Earth Matters

Geologist Heather Macdonald wins a pair of national awards

Heather Macdonald, Chancellor Professor of Geology at William & Mary, has been recognized by her fellow scientists and educators for her contributions to the advancement of education in the earth sciences.

Geology major Kat Turk ’16 and William & Mary paleontologist Rowan Lockwood
Un-beached whale

Cornwallis sank as he died, making a couple of revolutions on his way down, finally ending belly up and flippers akimbo, making a sort of “whale angel” on the ocean bottom.

When extinction looms, diversity rules. At least for clams.

When it comes to the hard work of evolutionary paleontology, you can't beat the humble clam. Actually, you need a very large stack of humble clam fossils, because when you're tracing the mechanisms that drive evolution, you need a lot of individuals.

Cherry Award Lecture: Geoscience education matters

Macdonald is Chancellor Professor of Geology at William & Mary. She is one of three finalists for the Robert Foster Cherry Award, given every two years by Baylor University.

Did Bad Weather Contribute to the Starving Time?

Geologists at William & Mary are analyzing a possible contributing cause of the deaths at Jamestown Island during the Starving Time of 1609 and 1610—bad drinking water.

Ancient faults still prove to be powerful

A 5.8 magnitude earthquake that shook central Virginia was felt up and down the East Coast. Geology Professor Chuck Bailey was called on to explain the event.

W&M professor wins Neil Miner Award

Heather Macdonald, Chancellor Professor of Geology at William & Mary, has been proclaimed the winner of the Neil Miner Award by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT).

Basement to ceiling

Seniors in the geology department do a whirlwind tour from the bottom of a slate quarry to the top of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Geologists Siege Yorktown

Join Professor Chuck Bailey's Earth Structure & Dynamics class for a look at William & Mary Geology students in the field.

Lockwood receives Jefferson Teaching Award

Paleontologist Rowan Lockwood received the 2009 Thomas Jefferson Teaching Award, the highest award given to young faculty members at the College of William and Mary.

Happy as a Clam?

Dr. Rowan Lockwood, Kate McClure('09), and Karin Ohmann('09) are collaborating with colleague's from the Paleontological Research Institution (Ithaca, NY) and Syracuse University to document the impact of the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum climate change on the evolution and ecology of a group of clams called venericards.