In addition to the ice core drilling program, a small glacial geology team collected samples along the terminus of the glaciers that flow from Mt. Bona and Mt. Churchill. The goal is to date the previous advances and retreats of this ice field. This small project has already resulted in a successfully defended Master's Thesis by Amanda
Cavin, a graduate student in the Department of Geological Sciences who collected samples during the 2002 field season. Her thesis is entitled: 'Climate and Glacier Change in South Central Alaska from Radiocarbon Dates, Paleoclimate Records, and Landsat-7 Data.'