Sara Gibbs Schnucker (she/her/hers)


I got my undergraduate degree in Philosophy, Spanish, and a minor in Geology, so my family likes to say that I want to debate ethics with Spanish rocks. While I'm sure that would make for a riveting conversation, I am instead working on my Master's degree in Geomorphology and am hoping to apply that toward policy work following my graduation. I am a fierce animal lover, and a passionately careless foody (I like food. It doesn't matter how it's made or who made it, I just like eating). I have climbed enough mountains to pretend I know what "gain" means, but not so many that I don't still appreciate the view from the top, and one time I went skydiving because I couldn't think of a reason not to. I love this world, I love all its little and big creatures, and hopefully through ECS I can achieve my goal of protecting this wonderfully sweet planet we live on.


My work focuses on the Stockton Island tombolo strandplains, in the Apostle Islands of Lake Superior. The strandplains offer a potential to understand not only more drastic historical events, but also contemporary erosion, contributing to the overall understanding of Lake Superior, its processes, and its ecological impacts. Using Optically Stimulated Luminescence dating techniques, I am working to narrow the range of ages for each strandplain, which would confirm the presence of widespread lake effects and processes as well as ecological variants.

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