Department of Geography and Earth Science - The Glacial Sedimentology Lab

Supervisors: Carolyn Eyles, John Maclachlan


Samantha Feist

Currently, I am focusing my research on Hidden River Cave in Cave City, Kentucky. The cave has a history of contamination through improper disposal of sewage and effluent from nearby industries. Through analysis of water, sediment, and core samples, I can hopefully start to understand the sedimentation processes at work in this cave. I’m excited about this because it brings the science of sedimentology to a new and exciting environment to explore and understand.

Rebecca Lee

My research focuses on application of remote sensing and field work to examine the landforms and sediments present in glacial forefields in Iceland. I use landsystem analysis to create an understanding of the characteristics of the glacial margin and its impact of landform distribution. I enjoy my research because it incorporates both field work and the use of GIS to fully understand the variation in landform-sediment assemblages and processes occurring at these glaciers.

Rodrigo Narro Perez

I’m investigating how climate-influenced rapid glacier retreat is impacting water resources in central Peru. Through investigation of glacial sediments, I hope to further understand the surface water-groundwater interactions between glacial melt and local aquifers. I also hope to be involved in ensuring that scientific research assists with water management practices in the area. I’m excited about this research because I get to study a problem that brings science and policy together, and it involves field work in the place that I was born, Peru.


Lauren Oldfield

My thesis topic is the 'Analysis of the spatial and temporal hydrogeological impacts of road salt contamination in York and Halton Regions of Southern Ontario'. I'll be using basic statistics and GIS spatial statistics to analyze data from York and Halton regions. I'm excited to do this research to see implications this may have on future road salt usage and environmental conservation efforts in Canada.

Katie Maloney

I’m studying proglacial fields in Iceland as modern analogues to help understand the scale and geometries of features in older Quaternary sediments. Glacial sediments are important in groundwater resource sustainability and contaminant transport. I enjoy my research because it allows me to travel and explore, and because I like to discover how and why things happen.

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