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UW-Eau Claire Undergraduate Contributed
To New Geological Society Publication

 MAILED:  Nov. 24, 2003

EAU CLAIRE — A UW-Eau Claire alumna is delighted that she appears as a contributor in a new book, “Ground Penetrating Radar in Sediments,” now available from the Geological Society Publishing House.

The special publication includes the work of several University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire faculty members — Dr. Karen Havholm, Dr. Garry Running and Dr. Harry Jol — who Nicole Bergstrom collaborated with on student/faculty research during her years at UW-Eau Claire. Just before she graduated with a bachelor of science in geology, Bergstrom, who is from Green Bay, was given the opportunity to travel to London with her professors to help present the research published in this book at a conference held at the Geological Society headquarters. She described the trip as “amazing” and the “best experience” of her undergraduate career.

“To top it all off, after the conference I got to work on the article that was published, so I got to experience that at a young age, and I feel it is something that will help me greatly when I go to graduate school,” said Bergstrom.

Jol, an associate professor of geography and anthropology, edited the publication along with C. S. Bristow of the School of Earth Sciences, Birkbeck College, University of London.

Jol is recognized as a leading authority on the use of ground penetrating radar and recently made international news by using GPR to help archaeologists and scholars make significant discoveries in Israel.

“Ground Penetrating Radar in Sediments” describes how GPR also is transforming the way earth scientists and engineers describe and interpret near-surface sedimentary environments in the field by yielding continuous, high-resolution data unavailable through other methods. Included in the publication are practical guidelines for data collection and interpretation, and case studies detail GPR investigations in a wide array of sedimentary environments, including alluvial fans, braided rivers, spits, beaches, sand dunes, lakes, bogs and floodplains.

Some of these case studies were provided by Havholm, a professor of geology, and Running, an associate professor of geography and anthropology, along with Bergstrom and Jol. Bergstrom worked most closely with Havholm but also collaborated with Running on some research. Their joint contribution, detailing the field work and research they’ve all conducted over several years at the Lauder Sandhills in Manitoba, Canada, appears in the first section of the text on Aeolian and coastal environments.

Running is proud of the fact that at least 15 undergraduates at UW-Eau Claire have collaborated with him, Halvholm and/or Jol on the Canadian project known as SCAPE, a $2.5 million project Running has been involved in since 1998. SCAPE is a study of the cultural adaptations in the prairie ecozone, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada – Major Collaborative Research Initiatives. Seven institutes across Canada and UW-Eau Claire are involved, representing the disciplines of archaeology, geography and geology as well as subdisciplines of each. According to Running, “UW-Eau Claire is supplying a goodly chunk of the geoscience expertise.”

Additional contributions from Jol appear in other sections of the book, including the introduction and a concluding section on methods.

The book is available directly from the Geological Society Publishing House, which can be accessed through their online bookshop.

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Updated: November 24, 2003