University of Georgia Geology graduate and undergraduate students advised by Bruce Railsback


The following are people I've had the honor and pleasure to advise in their undergrad, M.S., or Ph.D. work:

Lynn Marie Andrews (M.S. 1995): Bedding-plane and tectonic stylolites in Appalachian carbonates: a field and laboratory study.  Lynn's thesis work was subsequently published in the Journal of Geology.  She now works for Harris Corporation in northern Virginia.

James Ugo Lee Baldini (M.S. 1999): Morphologic and geochemical relationships between speleothems and drip water characteristics: Evidence from Brown's Folly Mine, Wiltshire, England.  James's thesis work was subsequently published in the Journal of Cave and Karst Research.  He went on to earn a Ph.D. at University College in Dublin, Ireland, and James now teaches at the University of Durham in England.

Guglielmo Angelo Caddeo (Visiting Scholar 2009-2010): A visiting doctoral student from the Dipartimento Scienze della Terra of the Universita degli studi di Cagliari in Sardninia, Guglielmo works on the origin of speleothems of all sorts, not just the paleoclimate record of stalagmites.  He received his Ph.D. in 2011 and has published his research in the International Journal of Speleology.

Julia Elaine Cox (M.S. 1997): The paleoenvironmental and paleoclimatic significance of carbon and oxygen isotopes of calcrete and related rocks of the Catskill Delta. Julie's thesis work was subsequently published in Northeastern Geology.  After stints with the US EPA in Athens and as manager of a stable isotope lab at the University of Arkansas, she has returned to UGA as manager of the Department of Geology Stable Isotope Lab.

Jennifer Renee Diaz (M.S. 1996): Meteoric diagenesis of Ordovician limestones from Cannon County, TN.  Jen's thesis work was subsequently published in the Journal of Sedimentary Research.  At last report, Jen was working for an environmental firm in Massachusetts.

Joe Travis Elkins (Ph.D., 2002): Use of δ13C values of soil organic matter found in speleothems as a new proxy for paleovegetation and interpreting paleoclimate.  Joe's disssertation work was subsequently published in the Journal of Cave and Karst Research. Joe taught at Bowling Green State University and is now an associate professor at the University of Northern Colorado.  He won the Geological Society of America's Biggs Award for Excellence in Earth Science Teaching in 2007.

Katelynn Blanche Garrett: Katelynn completed a Senior Thesis concerned with Quaternary climate change in northwestern Spain as recorded in a stalagmite from Courel Caves. She presented her research as a poster at the 2015 Geological Society of America Southeastern Meeting, and it will be part of a forthcoming paper.

Edward Charles Hood (M.S. 1998): A diagenetic study of Jurassic limestones from the High Atlas Mountains, Morocco.  Ed's thesis work was subsequently published in Sedimemtary Geology.  By 2009, Ed was a Senior Client Proram Manager with Shaw Environmental Inc. in Charlotte, N.C..

Ernest Michael Jordan (M.S. 1999): Using isotopic and petrographic analyses to recognize subaerial exposure in Ordovician limestones from central Tennessee. Mike's thesis work was subsequently published in the Journal of Sedimentary Research.  He went to earn a Ph.D. in the College of Education at the University of Georgia and is an Associate Director for Assessment in the Office of Strategic Research and Analysis at Georgia Southern University.

Elizabeth Kennair:  Beth, a Geology minor, completed an undergraduate independent study project to produce a website illustrating the variablilty of shoreline sands from around the world.  She now works for New York Life.

Bethany Jean Purdin (M.S. 2005): Heterogeneity in geochemical expression of subaerial exposure in the Nashville Dome, Tennessee: implications for sampling exposure surfaces. Bethany's thesis work was subsequently published in the Journal of Sedimentary Research.  Now Bethany P. Theiling, she went on to get her Ph.D. at the University of New Mexico, to manage the Purdue Stable Isotope Facility, and to be a Caltech Postdoctoral Scholar at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  She is now an Assistant Professor of Geosciences at the University of Tulsa.

Margaret Ann Rafter (M.S. 1997): Petrographic and geochemical analyses of two Republic of Madagascar speleothems as potential records of climate.  Maggie's thesis work was subsequently published in The Holocene.  Now Margaret Rafter Millings, Maggie worked for the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County, Florida, before taking her present position with the Westinghouse Savannah River Company in Aiken, South Carolina.

Rachel Sellers: Rachel completed a Senior Honors Thesis concerned with Quaternary climate change in northwestern Spain as recorded in a stalagmite from Courel Caves. She presented her research as a poster at the 2013 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, and it will be part of a forthcoming paper.  She went on to Ph.D. study at the University of Utah.

Hillary Rae Sletten (M.S. 2011): A 4,600-year stalagmite high resolution geochemical and petrologic paleoclimate record for northeast Namibia.  Hillary's thesis work was published in Palaeography, Palaeoecology, Palaeoclimatology, and she went on to Ph.D. study at the University of Alabama.

Ny Riavo Gilbertinie Voarintsoa: A Ph.D. student, Voary is working on a variety of projects concerned with Holocene climate change in southern Africa and Madagascar.  She presented early results from her research at the 2013 American Geophysical Union meeting and 2014 GSA Annual meeting.

 

Last updated 13 August 2015.



 

 

 

 

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