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Geology Student Conducts Summer Research at Panama Canal

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Geology major Isaac Magallanes is collecting fossils and collaborating with Panamanian and Colombian students as part of a summer internship under the Panama Canal Project-Partnerships for International Research and Education.

A senior with interests in paleontology, Magallanes spent the first two weeks of his internship at the University of Florida, where he trained on how to collect and prepare fossils, and is now in Panama through mid-August.

“It’s an amazing opportunity for me because I get to participate in an international effort to understand the rise of the Isthmus of Panama, as well as the different animals that were around at the time,” Magallanes said. His CSUF faculty mentor is James Parham, assistant professor of geological sciences. The two are working together on a separate fossil walrus research project.