Geoscience undergraduate major receives research grant

Detaya in Marquette Michigan on the “Wisconsin Tectonics” Fieldtrip

Detaya Johnson, an undergraduate Geosciences major, has received a $500 research grant from the Institute on Lake Superior Geology (ILSG). Detaya’s project, “Geochemical analysis of deformed metaconglomerates,” is supervised by Dr. Dyanna Czeck. In this project, Detaya is studying the paired geochemical and deformational stories of some fantastic rocks, the Seine metaconglomerates collected near Mine Centre, Ontario. She is investigating fluid-rock interaction during shear zone deformation by comparing the geochemical signatures of metaconglomerate rocks that underwent various amounts of deformation within a major shear zone of the Archean Superior Province. She will be using Dr. Lindsay McHenry’s X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) laboratory to measure major and minor elements in a variety of samples of the metaconglomerate across the strain gradient. 
 

Outcrop of the Seine Metaconglomerates from Mine Centre, Ontario

Outcrop of the Seine Metaconglomerates from Mine Centre, Ontario

Detaya’s project is also funded by a UWM Office of Undergraduate Research Support for Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF) award, which pays her stipend for conducting research. The new ILSG grant will be used to fund additional XRF work. Congratulations, Detaya!