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National Science Foundation-International Research Experiences for Students in Turkey Program
Drs. Elizabeth Catlos, Rich Kyle and Brent Elliot were recent awarded an International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) award to provide 4 weeks of geological field-based research and training experiences across Turkey for 12 US students. Over the next 3 years, these students will investigate processes that occurred in Turkey during the closure of branches of ancient ocean basins. Understanding how continents grow is recognized as one of the most important geodynamic problems facing Earth Scientists. Models for the process are debated, due in part to a lack of exposure of the geologic record. Because of its extensive exposures of ancient ocean suture zones and crustal fragments, Turkey is an ideal location to study this process. The paleogeographic reconstructions the students will construct will be used to identify important economic resources that formed during specific times in Earth’s history and assess geologic hazards that result due to reactivation of older faults or mass movement of rocks. This proposal includes partnerships with faculty at 3 Turkish universities (Dokuz Eylul University, Middle East Technical University, and Karadeniz Technical University) who will serve as mentors. Students chosen to participate are underrepresented in the geosciences and will be selected via Jackson School and UT Austin outreach programs. Students will partner with Turkish researchers to explore a multidisciplinary range of geological concepts discussed in their courses while making a significant impact on our understanding of processes related to the formation of continental crust.
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