Gearing up for Fall 2019

Posted On August 20, 2019
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As the curtain falls on another great summer…

we invite you to take a look at some of the exciting goings on in geosciences.

The slow drum roll — which rumbled but did not break for over 50 years — leading up to the demolition of Kell Hall is finally on its last tap. Now, we are feeling the tremors of our past home’s deconstruction. Its dismantling is awe-inspiring and we look forward to a manicured green space in which thoughts of urban geography and seismology may dance like sugar plumbs.


Meanwhile in Dillon, Montana, our latest batch of geology B.S. Geosciences (concentration geology, of course!) hiked and mapped the local landscape. This rite of passage is a part of many of our students’ final push toward an undergraduate degree and we’re proud to celebrate their triumph!

Field Camp in Dillon, MT – Summer 2019

Two thousand four hundred miles away and substantially more humid, the Bahamas hosted Drs. Christy Visaggi and Amy Reber’s (Biology) study abroad program. Students learned about the past, present, and future of marine ecosystems (and probably enjoyed all of that sunshine, too!).

Not only are our students participating in classes hither and yon, but they are producing exciting research — and getting recognized for their achievements!

Shellby Miller (pictured above) was awarded a Geological Society of America Graduate Student Research Grant to allow for additional analyses for her Master’s thesis work in the water science concentration. The grant will allow her to analyze the stable isotopes of nitrate (N15 and O18) in surface and groundwater samples from an urban beaver dam. This analysis helps identify the sources and processing of nitrate and will help her determine if urban beaver dams in Atlanta are potential sites of permanent removal of nitrate, which is one of the causes of algae blooms and eutrophication in streams and receiving waters.

We celebrate another graduate student, Faisal Adams (pictured above, second from right), who has been awarded an “On To the Future (OTF)” travel award to attend this year’s GSA Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, 22-25 September. Picture of Dr. Kabengi’s research group taken at a molecular modeling workshop held in the University of Texas at El Paso.

But students aren’t the only ones in geosciences winning grants. Drs. Luke Pangle (PI), Ellis Adams, Jeremy Diem and Richard Milligan, all of the Department of Geosciences, were awarded a $399,992 grant from the National Science Foundation for their research project, “Analyzing the Magnitude, Variability, and Governance of Infrastructure-Mediated Flows in Urban Watersheds.” Their novel project represents the complexities of how water moves through urban environments.

Luke Pangle

Jeremy Diem

Ellis Adams

Richard Milligan













The department is thrilled to welcome Dr. Ellis Adams (formerly of the Global Studies Institute) and now an assistant professor in Geosciences, and Dr. Armita Davarpanah, Lecturer, to the faculty in fall 2019.

Feeling a little FOMO? We have you covered with these upcoming alumni events!

Join us at the following:

  • Third Thursday, September 19, 5:30-7:30 pm – Torched Hop Brewing (RSVP here)
  • Alumni Panel, October 4, 2:30-4 pm – Georgia State University, Sparks 135
  • Employer Open House, November 1, 2-4 pm – Georgia State University, 25 Park Place, Room 226

Or come visit us in our newly-renovated digs — our offices are in the 730 suite of Langdale Hall (formerly the General Classroom Building); our graduate students and research labs are on the 4th floor of Sparks).

Alums – we hope to shake your hand over some noshes in the upcoming months, but whether you can swing by our new digs or not, please consider donating to the department here. Just $5 per month (the price of a single latte!) would make a big difference in our ability to provide opportunities for our students to get the most out of the Geosciences experience.

Lastly, we’d love to hear from you! Please also consider sending us an update of what you are up to these days.

All the best,

Katherine Hankins (chair) and Julia Kirn (administrative coordinator)