Reflections from Patrick Whalen

About the Project

I worked on stratigraphy of volcanic deposits in the Cascade range. Jim Vallance was my mentor. The project was in the Cascade range with the Cascade Volcano Observatory headquartered in Vancouver, Washington. I assisted in stratigraphy, paleomag., and sample collection at Mt. Shasta, Mt. Hood, and Mt. St. Helens. This work was done in order to better understand the erruption histories at these volcanoes.

Most Memorable Experience

The scenery and dramatic volcanic landscape.

Career Goals

Get a master's degree and then start a full-time career as a geologist.

How the program contributed

It has shaped the direction of my master's research. I am now studying ancient volcaniclastics in the northern San Juan mountains.