Professor Barber and Students Investigate Sea Level Rise in North Carolina


This summer, Associate Professor Don Barber led a student team to investigate sea level changes in coastal North Carolina. Geology students Anna Lee Woodson and Storrs Kegel led a team of researchers back to Woodson’s senior thesis site in search of a longer Holocene sea level record.  The team obtained the deepest Holocene marsh peats ever found in southern Pamlico Sound.  After the work in southern Pamlico Sound, Kegel and Woodson joined the international group for additional fieldwork in northern Pamlico Sound, near Nags Head on the Outer Banks. A second field campaign by Barber and Kegel recovered cores from a new southern NC site.  Geology students will begin analyses of the new core materials in the new geochemistry lab suite this fall.

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