This is a list of students who have gained lab and field experience separate from senior thesis work. To learn about honors thesis students and their work, please click here.

Current Members

last updated March 23, 2016

Cody Pfund-Pulliam '17

Cody is working on the sulfur isotope record of deep water Hirnantian limestones from Percé, Quebec.

Chris Hodge '17

Chris is investigating mercury anomalies in sediments deposited during mass extinction events.

Helen Montie '18

Helen is studying the carbon and oxygen isotope composition of Hirnantian brachiopod shell material.

Caroline Feeley '18

Caroline is keeping the mass spectrometer fed with samples for carbon isotope analysis.

Brian Beaty '17

Brian is working on a project that will study the effects of dolomitization on the stable isotopes of sedimentary sulfur-bearing minerals.  He is extracting trace sulfate and pyrite from several time-equivalent sections from Nevada and Utah. Brian is currently on a SIT study abroad program in Mongolia.
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Brian in the lab extracting sulfate from dolostone.

Past Members

more bios to come...

Cara Lembo '17

Cara completed field work studying Ordovician-Silurian carbonates of the Great Basin as well as geochemistry of Deep Springs Lake. She will develop a research project stemming from this work during summer 2015.

Olivia Truax '16

Olivia is analyzing carbon isotope ratios of organic matter deposited during the Ordovician-Silurian icehouse.  She is comparing isotope records from carbonate strata in the Great Basin and Anticosti Island. Her project is the first to make use of the lab's laser cavity ring down spectrometer.

Annie Turnbull '16

Annie worked in the field and lab in Summer 2014.  She helped collect Ordovician and Silurian dolostone samples from several mountain ranges in Nevada and Utah, and she mucked around in Deep Springs Lake collecting water and mud samples.  Back in the lab she sliced, drilled, and dissolved many of the 2014 rock samples.

Alina de Cordoba '16

Alina worked in the field and lab in Summer 2014.  She helped collect Ordovician and Silurian dolostone samples from several mountain ranges in Nevada and Utah, and she mucked around in Deep Springs Lake collecting water and mud samples.  Back in the lab she sliced, drilled, and dissolved many of the 2014 rock samples.

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Annie T. (left) and Alina with Deep Springs Lake in the background.

Annie Kandel - Amherst Regional High School '14

Annie spent parts of Summer 2013 and 2014 processing rocks samples for isotope analysis, and became a shatterbox guru.  She is currently a student at Bates College.

Amar Mukunda '15

Amar was part of the Great Basin field team in Summer 2013, focused on stratigraphic logging and sample collecting.  He solved the wizards riddle in record time.

Will Brothers '16

Will was part of the Great Basin field team in Summer 2013, focused on stratigraphic logging and sample collecting. Will also spent time in the lab working on trace sulfate extraction techniques.

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Will (left) and Amar on the Bonneville salt flats, with the Silver Island Range in the background.

Mollie McDowell '14

Mollie worked on extracting microfossils from a variety of sedimentary rocks from the early Cambrian and Tonian.  She went on to do her senior thesis in geology with Anna Martini, spent time as a research assistant in Jeff Donnelly's lab at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and is now pursuing graduate work in ecohydrology at University of British Columbia with Mark Johnson.

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Mollie examining a sediment core at Woods Hole.

Mark Hellmer '13

Mark accompanied me on a field trip to Percé, Quebec in August 2011, just as Hurricane Irene was coming up the east coast.  We spent a week studying the Matapédia Group with my colleague Seth Finnegan. After our field adventures Mark worked on the paleontology and geochemistry of our sample set. He went on to do an honors thesis with Anna Martini, co-author a paper with Will Ouimet, and complete a Fulbright Fellowship in Russia.  He is now in a graduate program in hydrogeology at Imperial College.

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Mark in the field at Percé, Quebec.