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Sierra Isard, Geological Sciences Alumni Advisory Board Member

Sierra Isard, portrait
Sierra Isard

Ohio University B.S. Geology '12, University of Iowa M.S. Geology '14

I became an undergraduate student at Ohio University in 2008 as a declared English major. After taking Gregory Springer’s Natural Disasters class in my second semester, I quickly realized that geology was my future. During my time at OHIO, I actively participated in the department by becoming a member of Geology Club and SGE, completing an undergraduate research assistantship for Alycia Stigall, and finishing a senior thesis with Doug Green.

After graduation in 2012, I immediately went on to get my M.S. degree at the University of Iowa. My thesis comprised of a four-week bedrock mapping project in Yukon, Canada with subsequent geochemical and geochronologic analysis of sampled rocks.

Soon after obtaining my M.S. degree in 2014, I started working for the North Carolina Geological Survey in Asheville, NC. My primary duties are bedrock mapping in complexly metamorphosed terranes, analyzing data using ArcGIS software, responding to service requests, scientific writing, and educational outreach.

I have very fond memories of my interactions with Geological Sciences professors and students. I look forward to giving back to a department that played a significant role in my career. Aside from work, I enjoy spending time with my husband and dog, playing board games with friends, and hiking. I’m happy to answer any questions so feel free to contact me.