Sedimentology Laboratory Mallory Hall 259


Laboratory equipment

The Sedimentology Laboratory at Montclair State University is equipped with a Malvern Mastersizer 2000 laser particle sizer with a Hydro MU sediment dispersion unit, a fume hood, and ancilliary equipment designated for wet-chemical sample preparation. The lab has a water purification system, centrifuges, ultrasonic and hot water baths, drying oven, microbalance and sieve sets. It is also set up for sand provenance analysis via heavy liquid mineral separation.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires lab supervisors to write a Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP).

The lab is open to all MSU students and faculty with proportional contribution towards the operating costs of the lab (from department or external funds). In order to comply with OSHA requirements, faculty and students needs to complete laboratory safety training. Students interested in working in the Sedimentology Laboratory will need to receive lab specific safety training through a 1-credit independent study with Dr. Passchier. The training will cover basic instrument operation, advise on sample preparation, and data quality control. If students need help with project design and data interpretation, the independent study can be extended to between 2 and 4 credits.

Guests (non-MSU) should receive permission from the department chair. The same OSHA guidelines apply to guests. Requests for Malvern Mastersizer use should include 1) number of samples, 2) sample preparation needed, 3) date by which analyses should be completed.

Publications and presentations making use of the Sedimentology Laboratory (* denotes student author):

*Orejola, N., Passchier, S., and IODP Expedition 318 Scientists, 2013. Sedimentology of lower Pliocene to Upper Pleistocene diamictons from IODP Site U1358, Wilkes Land margin, and implications for East Antarctic Ice Sheet dynamics. Antarctic Science, doi:10.1017/S0954102013000527.

Houben, A.J.P., Bijl, P.K., Pross, J., Bohaty, S.M., Passchier, S., Stickley, C.E., Roehl, U., Sugisaki, S., Tauxe, T., van de Flierdt, T., Olney, M., Sangiorgi, F., Sluijs, A., Escutia, C., Brinkhuis, H., and the Expedition 318 Scientists, 2013. Reorganization of Southern Ocean plankton ecosystem at the onset of Antarctic glaciation. Science. V. 340 no. 6130 p. 341-344, doi: 10.1126/science.1223646.

Passchier, S., *Falk., C. and Florindo, F., 2013. Orbitally-paced shifts in the particle size of the Antarctic continental shelf in response to ice dynamics during the Miocene Climatic Optimum. Geosphere, v. 9, p. 54-62, doi:10.1130/GES00840.1.

*Hansen, M., Passchier, S., Prins, M.A., Song, B., Khim, B.-K., Katsuki, K., Williams, T.J., 2012. Early Pliocene record of ice-rafted debris from ice-proximal site U1359 (IODP Exp 318), Wilkes Land continental rise, Antarctica, AGU PP23A-2033 (Poster).

*Orejola, N., Passchier, S., 2012. Study of the Antarctic Wilkes Land Margin diamicts from Site U1358 to determine Pliocene ice sheet dynamics. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, paper no. 45-5.

*Hauptvogel, D.W. and Passchier, S., 2012. Early-middle Miocene (17-14 Ma) Antarctic ice dynamics reconstructed from the heavy mineral provenance in AND-2A, Ross Sea, Antarctica. Global and Planetary Change, 82-83, 38-50.

Passchier, S., 2011. Linkages between East Antarctic Ice Sheet extent and Southern Ocean temperatures based on a Pliocene high-resolution record of ice-rafted debris off Prydz Bay, East Antarctica. Paleoceanography, 26, PA4204, doi:10.1029/2010PA002061.

*Orejola, N., Passchier, S., Escutia, C. Brinkhuis, H., Klaus, A., IODP Expedition 318 Scientific Party, 2011. Study of the Antarctic Wilkes Land margin diamicts from Site U1358 to determine Pliocene ice sheet dynamics. Abstract PO13.7, International Symposium for Antarctic Earth Sciences, http://www.isaes2011.org.uk/programme.html

Passchier, S., Williams, T., Van de Flierdt, T., Jimenez-Espejo, F., Gonzalez, J., Tauxe, L., Escutia, C., Brinkhuis, H., Klaus, A., Expedition 318 Scientists, 2011. Pliocene ice-rafting history and sedimentation model for Site U1359, Wilkes Land margin. Abstract PO13.9, International Symposium for Antarctic Earth Sciences, http://www.isaes2011.org.uk/programme.html

Passchier, S., 2011. Pliocene East-Antarctic ice-rafting and orbital-scale variability at ODP Site 1165 on Antarctica's continental rise, off Prydz Bay. Abstract PS3.3, International Symposium for Antarctic Earth Sciences, http://www.isaes2011.org.uk/programme.html

Passchier, S., *Falk, C.J., 2011.Changes in Miocene ice extent and paleobathymetry in the southern McMurdo Sound based on a continuous particle-size record coupled to facies characteristics in AND-2A. Abstract PS1.10, International Symposium for Antarctic Earth Sciences, http://www.isaes2011.org.uk/programme.html

*Hansen, M., Passchier, S., 2011. Determining middle Miocene through Pliocene changes in provenance and basal ice conditions through sedimentological analyses of subglacial diamictites in AND-2A, Ross Sea, Antarctica. Abstract PS1.9, International Symposium for Antarctic Earth Sciences, http://www.isaes2011.org.uk/programme.html

*Bujalski, N.M., 2010. Characterization of contaminant and biomass-derived organic matter in sediments from the Lower Passaic River, New Jersey, USA. M.S. Thesis, Montclair State University, 220 pp.

*Bujalski, N.M., Kruge, M., 2010. Characterization of Contaminant and Biomass-Derived Organic Matter in Sediments from the Lower Passaic River, New Jersey, USA. Fourth Passaic River Symposium, 6/22/2010. http://pages.csam.montclair.edu/pri/symposium2010/

Pope, G.A., Egan, M., Kruge, M.J., Passchier, S., 2010. Environmental change evident by sediment core, Lake Wapalanne, northwest New Jersey. Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, April 13-18, 2010. (Abstracts CD-ROM and online).

*Reynard-Callanan, J., Reinertsen, C., Lugo, D., 2010. Textural and mineralogical modifications of a soil profile as a result of fire. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 42, No.1, p. 134.

*Hansen, M., Passchier, S., 2010. Determining Middle Miocene through Pliocene changes in basal ice conditions through sedimentological analyses of diamictites in AND-2A core, Ross Sea, Antarctica. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 42, No. 1, p. 170.

*Martin, L., Passchier, S., 2010. Basal ice conditions of the Antarctic ice sheet interpreted from Oligocene through Pleistocene tills of the Cape Roberts drilling Project. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 42, No. 1, p. 170.

Lambroussis, C.G., *Soares, B.D., Perez, S., Gaipa, D., Elie, A.L., Ament, C.M., Rouf, F.T., Bassa, L.M., DiLorenzo, A.M. , 2009. Indications of Potential Toxic/Mutagenic Effects of World Trade Center Dust on Human Lung Cell Cultures. OnLine Journal of Biological Sciences, doi:10.3844/ojbsci.2009.81.85

*Falk, C., Passchier, S., 2009. Paleoenvironment and paleoclimate of coastal East Antarctica during the Middle Miocene: particle size results of the ANDRILL Southern McMurdo sound project. Abstract, First Antarctic Climate Evolution Symposium, Granada Spain, 2009.

*LaPoma, J., 2009. A sedimentary investigation of lineation patterns found in the Pinelands of New Jersey. M.S. Thesis, Montclair State University.

Pope, G.A., Demitroff, M., *LaPoma, J., *Callanan, J., 2009. Sand Grain Morphologies Explain Late Pleistocene Periglacial Soil Environments of the Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA. Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada, March 22-27, 2009. (Abstracts CD-ROM and online).

*LaPoma, J., Demitroff, M., Pope, G., Callanan, J., 2009. Sedimentary Analysis of Tentative Wind Steaks from the Pinelands National Reserve in Southern New Jersey. Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada, March 22-27, 2009. (Abstracts CD-ROM and online).

*Callanan, J., Pope, G., Gorring, M., Bien, W., McDougall, A., *LaPoma, J., 2009. Long-term implications of forest fires on soil chemical properties and mineral alterations in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada, March 22-27, 2009. (Abstracts CD-ROM and online).

*Callanan, J. (nee Reynard), 2008. Long term impacts of forest fires on soil chemical properties as a result of mineral alterations, and implications for forest fire management. Doctoral dissertation, Montclair State University.

*Johnson, I., 2008. Particle size record for the Plio-Pleistocene of AND-2A. Montclair State University, Student Research Symposium.

Passchier, S., 2007. East Antarctic ice-sheet dynamics between 5.2 and 0 Ma from a high-resolution terrigenous particle size record, ODP Site 1165, Prydz Bay-Cooperation Sea. International Symposium for Antarctic Earth Sciences, ISAES X, Santa Barbara.

*Rosig, M.J., Brachfeld, S., Passchier, S., Gorring, M., 2007. Defining the provenance characteristics of Weddell Sea and northeastern Antarctic Peninsula sediment: A multi-proxy approach. AGU, Acapulco, Mexico.

Passchier, S., 2007. Significance of sedimentary records from high-latitude continental margins in questions of Plio-Pleistocene global climate change. Arctic workshop, Skaftafell, Iceland.

Passchier, S., Bohaty, S.M., 2007. Contrasting detrital geochemistry of Eocene vs. Neogene glacial strata, ODP Site 1166, Prydz Bay, Antarctica. EGU, Vienna.

*Busch, S.E., 2006, Particle Size Analysis of Eocene-Oligocene Antarctic Core Samples, ODP Site 1166. Senior B.A. thesis, Montclair State University.