People that have worked in the lab recently:
Payton Breitzmann (’24): Member of the 2022 Antarctic field team.
Nadia McGlynn (’24): Member of the 2022 Antarctic field team.
Courtney Megerian (’22): Member of the 2022 Antarctic field team. Courtney is doing a post-baccalaureate research program through the NSF GEO-REPS program. Senior thesis on the provenance of glacial tills from Cape Cod, MA. Courtney presented her results at the 2021 AGU conference.
Ellie Miller (’22): Senior thesis on the provenance of the Sirius Till Group, Antarctica. Ellie presented her results at the 2021 AGU conference.
Sophia Wang (’22): Research on the provenance of glacial tills from the Olympus Range and Friis Hills, Antarctica. Sophia presented her results at the 2021 AGU conference.
Alyssa “Rae” Larrinaga (’22): Research on the spectroscopy of weathering on bedrock in Antarctica and erosion rates determined with cosmogenic nuclides. Rae’s results were presented at the 2018 GSA conference.
Emma Rimmer (’20): Senior Thesis project on the glacial history of Ong Valley, Antarctica with cosmogenic nuclides. Here’s Emma doing lab work at the University of Vermont’s Community Cosmogenic Nuclide Lab. Emma went to graduate school at the University of Miami for Marine Conservation.
Andrew Grant (’19): Field work in Ong Valley, Antarctica in 2017. Andrew wrote a senior thesis about the accumulation of aerosol salts in Ong Valley and presented his results at the 2018 GSA meeting. He also wrote and directed a musical about the environment for the student group, Original Cast. https://news.vanderbilt.edu/2019/01/30/student-pushing-boundaries-to-impact-the-earth-and-people-in-it/
Julia Grabowski (‘17): Senior Thesis on the Geology of bald mountains, TN and NC. Julia went to graduate school at Colorado State University.
Sarah Sams (‘16): Conducted field work on glacial moraines in the Sierra Nevada, CA, conducted lab work at the Berkeley Geochronology Center, presented her results at the 2015 AGU conference, and then wrote a senior thesis on cosmogenic nuclide exposure age of glacial tills from Antarctica and California. Sarah went to a post-baccalaureate program at Los Alamos National Lab, and then to graduate school at Purdue University.
Julia Liu (’16): Senior thesis on zircon geochemistry of the Hope Granite and Wyatt Formation, Antarctica. Julia presented her results at the 2015 AGU conference. Julia went to medical school after graduation.
Katherine Edwards (‘15): Senior Thesis on the provenance of glacial tills in Ong Valley, Antarctica, using multiple methods. Katherine presented her results at the 2014 AGU conference. Katherine went to law school after graduating.
Courtney van Stolk (’13): Conducted field work in Peru in the summer of 2012 using lichenometry to examine the construction and abandonment date of buildings ine Colca Valley, Peru. Courtney attended graduate school at Oregon State University.
Kyle Broach (‘12): Senior Thesis. Bioturbation rates under sea ice, Explorer’s Cove, Antarctica. Kyle presented his results at the 2012 GSA conference. Kyle went to graduate school at UC Santa Cruz after graduation.
Catherine Grady Iskrenko (‘12): Conducted field work on glacial moraines in the Sierra Nevada, CA, presented her results at the 2011 AGU conference, and wrote a senior thesis on modeling moraine degradation. Catherine joined the Coast Guard after graduation.
Rebecca “Reba” McCracken (’12): Conducted field work in the Colca Valley, Peru and presented her results on a lichen growth rate curve at the 2011 GSA conference. Reba went on to graduate school at Iowa State University and now works for the National Park Service. She was part of the team that published an updated glacial geologic map of Yosemite National Park.
High School students
Supervised through the School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt
Alessandro Longhi (PhD ’21): Alessandro was a visiting graduate student intern at my lab in the EES department in 2018-19. We’re working on projects together using cosmogenic nuclides to date landslides and glacial deposits in the Alps. He completed his PhD dissertation at Insubria University, Italy on the glacial history of the Alps. https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Alessandro-Longhi-2
Jess Raff (PhD ’23): Jess worked in my lab on a project using cosmogenic nuclides from sands in the delta of Bangladesh to look at transit times of sediment through the Ganges-Brahmaputra river system.