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Pat Manley

Professor Emeritus

Pat Manley received her doctorate from Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University in Marine Geology and Geophysics. She began teaching at Middlebury College in the Fall of 1989. Pat teaches courses from introductory geology courses (Ocean Floor, Dynamic Earth, Earthquakes & Volcanoes) and as well as upper division courses in Geophysics, Marine Geology and Sedimentology. She routinely involves students in her research on Lake Champlain sediments as well as Holocene paleoclimate research in the North Atlantic and along the bays and fjords of Antarctica.



Course List: 

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GEOL 0142 - The Ocean Floor      

The Ocean Floor
Have you wanted to view the ocean floor from a submersible? It is a dark but dynamic place. The constant interchange between water and sediments has created sedimentary drifts and mudwaves over 500 feet high! Earthquakes cause underwater mud avalanches that travel over 60 m.p.h. Hydrothermal vents along the ocean ridges host a variety of unusual plant and animal life. This course will explore the ocean depths via the classroom and will introduce the development of ocean basins, their evolution, and processes occurring within them (Not open to students who have taken GOEL 0170) 3 hrs. lect./1 hr. disc. SCI

Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020

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GEOL 0342 - Marine Geology      

Marine Geology
The oceans cover over 70 percent of the Earth's surface, but only in the last few decades has extensive investigation of the geology of the Earth beneath the sea been possible. This course will present the results of these continuing investigations. Although the whole field of marine geology will be reviewed, the emphasis will be on marine sediments and sedimentary processes and paleoceangraphy. Laboratory: synthesis of geological and geophysical data concerning a selected region of the ocean, with special emphasis on the results of the Deep Sea Drilling Project. (GEOL 0161 or GEOL 0170) 3 hrs. lect., 3 hrs. lab

Fall 2018

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GEOL 0400 - Senior Thesis Research Seminar      

Senior Thesis Research Seminar
This seminar will focus on methods and strategies for completing advanced geological research and provides a springboard for senior thesis research. Topics will include field and laboratory techniques, primary literature review, and scientific writing. Students taking this course are expected to be simultaneously working on the early stages of their senior thesis research. During the semester students will present a thesis proposal and the seminar will culminate with each student completing a draft of the first chapter of their senior thesis. GEOL 0400 is required of all geology majors. 3 hrs. disc. or lab

Fall 2017

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GEOL 0500 - Readings And Research      

Readings and Research
Individual or group independent study, laboratory or field research projects, readings and discussion of timely topics in earth and environmental science. (Approval only)

Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, Winter 2021, Winter 2022

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GEOL 0700 - Senior Thesis Research      

Upon completion of GEOL 0400, all senior geology majors will continue their independent senior thesis research by taking one unit of GEOL 0700. This research will culminate in a written thesis which must be orally defended. (Approval only)

Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, Winter 2021, Winter 2022

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GEOL 1009 - Geology of National Parks      

Geology of National Parks
The collision of continents, the passage of glaciers, and time itself have sculpted this country, creating landscapes that have captivated humankind's attention for generations. In this course we will develop the sequence of events that have led to the formation of many such natural wonders found in the country's national parks. We will proceed through lectures focused on basic geology and plate tectonic theory; textbook readings about specific parks; in-class and homework exercises that develop familiarity with important geologic materials and methods; and a number of virtual excursions to the parks. (not open to students who have taken FYSE 1244) SCI WTR

Winter 2020

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Recent Publications

  1. Manley, P.L., T.O. Manley, K. Hayo and T.M. Cronin, (2011) Small-scale Lacustrine Drifts in Lake Champlain, Vermont, Journal of Great Lakes Research. doi:10.1016/j.jglr.2011.05.004
  2. Manley, P.L. and T.O. Manley, In a Slump, 2009, Professional Surveyors Magazine, 29: 18-20
  3. Michalchuk, B., J.B. Anderson, J.S. Wellner, P.L. Manley, W. Majewski, and S. Bohaty, 2009, Holocene climate and glacial history of the northeastern Antarctic Peninsula: The marine sedimentary record from a long SHALDRIL core, Quaternary Science Reviews, DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2009.08.012
  4. Cronin, T.M., P. L. Manley, S. Brachfeld, T. O. Manley, D. A. Willard, J.P. Guilbault, J. A. Rayburn, R. Thunell, and M. Berke, 2008, Impacts of post-glacial lacustrine drainage events and revised chronology of the Champlain Sea episode 13-9 ka, Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 262, p. 46-60.

Department of Geology

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