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Graduate Research in Geological Sciences

Two new species of Lanistes from the Nsungwe Formation
Two new species of Lanistes from the Nsungwe Formation: Geology students find answers to why snails put on evolutionary speed when they had to.

Geological Sciences graduate students have been integral in the discovery of new species recently. See:


Opportunities in Geological Sciences

Ohio University is a research-intensive institution, and graduate students are encouraged to develop into independent scientists while earning the skills necessary to pursue their career aspirations. All students select a permanent faculty adviser and write a thesis.

Graduate Research Accomplishments

Audrey Blakeman—won the Kerry Kelts Research Award at the Geological Society of America's annual meeting. She received grants from AAPG, SEPM, GSA, GSA Limnogeology Division to do fieldwork in Wyoming for her research on the Bridger Formation in the Greater Green River Basin. Her adviser is Dr. Elizabeth Gierlowski-Kordesch.

Mike Hils—Received grants from the Geological Society of America Student Research Grant, Paleontological Society Student Research Grant, and Ohio University Geology Alumni Research Grant. His adviser is Dr. Dan Hembree.

Jennifer Bauer—Received grants form Dry Dredger Paleontological Research Award, the Geological Society of America, Student Research Grant, the Schuchert and Dunbar Grant-in-Aid, Yale Peabody Museum, and Ohio University Geology Alumni Research Grant. She also received the Graduate Associate Outstanding Teacher Award from Ohio University and the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award for the Department of Geological Sciences. Her adviser is Dr. Alycia Stigall.

Hannah Brame and Jennifer Bauer—Won first place at the Ohio University Student Research and Creativity Activity Expo, Geological Sciences, Geography, and Math Division.

Katharine Schleich—Received a summer fellowship from an AEP grant to Ohio University researchers.

Recent Graduate Student Theses

Ayo Bali, Abiodun, 2019. Geochemical Analysis of the Environmental Phases of La Barra de Santiago Estuary, El Salvador. Adviser: Dr. Dina López.

Baxstrom, Kelli, 2019. Climate and Vegetation Change in Late Pleistocene Central Appalachia: Evidence from Stalagmites and lake cores. Adviser: Dr. Gregory Springer.

Hall, Andrew, 2019. Verification and Expansion Upon the Use of Cave Scallops in Recreating Hydrogeologic Conditions in Karst Aquifers. Adviser: Dr. Gregory Springer.

Hamilton, Brandi, 2019. Modeling Exoplanet Interiors from Host Star Elemental Abundances. Adviser: Dr. Doug Green.

Howard, Lucas, 2019. Nutrient Loading from the Maumee River to Lake Erie. Adviser: Dr. Dina López.

McFadden, Connor, 2019. Analysis of Landscape Variability through the Pennsylvanian and Permian Monongahela and Dunkard Groups, Southeastern Ohio. Adviser: Dr. Daniel Hembree.

Stobart, Ryan, 2019. The Kaskaskia / Absaroka Boundary in the Subsurface of Athens County, Ohio. Adviser: Dr. Greg Nadon.

Thurkettle, Sara, 2019. Reconstructing Paleofloods in the Greenbrier River using Slackwater Deposits and Hydraulic Modeling. Adviser: Dr. Gregory Springer.

Brourman, Hanna, 2018. Hydrogeological Assessment of Fracking Fluid Injection in Wells of Athens County, Ohio. Adviser: Dr. Dina López.

Klopfenstein, Trey, 2018. High Frequency Sequences within the Lower Mississippian Allensville Member, Logan Formation, South-central Ohio. Adviser: Dr. Greg Nadon.

Kogler, Sarah, 2018. Influences of modern pedogenesis on paleoclimate estimates from Pennsylvanian and Permian paleosols, southeast Ohio. Adviser: Dr. Daniel Hembree.

Nadas, Alexander, 2018. Characterization of DNAPL Contamination and Vapor Intrusion in Dayton, Ohio. Adviser: Dr. Eung Seok Lee.

Schafer, Lindsey, 2018. Statistical analysis of mining parameters to create empirical models to predict mine pool formation in underground coal mines. Adviser: Dr. Dina López.

Seeley, Jack, 2018. Shock Metamorphism with Depth in Knox Group Dolostone from the Central Uplift of Wells Creek Crater. Adviser: Keith Milam.

Stubbs, Dreadnaught, 2018. A Sequence Stratigraphic Analysis of the Allegheny Group (Middle Pennsylvanian), SE Ohio. Adviser: Dr. Greg Nadon.

Twumasi, Frederick, 2018. Modeling of Hydrological Data to Predict Mine Pool Formation and Possible Discharge Locations in Underground Mines. Adviser: Dr. Dina López.

Carnes, Jennifer, 2017. Response of soils and soil ecosystems to the Pennsylvania-Permian climate. Adviser: Dr. Daniel Hembree.

Epa, Yuwan Ranjeev, 2017. Paleoecology of the freshwater Ampullariidae from the late Oligocene Nsungwe formation of Tanzania. Adviser: Dr. Alycia Stigall.

McKay, Daniel, 2017. Modeling discharge from the Upper Racoon Creek River, Ohio. Adviser: Dr. Dina López.

Perera, Srilak Nilmani, 2017. Hierarchical spatial patterns in paleocommunities of the late Pennsylvanian Ames Limestone.  Adviser: Dr. Alycia Stigall.

Pramik, Paige, 2017. Optimization and analysis of a slow-release permanganate gel for dilute DNAPL plume remediation in groundwater. Adviser: Dr. Eung Seok Lee.

Shaw, Caitlin, 2017. A preliminary investigation of treating metal pollutants in water by slow-release hydrogen peroxide. Adviser: Dr. Eung Seok Lee.

Vanadia, David, 2017. Mapping the outer margin of the Serpent Mound impact structure to assess the outer limit of deformation: Adams, Highland, and Pike Counties, Ohio. Adviser: Dr. Damian Nance.