Graduate Student Excellence-in-Research Award 2016
Horry Parker, a recent doctoral graduate in geology, has made several outstanding contributions in the fields of geology and geophysics. He applied geophysical methods, including seismology and magnetics, to study the structure and composition of the southern Appalachians and Atlantic Coastal Plain. The results provide new insight into tectonic processes associated with Appalachian mountain building and the relationship between geologic structure and the present topography of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This project required extensive fieldwork, including the deployment of an 85-station network of broadband seismometers across the southern Appalachians and adjacent coastal plain. Parker is currently applying seismic methods for imaging the crust-mantle boundary, or Moho, to investigate the formation of the South Georgia rift basin.