McGuffy, a New Jersey native, came to Wyoming after an undergraduate professor recommended she attend UW for her masters degree in geophysics. She became interested in geology due to her love of the outdoors.
|Casey McGuffy working this summer in Jemez, N.M.|
"The Critical Zone is a near-surface layer of the Earth that supports terrestrial life. This layer includes the bed rock up to the tops of the trees. So it is not only studied by geologists, but ecologists and soil scientists are also involved," McGuffy explains.
|The Critical Zone site in Jemez, N.M.|
McGuffy found that the primary differences between weathering along the rock profiles were due to slope aspect. It was also noted that seismic profiles between the two sites lead to variations in weathering due to the different rock types.
"I look forward to seeing other peoples research, talking with people about it, and attending different key note speeches," McGuffy adds.
We wish Casey good luck on her research presentation and all of her future endeavors. She is sure to 'rock' the field of geophysics.