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Geobiology Graduate Students 2016-2017

  • Silvia Ascari M.Sc. Advisor: Jackson Njau. Geochemistry and isotopic analysis of African late Cenozoic fauna.
  • Allison Bormet Ph.D. Advisor: David Polly
  • Paul Farrugia Ph.D. Advisor: Jackson Njau. Tectonics, climate and the reconstruction of Plio-Pleistocene hominin landscapes at Olduvai Gorge.
  • Robin Green Ph.D. Advisor: Jackson Njau
  • Spencer Hellert M.S. Advisor: David Polly)
  • Blaire Hensley-Marschand Ph.D. Advisor: David Polly. Double major in Anthropology
  • John Kearney MS Advisor: Claudia Johnson
  • Kathryn Nold Ph.D. Advisor: Claudia Johnson. Double major in Anthropology. Title: Local Environmental Dynamics on the Atlantic and Caribbean Coasts of Prehistoric Dominican Republic: A Geoarchaeological Approach to Midden Shells and Associated Ceramics.
  • Michael Smith M.S. Advisor: David Polly
  • Alex Zimmerman M.S. Advisor: Claudia Johnson
Are you Interested in Geobiology?

Graduate students should have courses in undergraduate paleontology with a laboratory; evolution; biology, choosing from systematic zoology, genetics, or ecology/ecosystems; sedimentology and stratigraphy; geochemistry; and a field geology course. Undergraduate classes in physics, chemistry and calculus are additional prerequisites for admission. Before graduation, students are expected to write grant proposals to fund field and laboratory research, submit an abstract for a regional or national meeting, and give a formal thesis defense.

Program Requirements for Students

Students entering the Geobiology Research Group should have courses in undergraduate paleontology with a laboratory; evolution; biology, choosing from systematic zoology, genetics, or ecology/ecosystems; sedimentology/stratigraphy; geochemistry; and a field geology course. Before graduation, students are expected to write grant proposals to fund field and laboratory research (e.g., Paleontological Society, Sigma Xi, American Museum of Natural History, Geological Society of America, American Association of Petroleum Geologists); submit an abstract for a regional or national GSA, AGU, SEPM, etc. meeting; and give a formal thesis defense.