Eleanor Ferguson

Graduate Student
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Marine Geology and Geophysics
109F Oceanography
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
Palisades
NY
10964-8000
US
Fax: 
(845) 365-8156
Fields of interest: 
Structural Geology, Earthquakes, Tectonics of Sedimentary Basins, Geomorphology

I am a field geologist with a focus on structural geology and the evolution of continental collision. My field area is in Bangladesh and northeast India, where I am working with Nano Seeber to characterize the structure of a large, young basement uplift ~150 km south of the Himalaya. The southern edge of the structure forms a sharp topographic boundary at the border between Bangladesh and the Indian state of Meghalaya. My project studying the structure and tectonics of this region is part of a large, multidisciplinary, multinational project on the interactions between river dynamics and tectonics in the Ganges-Brahmaputra Delta.

Working in Joerg Schaefer's lab, I have learned how to extract the radiogenic isotope ¹⁰Be from quartz grains. ¹⁰Be can be used to determine erosion rates of river catchments, and thus uplift histories. I am working with Meg Reitz to develop the geomorphologic tools to apply this technique to active landscapes.

 

Abstracts

Ferguson, E.K., Seeber, L., Steckler, M.S., Akhter, S.H., Mondal, D.R., Lenhart, A., 2012. The Dauki Thrust Fault and the Shillong Anticline: an incipient plate boundary in NE India? Abstract T51F-2665 presented at 2012 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 3-7 Dec.

Ferguson, E.K., Seeber, L., Akhter, S.H., Steckler, M.S., Biswas, A., Mukhopadhyay, B.P., 2011. The Dauki Fault in NE India: a crustal scale thrust-fold reactivating the continental margin. Abstract T43D-2401 presented at 2011 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 5-9 Dec.

 

Teaching Experience:

  • Teaching Assistant, Advanced General Geology (EESC 4001)
  • Teaching Assistant, Earth Origins, Processes, Evolution and Future (EESC 1101/1411)
  • NSF GK-12 LEEFS (Learning through Ecology and Environmental Field Studies) Fellow in an 8th grade classroom one day per week, 2011-2013.
  • Teaching and Learning Concepts in the Earth Sciences (I took this course, which focused on pedagogy and teaching Earth Science).

 

Education
List of degrees from highest to lowest:
M.A.
Columbia University
2012
B.S.
University of Michigan
2010
Honors & Awards: 
Faculty Fellow, Columbia University, 2010-2011
NSF GK12 LEEFS Fellow, Columbia University, 2011-Present
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