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Summer Work #2: Off-beat jobs around the world, close to home for CC students

July 01, 2003
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Erik Brzozowski ’04 in New Zealand

Erik Brzozowski ’04 in New Zealand

Skating on thick ice, uploading cargo onto oil tankers, tracking birds who nest along powerlines, building a Maine camp, and using guerilla tactics to build a telescope. These are just some of the things CC students are up to this summer. Here are their stories:

Second in the Series: Erik Brzozowski ´04, glacial research down under

Erik Brzozowski ´04´s summer job isn´t really a summer job. It´s a winter job. That´s because this summer he is in New Zealand, where it´s winter and Brzozowski is there to research glaciers in the country´s Southern Alps. The CC senior is working with Wendy Lawson of the Glacial Research Team at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch. They are taking a series of velocity and depth measurements on the Franz Josef glacier using global positioning systems and ground penetrating radar equipment.

"This data will be cataloged and processed in order to produce a series of mass balance diagrams showing the annual change in the glacier´s position and depth in relation to changes in climate," emailed Brzozowski from New Zealand, where he has been studying since February.

He also will collaborate with Jamie Schulmeister of the geology department to map and sample glacial deposits in the surrounding Christchurch area. That information will be used to conduct a pilot study, he said, that may give way to a geochronological investigation of the timing, extent and nature of local glaciations.

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First in the Series: Ethan Powell ´04, coastline cargo boat crewmember

Third in the Series: Maggie Gentz ´04 and Matt Frackelton ´04, researching birds "online"

Fourth in the Series: Bobby Brooks ´06, building a Maine camp

Fifth in the Series: Doug Gobeille ´04, cutting edge astronomy

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Amy Martin, 860-439-2526, or Deborah MacDonnell (860) 439-2504,