evaluate the nature of Middle Jurassic magmatism within the southern forearc of the Sierra Nevada arc D.Clemens-Knott
Lizzeth Flores Understanding the petrogenesis of the Twentynine Palms Quartz-Monzonite in Joshua Tree National Park using K-feldspar megacrysts Memeti
Joseph Gutierrez Yosemite: A virtual field trip Bursztyn
Kevin Hunter Investigating variations in Holocene sedimentation along the Monterey Bay continental shelf Carlin
Danielle Jackson Playing in the sand: The Augmented Reality sandbox as an interactive topographic lesson Bursztyn
Ryutaro Koga Identifying paleo-seismic events along the Newport-Inglewood fault zone Carlin
Zoe Kohler Age, petrography, and geochemistry of the Tubatulabal volcanic suite, southwestern Kern Plateau, southern Sierra Nevada mountains, California D.Clemens-Knott
Isaac Magallanes A new fossil walrus from Southern California provides insights on the phylogeny and diversity of odobenids Parham
Anthony Mistretta Using zircon trace element signatures to evaluate a subset of Late Jurassic detrital zircons from within the Sierra Nevada arc D.Clemens-Knott
Angelic Perez What motivates questionable interactions between humans and protected lands that result in destructive behavior? Bursztyn
Hogan Rangel Statistical analysis of the relationship between coastal precipitation and desert precipitation across southern California Kirby
Veronica Smith Geochemical and petrographic relations between mafic intrusions in post-Peach Spring tuff deposits in the southern Black Mountains, Meadow Creek basin, near Oatman, Arizona D.Clemens-Knott
Dane Van Orman Are southern California salt marshes keeping pace with sea level rise: an investigation of salt marsh sedimentation in Upper Newport Bay, California, U.S.A. Carlin
2016
Michaela Adler Constraining the age of the Eocene Talega bonebed through microfossil vertebrate index taxa Parham
Andrea Arevalo Using Ostracods in Silver Lake, California, to reconstruct past hydrologic variability Kirby
Amanda Avalos Investigating modern sedimentation rates along the central California continental shelf Carlin
Mauricio Avila Major, minor, and trace element analysis of the Montney Formation, Peace River Embayment (eastern Alberta, Canada) following the Permian-Triassic mass extinction Woods
Christopher Baker Applying apatite detrital fisson-track thermochronology to evaluate exhumation in southern Alaska Armstrong
Michelle Barboza Vertebrate fauna and ungulate biostratigraphy of the highly fossiliferous Oso San member, Capistrano Formation, Orange County, California Parham
Sam Bergeland Post Permian-Triassic extinction productivity and paleooxygenation from analysis of trace elements from the Peace River Embayment region of eastern Alberta, Canada Woods
Dominic Chaulk Gravity analysis to determine the subsurface geometry of the Sierra Nevada frontal fault system in Owens Valley Armstrong
Shawn Colby Nature of organic carbon associated with Miocene carbonate concretions of the Monterey Formation Loyd
Crystal Cortez An articulated skeleton of a Carcharodon Hastalis from the Monterey Formation, Orange County, California Parham
Brian Fullaway Trace element analysis of the Lower Triassic Montney Formation of southwestern Alberta: Productivity and oxygen levels following the Permian-Triassic mass extinction Woods
Brian Gadbois Fault orientations of the Sierra Nevada frontal fault zone in the vicinity of Lone Pine, California: Implications for Basin and Range extension Armstrong
Adrian Garibay New species of the StemSeal Allodesmus from the Middle Miocene Topanga Formation of Orange County Parham
Andrew Grabow  The Ely Springs Dolomite in the Nopah Range, eastern California and western Nevada Woods
Michelle Harb Depositional history of a back-barrier lagoon through the mid to late Holocene Carlin
Brenna Hess Reconstruction of fire and climate from the Ford Lake sediments: southeast Mojave Desert, California Kirby
Nancy Ibarra Drilling methodology: A field guide and its use for the drilling industry Laton
Stephen Jones Dynamic analysis of Long Canyon in Desert Hot Springs, California Rhodes
Jacob Katona Geochemistry of basalts in the White Mountains and Horse Thief Hills, California D.Clemens-Knott
Natalie Law Using geochemistry to establish the connection between dacites and rhyolites of the Bonanza tuff, San Juan volcanic field, CO Memeti
Enrique Lopez Possible ophiolite slivers embedded in the southwestern Sierra Nevada batholith, Kern and Bakersfield Counties, California D.Clemens-Knott
Scott Lowery Investigating the magma processes responsible for the compositional variation in the northeastern Cathedral Peak lobe in Yosemite National Park Memeti
Baolong (Lucas) Lu Identification of a methane carbon source for organic carbon contained in salt dome cap rocks of the Gulf Coast Loyd
Anthony Macias Trace elemental analysis of productivity and oxygenation conditions within the western Canada sedimentary basin following the Permian-Triassic mass extinction Woods
Ryan McKay Searching for the source rock of cogstones in southern California Memeti
Megan Murphy A 1300 year run-off reconstruction from Crystal Lake in the San Gabriel mountains of southern California Kirby
Anthony Natividad Hydrogeological survey of a mountainous region: The significance of monitoring water resources Laton
Dalin Nguyen Palaeocurrents and provenance of the Mae Rim Formation, Chiang Mai Basin, northern Thailand Rhodes
Tracy Nguyen 1300 years of hydroclimatic change recorded in Crystal Lake sediments Kirby
Julie Ortiz Analysis of trace element variations of sedimentary rock samples from the western Canada sedimentary basin following the Permian-Triassic mass extinction Woods
Sierra Patterson Locating the volcanic source region of prehistoric cogged stones from southern California Memeti
Trevor Slazas Constraining environmental conditions along the northern margin of Laurentia during the Late Ordovician: An analysis of the Ely Springs Dolomite in eastern California Woods
Matan Salmon Rate and timing of exhumation in the Copper River corridor, western Chugach mountains, southern Alaska Armstrong
Amanda Shellhorn Evaluation of the contact relationships between the eastern Sierra Nevada and basaltic flows near Big Pine, CA Armstrong
Rebecca Steever Evaluating a potential connection between the Late Jurassic-Early Cretaceous Osa Creek Ring complex and the Blackrock andesite, southern Sierra Nevada, California D.Clemens-Knott
Corey Stout Reconstruction of hydrologic variability during the last 1,200 years using sediments from Ford Lake in the Mojave Desert, California Kirby
Russ Tinnell Petrology of the Bodfish pluton, southern Sierra Nevada mountains, California D.Clemens-Knott
Christine Tong Documenting recovery from a deep water, Middle Triassic section from Fossil Hills, Humboldt Range locality, southern Canyon, Nevada Bonuso
Bayne Westrick-Snapp Carbon geochemistry of Miocene aged concretions of the Castaic Formation Loyd
Alex Woodward Did alpine glaciers exist on Sugarloaf mountain during the last glacial (San Bernardino Mountains, California)?? Kirby