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Benjamin D. DeJong

23 Hill St. Ext. (435) 760-5440


Waterbury, VT 05676 bdejong@uvm.edu

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EDUCATION
University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

Fall 2010 – present

Ph.D. Geology

Major Advisor: Dr. Paul Bierman

Cumulative GPA: 4.0



Coursework: GIS Practicum; Vermont Field Geology; Graduate Writing; Remote Sensing; Geostatistics; Stable Isotope Geochemistry; X-Ray Diffractometry

Utah State University, Logan, UT

Fall 2004 – 2007

M.S. Geology

Major Advisor: Dr. Joel L. Pederson

Effects of Quaternary climate change on tributary sedimentation and geomorphology in eastern Grand Canyon”

Cumulative GPA: 3.931

Coursework: advanced sedimentology; advanced (hillslope and landscape) geomorphology; fluvial geomorphology; remote sensing/GIS; soils genesis, morphology, and classification; mechanics of earth systems; paleoclimatology; OSL seminar;


Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI

Fall 1999 –Winter 2003

B.S.Geology



Major GPA: 3.84/4.0, Cumulative GPA: 3.653/4.0

Coursework: introductory geology; historical geology; paleontology; sedimentology; stratigraphy; geomorphology; igneous and metamorphic petrology; mineralogy; geochemistry; structural geology; environmental geology; cartography and GIS; inorganic chemistry; physics; calculus

EXPERIENCE

Teaching


  • TA—Geomorphology; University of Vermont, 2011

  • Assistant faculty—Environmental Science and Technology: The Governor’s Institute of Vermont, 2011

  • TA—The dynamic earth: University of Vermont, 2011

  • TA—Geologic hazards: University of Vermont, 2010

  • TA—Introductory geology lab: University of Vermont, 2010

  • TA—Geomorphology lab: Utah State University, 2006

  • TA—Introductory geology lab: Utah State University, 2006

  • TA—Geomorphology lab: Utah State University, 2004

  • TA—Introductory field methods, assistant instructor: Calvin College, 2004

  • TA—Introductory geology lab: Calvin College, 2003

  • TA—Historical geology lab: Calvin College, 2002



Field and Laboratory

  • Field mapping: hillslope, fluvial, estuarine, marine deposits; Geologic mapping in arcGIS and Adobe Illustrator

  • Optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) geochronology: Collection and processing of samples; analyzation and interpretation of data

  • Core extraction and analyzation: Acted as driller’s assistant in many coring and auguring drilling projects; core logging from description to digitizing and presentation.

  • Geophysics: Field assisted for ground penetrating radar (GPR), audio-magnetotelluric (AMT), and magnetotelluric (MT) surveys

  • Proficient in soil classification and in measuring stream characteristics (ie. discharge, geometries, and clast size)



AWARDS

  • Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant, USU; 2006

  • GSA Student Research Grant Award; 2005

  • Deans List, Calvin College; 1999-2003

  • Clarence Menninga Field Camp Fund, Calvin College; 2003

  • Michigan Competitive Scholarship, Calvin College; 1999-2003

  • Calvin College Honors Scholarship; 1999-2003

  • John and Lillian Van Oosten Science Scholarship, Calvin College; 2002



SPECIAL SKILLS


Laboratory Skills: wet and dry sieving for particle size separation; heavy mineral separation; HCL acid bath administration; comfortable working in a dark room environment; certified for working with sealed source radioactive materials

Software Proficiency: ESRI ArcGIS 8.3, 9.0, 9.1 GIS packages; Erdas Imagine; Definiens Ecognition Developer; Adobe Creator Suite (CS2+), Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and Unix operating systems; Microsoft Office package; SigmaPlot 2000; Matlab; JMP

PUBLICATIONS and PRESENTATIONS

Newell, W.L., and DeJong, B.D., 2011. Cold-climate slope deposits and landscape modifications of the Mid-Atlantic Coastal Plain,

Eastern USA. in Martini, I. P., French, H.M.&Pe´rez Alberti, A. (eds) Ice-Marginal and Periglacial Processes and Sediments.

Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 354, 259–276


Fleming, B.J., and DeJong, B.D., 2011 Geology, hydrology, and water quality of the Little Blackwater River watershed, Dorchester

County, Maryland, 2006–09: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2011–5054, 82 p., available

at http://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2011/5054/.
DeJong, B.D., and Newell, W.L., 2009. Sedimentological details of two closely spaced 100+ foot cores from the Little Blackwater River

Watershed: Implications for Ground Water Modeling, Sixth Annual Science Meeting of the Chesapeake Marshlands NWR

Complex, March 18, 2009, at Chesapeake College, Wye Mills, MD, Abstracts with program.
Newell, W.L., DeJong, B.D., and Edwards, L., 2009. Understanding the shallow substrate of Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, and

potential mechanisms for variable subsidence rates, Sixth Annual Science Meeting of the Chesapeake Marshlands NWR

Complex, March 18, 2009, at Chesapeake College, Wye Mills, MD, Abstracts with program.
Smoot, J.P., Newell, W.L., and DeJong, B.D., 2009. Investigation into the origin and character of surficial sedimentary deposits at the

Midshore Regional Solid Waste Facility near Easton, Maryland: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2009–1052, 64 p.



DeJong, B.D., Newell, W.L., Clark, I., Pierce H.A., Smoot, J.P., Landacre, B., Demitroff, M., French, H.M., 2009. The Parsonsburg

Alloformation of Central Delmarva: An artifact of a cold, dry Pleistocene landscape, Association of American Geographers 2009

Annual Meeting (54), Las Vegas, NV, Session 4254, “Past, Present, and Future Frozen Ground Environments II”, Abstract with

Program.
Demitroff, M., French, H.M., Gozdzik, J., Pope, G., DeJong, B.D, 2009. Wisconsinian eolian activity and paleohydrology, New Jersey

Pine Barrens (39ºN), Eastern USA, Association of American Geographers 2009 Annual Meeting (54), Las Vegas, NV, Session

4254, “Past, Present, and Future Frozen Ground Environments II”, Abstract with Program.


French, H.M., Demitroff, M., Newell, W.L., DeJong, B.D., 2009. Past permafrost on the mid-Atlantic coastal plain, Eastern USA:

Implications for relict permafrost in Central Alaska and North-Western Arctic Canada, Association of American Geographers

2009 Annual Meeting (54), Las Vegas, NV, Session 4254, “Past, Present, and Future Frozen Ground Environments II”, Abstract

with Program.


Pierce H.A., Newell, W.L., DeJong, B.D., Benthem, A., 2008. The application of two geophysical techniques to map the subsurface at

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, MD, Fifth Annual Science Meeting of the Chesapeake Marshlands NWR Complex, April 9,

2008, at Chesapeake College, Wye Mills, MD, Abstracts with program.
Newell, W.L., DeJong, B.D., 2008 New Perspectives on Sub-Surface Geology at Blackwater NWR, Dorchester County, MD, Fifth

Annual Science Meeting of the Chesapeake Marshlands NWR Complex, April 9, 2008, at Chesapeake College, Wye Mills, MD,

Abstracts with program.
DeJong, B.D., Newell, W.L., Pierce, H.A., Clark, I., 2008. Surficial Geologic Map of the Blackwater NWR Area Interpreted from LiDAR

Elevation Data; Taylors Island, Golden Hill, and Blackwater Quads, Dorchester County, Maryland. Fifth Annual Science

Meeting of the Chesapeake Marshlands NWR Complex, April 9, 2008, at Chesapeake College, Wye Mills, MD, Abstracts with

program.
Newell, W.L., DeJong, B.D., Benthem, A., and Morawe, R., 2008. Tidewater geomorphology at George Washington’s Birthplace

National Monument, Westmoreland County, VA. Geological Society of Washington Annual Fall Field Trip.
DeJong, B.D., 2007. Effects of Quaternary Climate Change on Tributary Sedimentation and Geomorphology in Eastern Grand Canyon

[MS Thesis] Logan, UT, Utah State University, 109 p.


DeJong, B.D., Pederson, J.L., Rittenour, T.M., and Goble R.J., 2006. Using OSL geochronology to correlate stream and hillslope

deposits to climate change in eastern Grand Canyon tributaries, Open-File Report - U. S. Geological Survey, Report: OF 2006-

1351, pp.20, 2006.
DeJong, B.D., Pederson, Joel L., and Rittenour, Tammy M., 2005, Testing the signature of climate change on sedimentation and

geomorphology in eastern Grand Canyon tributaries, GSA Annual Meeting, Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 37, No. 7, p. 296.


In Progress:

  • Powars, D.S., Newell, W.L., DeJong, B.D., Surficial Geologic Map of the Trappe 7.5’ Quadrangle with adjacent Choptank-River-bounding parts of the Preston, East New Market, and Cambridge 7.5’ Quadrangles, Talbot County, MD, U.S. Geological Survey Special Investigations Report in open file format. Report includes 4 plates: map, cross sections, drill logs, and geophysical profiles.




  • DeJong, B.D., Newell, W.L., Surficial Geology and geomorphology of the Blackwater, Golden Hill, and Taylors Island 7.5’ Quadrangles on a LiDAR-DEM base. U.S. Geological Survey SIR in OF format., Report includes 4 plates: map, cross sections, drill logs, and geophysical profiles.




  • Newell, W.L., DeJong, B.D., Powars, D.S., Pierce, H, Vogt, P., Halka, J., Clark,I, Geologic Framework of the Central Chesapeake Bay Region, U.S. Geological Survey, SIR based on serial presentation of late Pleistocene allostratigraphic sequences mapped on a DEM of seamless bathymetry and topography, Data files include three dimensional information from coring and geophysics and marine geophysics, and from various age dating techniques and paleontology.

(Data of above report will support the eventual compilation of the central and eastern thirds of the Washington East 30’ X 60’

geologic map.)

COLLABORATORS

Wayne Newell, USGS

Art Schultz, USGS

Herb Pierce, USGS

Tom Cronin, USGS

Christopher Bernhardt, USGS

Brandon Fleming, USGS WRD

Joel Pederson, Utah State University

Tammy Rittenour, Utah State University

Mark Demitroff, University of Delaware Permafrost Group



Hugh French, University of Ottawa (Emeritus); University of Delaware Permafrost Group

ACTIVITIES/INTERESTS


Outdoor recreation: running, hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, cycling, canoeing, skiing, fly-fishing, hunting…

Painting: five years experience as professional interior/exterior residential and commercial painter; will happily paint a room when financially challenged

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