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Senior Seminar - Capstone Projects


 Title - Fall 2014
Francis, Skylar Influence of Precipitation Patterns on Discharge in Sandy Creek Watershed, New York
Kim, Justin Long Island Sea Breezes-With Focus on Their Effects on Convection and the Formation of Storms
Welch, Sarah CO2 Emissions from Soil:  Comparison of a Soil Under Different Management Types
Author Title - Spring 2014
VanBuren, Patricia Isolated Tornado Forecasting
Richley, Chelsy The Effects of Synoptic Scale Forcing on Localized Precipitation Rates
Smeltzer, Leah Examination of Left Moving Anticyclonic Tornadic Supercells

Travaly, Sarah

Interpreting Facies in the Redwater Shale Member of the Sundance Formation in Wyoming, USA, using Measured Stratigraphic Sections

Dolen, Alanna

Temperature as a Predictor of Evaporation in California
Glenn, Chyna Determining Key Atmospheric Variables Responsible for Mean Sea Level Pressure Differences Between Fast and Slow North Atlantic Extratropical Cyclone Transition
Regnet, Michael High Plains Aquifer System - Aquifer Sustainability as a Usable Water Source Under Rush County, KS
Rhodes, Rebecca Transported and Surface Grain Size Changes During Experimental Flash Floods
LaFountain, Josh Status of Hard Coral (Scleractinia) Communities on Shall Patch Reefs:  San Salvador, Bahamas
Tooley, Colt The Effect of Leaf on Watershed Runoff
Smith, Kelly Carbon Concentrations Compared to Fossil Diversity within the Lewiston Member of the Rochester Shale Formation near Middleport, New York
Barauskis, Thomas Effects of Land Use on Water Quality
Jablonski, John Sensitivity of Lake Effect Snow Near Lake Ontario to Regional Temperature Over the Past Decade
Wendt, Kaylee Legacy Radar vs. Dual Polarization Radar:  Focus on Precipitation Estimates
Cockey, Trisha  Rock Type in Early Woodland Period Ceramics
Sweeney, Philip Predicting Stream Channel Initiation


 Title - Spring 2013

Thorne, Danielle

The Correlation Between El Nino Southern Oscillation and Cool Season Tornadoes in the Southeastern United States

Stanonis, Jennifer

The Changing Climate in Buffalo, New York

Snyder, Brittanny

Lake-Effect Snow with Lightning vs. Lake-Effect Snow without Lightning

Mertzlufft, Josh

Examining the Direct Relationship Between Average Summer Temperature and Lake-Effect Snow Storms

Walden, Chris

The Effect of Old Field Succession on Underlying Soil Moisture Content

Hoeher, Aly

An Analysis of the Growth Mechanisms of Diagenetic Marine Carbonate Concretions in the Hamilton Group

Muscato, Matt

A Multivariate Analysis of Lake-Effect Snow Storms in Western New York 

Archer, Sean

An Assessment of Wind Power Potential in New York State 

Beilman, Joshua

Teleconnections Influence on Coastal Precipitation

Curtis, Gwendolyn

Environments Conducive for Derechos on the Leeward Side of the Appalachian Mountains 

Gahagan, Shawn

Sedimentary Petrology of Chimney Bluffs:  The Effects of Depositional Process on Mineral Composition in a Drumlin

Iraggi, Christopher

The Effect of Climate Change on Atlantic Tropical Systems
Johnson, Chase No Title Available (Blood Rain Events)
Kerschner, Kara A Determination of the Significance of Teleconnections and Air Masses on Rochester, NY Snowfall
LaFlamme, Danielle The Role of Topography on the 7 June 2012 Tornadic Supercell Near Wheatland, WY
Medici, Gina Testing and Achieving a Better Understanding of the Significant Tornado Parameter
Pratt, Erin Hurricane-Spawned Tornadoes in Relation to Storm Distance from Shore
Selbert, Chad Surveying Earthquake Zonal Damages Influenced by Soil Strength and Water Table Depth in Christchurch, New Zealand
Sperduti, Mark Recent Link Between Arctic Sea Ice on the Winter Season Atmospheric Circulation
Zodarecky, Josh Mineral Composition of Chimney Bluffs and the Effect of Varying Depositional Settings on the Lithofacies


 Title - Spring 2012
Acito, Stephanie Was the atmosphere's instability correlated with the maximum wind speeds recorded during the 1995 Ontario-Adirondack Derecho?  A Case Study
Bremer, Kristin Parameters Affecting Hail Size
Fewkes, Zachary Examination of rhythmites of pro-glacial Lake Tonawanda:  Evidence of a proimal-distal development
Fusco, Travis Modeling Soil Moisture Distribution
Gibbs, Tim Lake-effect Rain Band Orientation and Location Over Lake Ontario
Gildemeyer, Brian Has the Distribution of Tornadoes Within the US Geographically Shifted Over the Last Sixty Years?
Koehler, Andrew Examination of the Environmental Factors Influencing Accumulated Cyclone Energy in the Atlantic Basin
Krossber, Andrew Oil Trend Interpretations
Kuhl, Alexandria Identifying Shallow Bedrock on the Onondaga Formation Using Ground Penetrating Radar
Lovett, Kathy Public Perception of Weather Forecasting
Mckeever, Glenn Pressure Systems and their Influence on Lake Effect Snow
Morris, Katherine Beach Closings:  A Correlation to Meteorological Conditions
Parker, Nicole Hurricane Risk Percpeption
Polkowski, Jeffrey Reducing Urban Storm Water Runoff by Utilizing Yard Space
Rodgers, Michael Long-term Changes of Temperature in the Laurentian Great Lakes:  Correlation to Climatologic Oscillations
Simpson, Micheal Isentropic Versus Isobaric Coordinates in the Pre-Convective Atmosphere
Stetz, Molly Potential Impact of Climate Change on Long-term Stream Discharge in New York State
Sutton, Michelle Coral Reefs' Response to Global Warming
Wallace, Kenneth Lake Tonawanda Shoreline in Clarendon, New York
Wehner, Brian Differences Between Northeast and Midwest United States Environments that Lead to Tornadic Thunderstorms


Title - Spring 2011

Nelligan, Maria Belemnoid Species in the Sundance Formation, Wyoming
Stachnick, Dan Solar Power Applications in Upstate New York
Mitchell, Michelle The Relationship Between African Easterly Waves and the Saharan Air Layer
Geasey, Jon An Analysis of Lake-Effect Rain Associated with Lake Ontario
Andilorio, Marcello Lake Breeze Convection:  A Case Study
Bryant, Kelley Quantitative Precipitation Forecasts:  Use in Flash Flood Forecasting
Dunn, Doug Use of Quantitative Precipitation Forecasts for Timing Agricultural Operations to Reduce Nonpoint Source Pollution
Johnson, Jeremiah Acid Rain in the Adirondacks:  Analyzing the Effects of Acid Deposition in the Adirondack Region and the Chemical Responses to Anthropogenic Pollution of Paleoflow Conditions
Liberatore, Stephen Using Sedimentary Structures and Particle Size Analysis as a Diagnostic Indicator of Paleoflow Conditions
DeSain, A.J. Changes in Hurricane Frequency:  Environmental Factors Influencing Hurricanes
Simmons, Andrew Source of Water for Spring Creek, Caledonia, NY
Lapenta, Kristen The Influence of Cosmic Rays on the Antarctic Ozone Hole
Giannandrea, AnneMarie Evaluation of the Use of Polarimetric Reflectivity Data as a Flooding Nowcasting Tool


Title - Fall 2010

Fisher, Brian On the Relationship Between Hurricane Intensity and Lightning Density 
Tiffany, Jason A Quantitative Approach to the Effects of Sea Surface Temperatures and Vertical Wind Shear on Hurricane Intensity 
Clements, Matt The Impact of Mesovortices on the Intensity of Hurricanes in the Atlantic Basin 


Title - Spring 2010

Collins, Mike Left-Lateral Mega Kink Band on Lower Goose Island in Casco Bay, Maine 
Przybyla, Sandy Variations of Near-Surface Air Temperature Lapse Rates in New York State:  Implications for Hydrologic Processes 
Fallot, Pat The Erie Canal:  A Source for Phosphorus in Oak Orchard River? 
Murray, Kari Investigating a Connection Between Air Pollution and Rainfall Downwind of St. Clair County, Illinois 
Lyons, Collin Site Selection of Areas Conducive to Wetland Formation Through Use of a Rating System 
Stoss, Kaeti Wetland and Archaeological Site Distribution in Western New York 
Smith, Mikki Seasonal Phosphorus Cycling in Irondequoit Bay, New York 
Meyers, Jason Powering Wyoming County:  Using Windmills to Generate Electricity 


Title - Fall 2009

Tobias, Joshua Vulnerability and Hurricane Response:  An Analysis of Post Katrina New Orleans
Waters, Courtney Effects of the Mount Morris Dam on the Lower Genesee River during the Flood of 1972
Visca, Amy Residential Geothermal Use
Clark, Barry Flood Frequency Analysis of the West Creek Watershed
Dudek, Tanya Transportation Corridors and Their Impact on Soil Infiltration 
Coady, Jillian A Study on the Leaching of Phosphorus from Grass Clippings into Surface Water
Cieplensky, Brian Coastal Flooding:  A GIS Analysis of Vulnerability to Hurricane Storm Surge Inundation in Lafourche Parish, Southeastern Louisiana
Chmielowiec, Elena Is Ellison Park a Sink for Phosphorus? 
Herrington, Steve Bow Echo Mesovortices:  Potential Causes of Surface Wind Damage 
Libby, Jill Determining the Source of Water from Conduit Flow at Buttermilk Falls, LeRoy, NY 
Lowe, Jeanine Plesiosaur Extinction 
Spier, Christine Why Did Bivalves Effect Brachiopods? 


Title - Spring 2009

Payne, Caldwell Stratrigraphic Analysis of the Onondaga Formation and Relationships with Groundwater Flow:  Case Study in LeRoy, New York 
Hobbins, Kelly Phosphorus Plume in Septic Effluent 
Leach, Christine The Nocturnal Low-Level Jet as an Influencing Factor to Nocturnal Severe Weather in the Central and Southern Plains 
Frazer, Erika The Fire's Discharge 
Daniluk, Timothy Source of Flood Water at the Quinlan Road Sinkhole in LeRoy, New York 
Prunella, Michael Examining an Extreme Lake-Effect Snow Event, October 12-13, 2006 
Stypa, Amy Impact and Precipitation Events on Phosphorus Fluxes from the Oak Orchard Watershed using SWAT 
Damyanov, Nikolay Variability of Frost Days in the Contiguous United States 
Rivera, Brian Is the GFS a Good Model for Forecasting Tropical Cyclone Landfalls? 
Hart, Caitlin A Quantitative Comparison of Three Satellite-Based Fog Indentification Products 
Rengert, Desirae Efficiency Analysis of SUNY Brockport through Recycling Rates 


Title - Fall 2008

Orlowski, Dennis Intensity and Longevity of Tornadoes 
Bagg, John What Makes a Strong Lake Snow Inland Penetration Case from Lake Ontario and How Does it Compare to a Weak Inland Penetration Case? 
Szatkowski, Aimee Nearshore Sediment Deposition Patterns Associated with a Subwatershed of Conesus Lake 
Bader, Mindy Comparing the Effects of Different Land Uses on Stormwater Runoff 
Landers-Appelle, Kathleen Trace Fossils in Rochester Gorge 
Rodriguez, A.J.  What was the Direction and Maximum Amount of Stress within the Alleghanian Orogeny?


Title - Spring 2008

Ransom, Robert Ageostrophic Wind in Upper Level Jet Streaks 
Pankratz, Chandra Analysis and Classification of Moraine Features in Western New York 
Staiber, Lisa Accuracy of Weather Forecasts for Rochester, NY 
Thompson, Andrew Phosphorus Concentration in the Sediments of Northrup Creek 
Wojdan, Lisa Comparing Numerical Weather Prediction Models in Forecasting Lake-Effect Snow Throughout Western and Central New York 


Title - Fall 2007

Blasioli, Maryalice Intervertebral Spacing in a Jurassic Ichthyosaur 
Amico, Anthony Determination of Climatic Change from 1900-2006 in Charleston, South Carolina and Comparison to Central Park, New York 
Carney, Heather The Rochester Urban Heat Island 
Clare, Ryan Channel Head Initiation 
Curtis, Jeffrey Ensemble Forecasting in Western New York State 
Ryan, Morgan Summer Precipitation and Temperatures Versus Winter Snowfall 
Cannarozzo, Nicole Mercury Contamination in Lake Michigan 


Title - Spring 2007

Zegarelli, Brooke Lake-Effect Snow Events from Lake Champlain 
Adriaansen, Daniel A Synoptic Overview of Nocturnal Cool-Season Convective Events in the Southeastern U.S. 
Domm, Paul Diurnal Variations of Lake-Effect Precipitation 
Steffan, Matthew A Study on Tropical System Formation and Intensification in Accordance with the Atlantic Multi-Decadal Oscillation 
Bzdick, Bryan Case Study of The Labor Day Storms from September 7, 1998 
Balschmiter, Baylee Topographic Influences on Storm Motion 
Pensgen, Stacey Hail in the Front Range of the Colorado Rocky Mountains and the Effects of Topography 
Caldwell, Jamie Hurricane Spawned Tornadoes 
Peluso, Mike Case Study of Weather in Bow Echoes 
McLaughlin, Jessica Topographic Influences to Severe Weather in New York State 
Atkinson, Robert The Correlation Between Above-Average Late Winter Snowfall and Decembers with Less Than 13 Inches of Snowfall 
Schlifke, Michael Influence of El Nino Southern Oscillation on Lake-Effect Snow in Western New York 
Earle, Steven 11-12 February 2006 Snowstorm 
Kaproth, Bryan Influence of Water Content Assumptions on OSL Age Determinations 
Belge, Jennifer The Role of "Blobs" on Tornadogenesis 
Manges, Howard Thermal Through Formation Over the Great Lakes from September through November 
Maniace, Chad Inland Penetration of Lake-Effect Snow Bands Off Lake Erie 
Bills, Justin Differential Land-Use and its Effects on Thermal Loading 
Sachman, William A Case Study of Heavy Rain Events in the Southern Tier of New York 
Vegh, Allison Gust Front Interactions with Thunderstorms 
Semione, Adrianna Erratics and Heavy Minerals of Moraine Deposits in Western NY 

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