Our November monthly meeting will feature guest speaker Heather McCarthy a doctoral candidate at the University of Buffalo. Her presentation will focus on her research at the Garnet Hill outcrop located near Roxbury, Connecticut.
The Garnet Hill outcrop contains the garnet-mica schist (GMS) unit of the Rowe Formation that formed as a result of a metamorphosed Ordovician and Cambrian oceanic shelf sequence. This study investigates the fabric and chemical composition of the schist at this location and includes a comparison with similarly conducted studies of differently aged schists along the east coast of the United States.
Heather McCarthy graduated with honors from Buffalo State College earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology and Earth Sciences in 2015 and a Master of Science degree in 2017. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Buffalo. In addition to her ongoing research, Heather has served as a graduate teaching assistant in the Earth Sciences and Science Education Department at SUNY Buffalo State. She has presented research findings at annual meetings of the Geological Society of America since 2015. More recently, Heather has been invited to confer with students at the Buffalo Seminary about the experiences of women in science. She has also lectured on the geologic history of Letchworth State Park.
The meeting will be held on Friday, November 3rd at 7:30pm at the Heritage Discovery Center, 100 Lee Street, Buffalo, NY 14210.