Current Geoscience Graduate Students

Meet our Current Graduate Students:




Research Interests

Dawn Beamer  beamer photo Lisa Park Boush My research combines a multidisciplinary approach to questions about the relationship between people and their environment. Climate variation and environmental change are an important context from which human decision making processes take place. Climate and environment are often factored into strategies involving land use, resource procurement, trade, settlement and sociopolitical relationships. My research disentangles the complicated relationship between people and their environment. Currently, I am focusing on questions regarding the Caribbean\Western Atlantic and the Medieval Climate Optimum, as well as the late Pleistocene through Holocene paleoclimate in Western Connecticut.
Sarah Brisson Andrew Bush I am interested in paleontology and paleoclimate dynamics particularly during mass extinctions. I am currently focusing on Devonian brachiopods.
Queenie Chang  queenie chang photo Michael Hren The linkage among climate, tectonic, and Earth’s surface response processes such as erosion, transportation, sedimentation, and the consequent landscape evolution
Michael Chojnacki   Tim Byrne My research interests include the structural and chemical development of orogenic systems, the subsequent effect on mantle geochemistry, and the causation of along-strike variation within mountain belts. My current work involves using neotectonic geomorphology as well as structural and geochemical analysis of blueschists in order to interpret the exhumation history of the Taiwan orogenic system.
Jennifer Cooper Boemmels   Jean Crespi My research focuses on the origin of Cretaceous magmatism and faulting within the Northern Taconic Allochthon and Champlain Valley of Vermont and New York. My methods include paleostress analysis and geochronology.
Samantha Dow Will Ouimet My research focuses on watershed response to the magnitude of historic land use change in southern New England. I utilize a combination of soils work, sediment coring, geospatial, and geochemical analyses to investigate the link between the generation of legacy sediment in upland sources to where it is stored in depositional environments.
Andy Fallon Will Ouimet I am interested in the impacts of land use changes on river systems to better understand natural baseline conditions for restoration and management.  My current research is focused on the influence of beavers and beaver habitat on the fluvial geomorphology of Holocene New England.
Mark Higgins   Gary Robbins Coming from a background in borehole transmissivity profiling and discrete multi-level sampling, I am interested in improving upon methods for locating and characterizing groundwater flow in fractured bedrock. I am also interested in modeling groundwater contaminant plumes and new remediation methods.
Jim Kerr Lisa Park Boush My research interests are the paleoecology and evolutionary history of marine invertebrates. My general focus is on evidence of interactions between organisms recorded in the fossil record and association of those interactions with trends of ecological and evolutionary change.

My current project involves evaluating the influence of both biological and environmental factors on the dynamics of commensal relationships between continental shelf assemblages of brachiopods and their biofouling communities through the Late Devonian extinction.

Elena Robakiewicz   Lisa Park Boush I’m interested in exploring the relationship between African prehistoric peoples (and their evolution) and their environment/climate utilizing microfossils, specifically diatoms.
Madison Rosen
Jean Crespi I am currently researching the structural geometry of the Taconic allochthon in Vermont and New York as an inclined transpression zone
Christopher Sparacio Michael Hren
 Rebecca Vanderleest  Version 2 Julie Fosdick My research investigates sedimentation rates and changes in the Magallanes Basin in Patagonia to understand the paleogeography of the area as related to tectonics and climate. Some of the research methods I’ll be using are stratigraphy, field mapping, and geo-thermohronology.
David Vohra Will Ouimet I am interested in fluvial geomorphology and landscape evolution. I am currently researching the formation of anomalous terraces in Taiwan’s Central Mountain Range through topographical analysis of lidar datasets.

Meet Our Current Post Doctoral Fellows:

Christine Hall Boush lab My research focuses on how life responded to changing environmental conditions during the early Cenozoic, with respect to diversity, abundance, and morphology. I’m currently investigating potential discrepancies in marine and terrestrial records from the Eocene and Oligocene using ostracode microfossils.