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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

Lydia Albright—Received a West Virginia Association for Cave Studies student grant and an Ohio University Geological Sciences Alumni Research Grant. Her adviser is Dr. Gregory Springer.

Shaolin Censullo—Received the Schuchert and Dunbar Grant-in-Aid, IGCP 653 student travel grant, Geological Society of America student travel grant, and an Ohio University Geological Sciences Alumni Research Grant. She also received the Outstanding Graduate Student Award from the Department of Geological Sciences. Her adviser is Dr. Alyica Stigall.

Rex Cosgrove—Received an award from the College of Arts & Sciences Graduate Student Research Fund and an Ohio University Geological Sciences Alumni Research Grant. His adviser is Dr. Eung Seok Lee.

Logan Jacobs—Won the Graduate Associate Outstanding Teaching Award from Ohio University and the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award from the Department of Geological Sciences. He also received an Ohio University Geological Sciences Alumni Research Grant. His adviser is Dr. Keith Milam.

Ceara Purcell—Received a Dry Dredger Paleontological Research Grant and an Ohio University Geological Sciences Alumni Research Grant. Her adviser is Dr. Alycia Stigall.

Ryan Wolbert—Won the Farvolden Award at the National Groundwater Association's annual Groundwater Summit. He also received the Outstanding Graduate Student Award from the Department of Geological Sciences. His adviser is Dr. Eung Seok Lee.

Recent Graduate Student Theses

Lydia Albright, 2020. Hydraulic Modeling of Floods in an Open Conduit Cave. Adviser: Dr. Gregory Springer.

Sebastian Barkett, 2020. Physical and Chemical Parameters Determining Bacterial Growth in Acid Mine. Adviser: Dr. Dina López.

Shaolin Censullo, 2020. Did alternating dispersal and vicariance contribute to increased biodiversification during the Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event?: A phylogenetic test using brachiopods. Adviser: Dr. Alycia Stigall.

Rex Cosgrove, 2020. Optimization and Analysis of the Effects of the Temperature, pH, and Injection Techniques on a Slow-Release Permanganate Gel for DNAPL Remediation. Adviser: Dr. Eung Seok Lee.

Eric Gibbs, 2020. Petrographic, Geochemical, and Geophysical Well Log Assessment of the Precambrian Basement in Eastern Ohio. Adviser: Dr. Dan Hembree.

Ryan Wolbert, 2020. Remediation Approach for Improving Acid Mine Drainage Conditions Using Slow Release Hydrogen Peroxide Systems. Adviser: Dr. Eung Seok Lee.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

David Vanadia, 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.