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Current Geoscience Graduate Students

Meet our Current Graduate Students:




Research Interests

Dawn Beamer  beamer photo Lisa Park Boush  My research investigates the use of anthropogenic biogeochemical soil signals as proxies for cultural practices over a broad landscape. Currently I am working on San Salvador Island, The Bahamas, where I am working to identify a soil chemical proxy for Lucayan horticultural plots.
Andrew Beard     Beard_Photo Andrew Bush Research focuses on paleontology, paleoclimatology, and geochemistry.  The goal is to use  geochemical techniques to better understand climate dynamics during the  Paleozoic and to better understand physiological constraints on ancient  organisms
Sarah Brisson Andrew Bush
Isabelle Bristol   Julie Fosdick My research interests include studying the tectonic influences on basin evolution in both contractional and extensional orogenic systems. My current work focuses on the Miocene evolution of Middlegate and Eastgate basins in the Basin and Range Province of Nevada using geologic mapping, sedimentology, U/Pb geochronology, and (U-Th)/He thermochronology to determine the depositional, structural, and deformational history of these two areas.
Queenie Chang  queenie chang photo Michael Hren The linkage among climate, tectonic, and Earth’s surface response processes such as erosion, transportation, sedimentation, and the consequent landscape evolution
Michael Chojnacki   Tim Byrne My research interests include the structural and chemical development of orogenic systems, the subsequent effect on mantle geochemistry, and the causation of along-strike variation within mountain belts. My current work involves using neotectonic geomorphology as well as structural and geochemical analysis of blueschists in order to interpret the exhumation history of the Taiwan orogenic system.
Jennifer Cooper Boemmels   Jean Crespi My research focuses on the origin of Cretaceous magmatism and faulting within the Northern Taconic Allochthon and Champlain Valley of Vermont and New York. My methods include paleostress analysis and geochronology.
Jackie Giblin Julie Fosdick
Gregory Harris  photo-1-225x300 Michael Hren  My research is focused on using organic molecular biomarkers to understand how hydrologic, ecosystem, and biologic systems respond to changing CO2 during the glacial/interglacial cycles across the terminus of the late Paleozoic Ice Age.
Mark Higgins   Gary Robbins Coming from a background in borehole transmissivity profiling and discrete multi-level sampling, I am interested in improving upon methods for locating and characterizing groundwater flow in fractured bedrock. I am also interested in modeling groundwater contaminant plumes and new remediation methods.
Jim Kerr Lisa Park Boush My research interests are the paleoecology and evolutionary history of marine invertebrates. My general focus is on evidence of interactions between organisms recorded in the fossil record and association of those interactions with trends of ecological and evolutionary change.

My current project involves evaluating the influence of both biological and environmental factors on the dynamics of commensal relationships between continental shelf assemblages of brachiopods and their biofouling communities through the Late Devonian extinction.

Caitlin McManimon   Will Ouimet My research focuses on quantifying the Anthropocene in southern New England using geochemical markers for colonial-style land use change, such as isotopic nitrogen and trace metal concentrations, in the sedimentary archives of upland wetlands.  I am currently working in northwestern Connecticut using high-resolution topographic imagery, or LiDAR, to locate areas that are downstream from abandoned colonial features such as stonewalls and relict charcoal hearths to constrain these anthropogenic signals.
Ryan Ordung   Gary Robbins My research interests involve the study hydrogeologic systems and their responsible and sustainable usage by society.  I am interested in both anthropogenic and natural processes which can impact groundwater quality in order to make informed decisions regarding the usage and preservation of this vital resource
Stephanie Phillips Stephanie Phillips Gary Robbins Using borehole geophysics to characterize single borehole flow and cross well connections. Borehole geophysics can be used to gather information on well construction, rock lithology and fractures, permeability and porosity, and water quality. My field site includes three wells in fracture rock within a 150 square meter area. My research will focus on characterizing each well individually with a full suite of borehole geophysical logs including flow meter to identify fracture flow. After the wells are individually characterized, I will investigate fracture flow between the three wells.
Elena Robakiewicz   Lisa Park Boush I’m interested in exploring the relationship between African prehistoric peoples (and their evolution) and their environment/climate utilizing microfossils, specifically diatoms.
Jessica Robinson   Jean Crespi My research is centered on evaluating the structural geometry of the Taconic allochthon in Vermont and New York as a likely inclined transpression zone. Inclined transpression is the combination of strike-slip and contractional movement along low-angle thrust fault systems. Structural geometry will be characterized by strain orientation, shape, and magnitude from strain fringes developed on pyrite framboids within slate and orientations of cleavage, stretching lineations, and large-scale structures such as folds.
 Rebecca Vanderleest  Version 2 Julie Fosdick My research investigates sedimentation rates and changes in the Magallanes Basin in Patagonia to understand the paleogeography of the area as related to tectonics and climate. Some of the research methods I’ll be using are stratigraphy, field mapping, and geo-thermohronology.