Ms Sara Summers

Teaching Focus:

My main teaching focuses are the introductory geology classes such as Earthquakes and Volcanoes and Physical Geology.  I also teach Earth Materials.

Research Areas & Interests:

I am a mining exploration geologist with north American Exploration (Kaysville, UT) and have worked on projects such as locating rare earth elements in Idaho, phosphate near Vernal, and gold in Nevada.  I use many techniques in my job including rock and soil sampling, vegetation sampling, water sampling, equipment such as scintillometers, field observations, and my knowledge of rocks and minerals and their environments.

I have also worked at the Bingham Canyon Mine (Salt Lake city, UT) as a core logger.

My academic research topics include observing the initial stages of mineral weathering in an arctic environment (Spitsbergen, Svalsbard) using microscopic techniques such as Atomic Force Microscopy and Scanning Electron Microscopy, and studying the effects of organic ligands called siderophores on the sorption of lead (Pb) to montmorillonite clay and the effects of siderophores on lead carbonate (cerussite and hydrocerussite) formation.

Classes Taught:

Geo 1030 – Earthquakes and Volcanoes

Geo 2050 – Earth Materials

M.S.: Univeristy of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN

Academic Rank: Visiting Lecturer

Office: SL 206M

Office Hours:
T-R  10:30-11:30am
and by appointment

Department of Geosciences
1415 Edvalson St., Dept. 2507
Weber State University
Ogden, UT 84408-2507

Phone: 801-626-6208

Fax: 801-626-7445