Student Profile

Jackson School of Geosciences

Megan E Flansburg

B.S., Geology; Environmental Science & Policy, College of William & Mary, 2015
M.S., Geological Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin, expected 2018

Email: meflansburg@utexas.edu
Office: JGB 3.328

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I am currently pursuing my M.S. with Dr. Daniel Stockli (UT) with committee members Dr. Konstantinos Soukis (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens) and Dr. Whitney Behr (UT). My research aims to determine the structural history of Ios Island in the southern Greek Cyclades. The southern Cyclades can provide key information to understanding the development of the Aegean microplate during Cenozoic subduction of the African slab. With geo- and low-temperature thermochronometric techniques and detailed structural field observation, I will constrain the development of the Ios metamorphic core complex, namely by:

1. determining whether the initial contact between the Cycladic Basement and the structurally overlying Cycladic Blueschist Unit (CBU) was originally a thrust or if the units were juxtaposed only during Miocene low-angle normal faulting (understanding the role inherited subduction fabrics play in the initiation of low-angle normal faults)
2. placing absolute ages on the various Cycladic Basement lithologies to understand the pre-CBU and pre-Cenozoic subduction history of the southern Cyclades
3. determining the maximum depositional age of the CBU together with (2), above, to determine older over younger relationships (or vice versa)

I received my B.S. from the College of William & Mary in 2015. My B.S. honors thesis was focused on the geochemical and petrographic characteristics of mafic lava flows and magmatic enclaves associated with the 18.8 Ma supereruption of the Peach Spring Tuff in northwestern Arizona. I was advised by Dr. Calvin Miller (Vanderbilt University) and Dr. Christopher Bailey (W&M).

Current Research Projects

Updated Geologic Map of Albemarle County, Virginia

Working Title: New geo- and low-temperature thermochronometric insights on the history of Ios Island, Cyclades, Greece: Implications for Aegean tectonics

Past Research Projects

Priming for supereruption: the hot pre-Peach Spring Tuff lavas and Peach Spring Tuff magmatic enclaves, Black Mountains, Arizona

Off-Campus Research Award - Jackson School of Geosciences (2017)

Graduate Student Research Grant - Geological Society of America (2017)

Jackson School Early Recruitment Fellowship - Jackson School of Geosciences (2016)

W&M Alumni Association Geology Prize - William & Mary Alumni Association (2015)

Departmental High Honors (Senior Honors Thesis) - William & Mary Department of Geology (2015)

Summa Cum Laude - College of William & Mary (2015)

Geology Research Fellow - William & Mary Department of Geology (2015 - 2016)

Austin A. Sartin Best Poster Award (GSA National Meeting) - The Society of Sigma Gamma Epsilon (2014)

Manager and Organizer, Science Hour (2017)

Poster--New Geochronometric and Low-Temperature Thermochronometric Insights on the Nature of the Cycladic Basement and Cycladic Blueschist Unit Contact in the Southern Cyclades, Ios Island, Greece: Implications for Aegean Tectonics, Jackson School of Geosciences, Jackson School of Geosciences Research Symposium (2017)

Talk--Priming for supereruption: the hot pre-Peach Spring Tuff lavas and Peach Spring Tuff magmatic enclaves, Black Mountains, Arizona, Geological Society of America (Southeastern Section Meeting), Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA (2015)

Honors Thesis Defense--Priming for supereruption: the hot pre-Peach Spring Tuff lavas and Peach Spring Tuff magmatic enclaves, Black Mountains, Arizona, William & Mary Department of Geology, Williamsburg, Virginia, USA (2015)

Poster--Priming for supereruption: the hot pre-Peach Spring Tuff lava flows and Peach Spring Tuff mafic enclaves, Black Mountains, Arizona, Geological Society of America (National Meeting), Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (2014)

Poster--Priming for supereruption: the hot pre-Peach Spring Tuff lava flows and Peach Spring Tuff mafic enclaves, Black Mountains, Arizona, Council on Undergraduate Research--Research Experiences for Undergraduates Symposium, Arlington, Virginia, USA (2014)