Current and Former Thesis Students

Click on the project titles for links to GSA and NE Geobiology abstracts

Class of 2018

Cody Pfund-Pulliam '18E: Reconstructing Pathways: An Investigation of Climate Data Preserved in Microfossil and Concretionary Carbonate Phases in Pleistocene-Aged Varved Clays from Glacial Lake Hitchcock

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Cody works as an Assistant Geologist in the Environmental Department of Terracon Consulting in Austin, TX.

Class of 2017

Brian Beaty '17: Do Mercury Enrichments in the Mesozoic Rift Basins of Eastern North America Provide a Link Between Flood Basalt Volcanism and the End-Triassic Extinction?

Brian through-hiked the Appalachian Trail after graduating. He then worked as an intern at Petrified Forest National Park and plans to enter a PhD program in Fall 2019.

Chris Hodge '17: Mercury chemostratigraphy leading into the Sturtian Snowball Earth glaciation: a volcanic aerosol link between volcanism and global glaciation?

Class of 2016

Will Brothers '16: Effects Of Early Diagenesis On δ44/40Ca Records Of Upper Ordovician Dolostones

Will is an Investment Analyst in the greater Seattle area.

Class of 2014

Cecilia Pessoa '14: Magnesium Isotope Records Associated With Dolomite Formation In A Modern Alkaline Lake

Cecilia is an Associate Editor at MD Magazine.

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Ben Otoo '14: Investigating Paleoenvironmental And Diagenetic Controls On Intrabasinal Variability Of Stable Isotope Records In Ancient Limestones

Ben spent Summer 2014 as an intern at Dinosaur National Park and began a graduate program in Vertebrate Paleontology at the University of Cambridge in Fall 2014, where he earned his M.Phil. supervised by Jennifer Clack. He then earned a second master's degree in Palaeobiology at University of Bristol. In Fall 2016 he started his Ph.D. work in vertebrate paleontology at the University of Chicago under the supervision of Michael Coates.

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Class of 2013

Roger Creel '13: Meteoric Diagenesis Of Sequence Boundaries In Late Ordovician-Early Silurian Dolomites Of The Great Basin, Nevada

After graduating, Roger was a dancer with the Louisville Ballet. While dancing professionally, he also worked as an intern - first in biogeochemistry with David Fike's group at Washington University in St. Louis and subsequently with Kristin Bergmann's group at MIT. In Fall 2018 Roger entered a PhD program at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, working with Jacky Austermann.

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Danielle Santiago Ramos '13: Assessing The Potential Effects Of Dolomitization On The Sulfur Isotopic Composition Of Late Ordovician-Early Silurian Dolomites From The Basin And Range Province, Nevada

Dani is a PhD student in geochemistry at Princeton University, where she is working with John Higgins.

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Bernardo Rios '13: Testing The Development Of δ13C Gradients Across A Proximal To Distal Transect Of An Ordovician-Silurian Carbonate Shelf In Central Nevada

Bernardo is studying at St. John's Seminary in Brighton, MA.

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Class of 2012

Catherine Rothacker '12: Chemostratigraphy And Biostratigraphy Of Northern Mongolia's Khubsugul Basin: Links Between Geochemistry And Evolution In The Ediacaran And Early Cambrian

Catherine earned a M.S. degree in Environmental Management at Yale. Prior to grauate school, Catherine worked on environmental policy issues related to water, forests, climate, and agriculture as a Project Associate at the not-for-profit Meridian Institute, which specializes in multi-stakeholder collaborative problem solving. She currently works as a Sustainability Assistant at Ahlstrom-Munksjö, a specialty fiber company based in Stockholm, Sweden.

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