Hello from Montana!
For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Nathan Corbin, Nate for short. I am currently pursing a Masters Degree in Earth Science at Montana State University in Bozeman. I grew up in and around Lawrence, Kansas where I attended KU and received my Bachelors Degree in Geology in 2011. While attending school in Kansas, I worked at the Kansas Geological Survey in Exploration Services and routinely assisted with drilling and seismic surveying. In the spring of 2012 I was presented with the opportunity to study at Montana State University for my Masters. After multiple conversations with my potential advisor and my boss at KGS, I accepted the offer. I began my studies almost immediately with trips to Italy and California researching deep marine turbidite deposits. This experience was immensely rewarding. After only brief trips home to Kansas during the summer, I moved to Montana in August 2012 to begin classes. New places, new faces, and new experiences welcomed me to the area. Being from Kansas, my new nickname flatlander quickly gained popularity.
To kick off 2013, I spent the first two months of the year beginning my research in New Zealand. My research is focused on the evolution of a submarine channel fairway within the Mount Messenger Formation on the Taranaki coast of the North Island. This required living and working on the Taranaki coastline while overlooking the Tasman Sea for a period of two months. Talk about a tough life! While everyone was enjoying the snow storms in Montana and Kansas during the winter, it was sunny and warm in the Southern Hemisphere. And although field work was demanding, the location was a definite plus. I finished up my time in New Zealand at the beginning of March with a brief trip to Auckland and the Coromandel Peninsula followed by a week in Fiji before getting back to work.
The amount of time and effort spent in the field collecting data for my research was only half the battle. Back in Montana, I have worked diligently to digitize, analyze and compile the large amount of information. Painstaking hours have been spent in front of a computer or in the lab, but all with one goal in mind. Even so, it’s been a fun start to my research.
So far this summer, I spent 3 weeks traveling across southern Europe with like-minded geologists and another week hiking and gazing at awe-inspiring views in Banff and Jasper National Parks in Canada. I’m looking forward to seeing what else 2013 has in store and cannot wait for another semester to begin. Keep an eye here as I update these pages periodically with my current affairs and my life as a geologist.