Sam Swanson
Igneous Petrology

Current Research Interests

images (3).jpgMy interest in granitic rocks comes from a summer internship with the USGS mapping in the Sierra Nevada batholith. I mapped and did a petrologic study of a granitic pluton in the western Sierra Nevada for my Masters thesis at U. C. Davis. More recently I have worked on the pegmatites. Two studies (Veal, M. S., 2004; Susina Senior Thesis, 2010) involved students. A study of samples of spodumene pegmatites from the Kings Mountain District of North Carolina involved over 20 undergraduate students from my Earth Materials class and produced one senior thesis (Saenger, 2012)